23 January 2009

Friday Finds: Jan. 23

I post all my weekly discoveries on Sundays, but I like to highlight one or two books for this meme. For other Friday Finds, please click on over to Should Be Reading.

I have two Friday Finds to share this week, both from fellow bloggers.

I found Going to See the Elephant by Rodes Fishburne on Alea's terrific blog Pop Culture Junkie. Here are just a couple of sentences from her review: "Going To See The Elephant is hilarious, quirky, and very full of great little details. It felt to me that the story was set in an alternate universe San Fransisco. For the life of me I couldn't figure out what time period it takes place in and I loved it for that. It's truly original." Click the links to see what else Alea said.

The next book comes from Michele's fantastic blog A Reader's Respite. The School of Essential Ingredients by Erica Bauermeister is a novel that centers around a cooking school. Seems tailor made for me. Here are a few sentences from her review: "[T]his novel is, above all else, a beautifully written character study of each student in Lillian's class. Each character is given their own chapter and their diversity is bound to strike a chord in readers from all walks of life." Click the links to read Michele's full review.


Michele 1/23/09, 8:16 AM  

Aw, thank for the mention, Beth! I always look forward to your posts on Fridays and Sundays because we have such similar reading tastes I know whatever you've found will pique my interest as well. :)

Anonymous,  1/23/09, 8:26 AM  

I thought The School of Essential Ingredients was so good, I didn't want it to end.

Anonymous,  1/23/09, 8:45 AM  

I read and Advanced Reader's Copy of The School of Essential Ingredients... I was sort of indifferent about it. I have a hard time with novels that alternate characters/viewpoints from chapter to chapter, although I did like the storyline and how they all come together.

Anonymous,  1/23/09, 8:46 AM  

And I apologize for the all the typos in my my previous comment. How horrifying!

Beth F 1/23/09, 8:53 AM  

Michele: no problem, I liked your review and the book sounds great.

Kathy/Bermuda: I remember that you said you liked it too. Your opinion also influenced me because I know you're a fellow cook. (Sorry Ms. RR!)

Msmazzola/Denmark: we've all done it!

Alea 1/23/09, 9:08 AM  

Yay! I hope you enjoy Going to See the Elephant!

This reminds me, I'm about a week behind on my own comments, ugh!

Anonymous,  1/23/09, 9:32 AM  

Both these books sound real good to me!

My finds

Anonymous,  1/23/09, 11:04 AM  

Great finds, Beth! I find myself intrigued with