(Every week I add new titles to CCLaP's ever-growing "to-read" list, mostly through the free library monitoring service Wowbrary.com; and now thanks to a reader's suggestion, I share that list of new additions each week here at the blog as well, including brief descriptions of why I added them to my list. For the entire reading list including its hundreds and hundreds of titles, visit either CCLaP's Goodreads.com profile or its Amazon wish list.)
It was a fairly small list of choices at the library this week; here are the four new titles I ended up adding to my own 'to-read' list...
Lost and Found in Russia: Lives in the Post Soviet Landscape
A fascinating premise -- after the fall of communism, a Western journalist returns again and again to Russia between 1992 and 2008, following the long-term fates of former "comrades" now turned entrepreneurs, gangsters, artists, spiritualists and more. Not a single review yet at Goodreads.com, but a ton of people have added it to their to-read list.
The Wars of the Roses
Added simply because I've always wanted to know more about the subject, this is a new take on the series of royal wars that occurred at the end of the British Medieval period.
India Calling: An Intimate Portrait of a Nation's Remaking
Covering a pet reading subject of mine these days, this follows a second-generation Indian-American and young journalist as he essentially reverses his parents' immigration path, in order to discover and report on what life is like at actual street level in 21st-century Mumbai.
On Maggie's Watch
Ann Wertz Garvin
Added mostly in an attempt to keep my reading list varied, this sounds like one of the rare novels designed for middle-class suburban housewives that I might like as well, a supposed dark comedy about a pregnant Wisconsin mom whose hormones go a bit out of control, and who becomes convinced through her Neighborhood Watch shifts that one of their neighbors is a sexual predator. Lots of women at Goodreads claim that this captures the emotional insanity of pregnancy perfectly, which intrigues me.