January 14, 2011

New to the Reading List: 14 January 2011

(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, by Susan Richards

Lost and Found in Russia: Lives in the Post Soviet Landscape
Susan Richards

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, by Michael Hicks

The Wars of the Roses
Michael Hicks

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

India Calling: An Intimate Portrait of a Nation's Remaking
Anand Giridharadas

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, by Ann Wertz Garvin

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.

Filed by Jason Pettus at 9:22 AM, January 14, 2011. Filed under: Literature | Profiles |