Waiting on Wednesday: The Sleeping Dictionary by Sujata Massey

August 7th, 2013

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Waiting On Wednesday is a weekly event, hosted by Breaking the Spine, that spotlights upcoming releases that we’re eagerly anticipating.

My pick this week is a book called The Sleeping Dictionary by Sujata Massey that releases on August 20.  What first attracted me about this book was the beautiful cover with the book on the bed and the colors so vibrant.   I’ll be reviewing this one later in the month but for now here is a bit about the book from Amazon:

 

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YOU ASK FOR MY NAME, THE REAL ONE, AND I CANNOT TELL. IT IS NOT FOR LACK OF EFFORT.

In 1930, a great ocean wave blots out a Bengali village, leaving only one survivor, a young girl. As a maidservant in a British boarding school, Pom is renamed Sarah and discovers her gift for languages. Her private dreams almost die when she arrives in Kharagpur and is recruited into a secretive, decadent world. Eventually, she lands in Calcutta, renames herself Kamala, and creates a new life rich in books and friends. But although success and even love seem within reach, she remains trapped by what she is . . . and is not. As India struggles to throw off imperial rule, Kamala uses her hard-won skills—for secrecy, languages, and reading the unspoken gestures of those around her—to fight for her country’s freedom and her own happiness.

You can pre-order a copy at Amazon, Amazon Canada, or B&N

 

I can’t wait to read it!  How about everyone else?  What are you anxiously waiting to read?

 

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Waiting on Wednesday (Feb 20)

February 20th, 2013

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Waiting On Wednesday is a weekly event, hosted by Breaking the Spine, that spotlights upcoming releases that we’re eagerly anticipating.

My pick this week is one book I’m really anxious to read because I’ve been waiting forever it seems for him to come out with another book.  It is And the Mountains Echoed by Khaled Hosseini.  Unfortunately I still have a long wait as it doesn’t release until May 21/13.  I have read both of his other books The Kite Runner and A Thousand Splendid Suns and they rate among my absolute favorites.  Needless to say this is a must read for me!

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Here is a bit about the book from Penguin.com

An unforgettable novel about finding a lost piece of yourself in someone else

Khaled Hosseini, the #1 New York Times–bestselling author of The Kite Runner and A Thousand Splendid Suns, has written a new novel about how we love, how we take care of one another, and how the choices we make resonate through generations. In this tale revolving around not just parents and children but brothers and sisters, cousins and caretakers, Hosseini explores the many ways in which families nurture, wound, betray, honor, and sacrifice for one another; and how often we are surprised by the actions of those closest to us, at the times that matter most. Following its characters and the ramifications of their lives and choices and loves around the globe—from Kabul to Paris to San Francisco to the Greek island of Tinos—the story expands gradually outward, becoming more emotionally complex and powerful with each turning page.

You can pre-order at:

Penguin
Amazon
Amazon Canada
B&N
IndieBound

 

It sounds so good and I just can’t wait to get it in my hands!  What about all of you – what you are anxiously waiting for?

Waiting on Wednesday (Jan 30)

January 30th, 2013

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Waiting On Wednesday is a weekly event, hosted by Breaking the Spine, that spotlights upcoming releases that we’re eagerly anticipating.

Gosh it’s been ages since I’ve participated in a Waiting on Wednesday – I miss posting about the books I’m excited about. My pick this week is for a book I’m over the top excited about by a fantastic author who I not only respect but consider a friend as do many bloggers. It’s called Looking For Me by Beth Hoffman and it releases on May 28/13. Beth is the best-selling author of Saving CeeCee Honeycutt which was a book I loved as so many of us did (my review) and she returns with another southern novel that is sure to captivate audiences once again. I love this cover – it’s beautiful!

 

looking for me

 

Here’s a bit about it from Beth’s website

“My little brother was so wonderstruck by the world around him that never once did I hear him cry. He’d sit in that old buggy with his eyes wide and his ears pricked sharp as a deer’s. It seemed to me that nature spoke to him more plainly than any human voice … as if the wind moving through the trees and the subtle change in a blackbird’s song told him the truth of things.”

Each time Teddi Overman leaves her antiques shop in Charleston, South Carolina and visits the Kentucky farm of her youth, she’s drawn to the mysterious beauty of Red River Gorge where her brother Josh went missing. Though his absence remains unimaginable, Teddi builds a life as unexpected and quirky as the customers who frequent her shop. As she comes to terms with the events that shattered her family and finds love in the most surprising way, Teddi must decide what to let go of and what to keep.

In Looking for Me, bestselling author Beth Hoffman brings forth an evocative, multilayered story that moves between the charms of Charleston and Kentucky’s woodlands while exposing the fragile wounds and strengths of a woman who comes to understand the words once written in a simple note and the remarkable boy who penned them.

You can pre-order Looking For Me at:

Amazon.com
Amazon.ca
B&N
IndieBound

 

Looking For Me sounds fantastic doesn’t it!  Obviously I’m excited to  read it so stay tuned as I’ll be reviewing it.  There is a bit of a wait until May but we all know how fast the time flies by.  In the meantime if you haven’t read Saving CeeCee Honeycutt you really should because it is a beautiful book that you won’t soon forget.  How about the rest of you?  What are you anxiously waiting for?

Waiting on Wednesday (May 2)

May 2nd, 2012

Waiting On Wednesday is a weekly event, hosted by Breaking the Spine, that spotlights upcoming releases that we’re eagerly anticipating.

My pick this week is Michelle Moran’s newest novel The Second Empress: A Novel of Napoleon’s Court to release on August 14/12.  I’ve been a longtime fan of Michelle’s  reading all of her books:  Nefertiti, The Heretic Queen, Cleopatra’s Daughter and most recently Madame Tussaud which I’m currently listening to and really enjoying.  She’s not only an amazing author but she’s a genuinely nice person who has really taken the time to become part of our blogging community.  With that being said I can’t wait to read The Second Empress!  Here’s a bit about it from Amazon.com

 

 

 

National bestselling author Michelle Moran returns to Paris, this time under the rule of Emperor Napoleon Bonaparte as he casts aside his beautiful wife to marry a Hapsburg princess he hopes will bear him a royal heir

After the bloody French Revolution, Emperor Napoleon’s power is absolute. When Marie-Louise, the eighteen year old daughter of the King of Austria, is told that the Emperor has demanded her hand in marriage, her father presents her with a terrible choice: marry the cruel, capricious Napoleon, leaving the man she loves and her home forever, or say no, and plunge her country into war.

Marie-Louise knows what she must do, and she travels to France, determined to be a good wife despite Napoleon’s reputation. But lavish parties greet her in Paris, and at the extravagant French court, she finds many rivals for her husband’s affection, including Napoleon’s first wife, Joséphine, and his sister Pauline, the only woman as ambitious as the emperor himself. Beloved by some and infamous to many, Pauline is fiercely loyal to her brother. She is also convinced that Napoleon is destined to become the modern Pharaoh of Egypt. Indeed, her greatest hope is to rule alongside him as his queen—a brother-sister marriage just as the ancient Egyptian royals practiced. Determined to see this dream come to pass, Pauline embarks on a campaign to undermine the new empress and convince Napoleon to divorce Marie-Louise.

As Pauline’s insightful Haitian servant, Paul, watches these two women clash, he is torn between his love for Pauline and his sympathy for Marie-Louise. But there are greater concerns than Pauline’s jealousy plaguing the court of France. While Napoleon becomes increasingly desperate for an heir, the empire’s peace looks increasingly unstable. When war once again sweeps the continent and bloodshed threatens Marie-Louise’s family in Austria, the second Empress is forced to make choices that will determine her place in history—and change the course of her life.

Based on primary resources from the time, The Second Empress takes readers back to Napoleon’s empire, where royals and servants alike live at the whim of one man, and two women vie to change their destinies.

 

As always this novel sounds fantastic!  I haven’t read a lot on Napoleon’s Empire as of yet so I’m really looking forward to this one.  How about you – what are you waiting for this week?

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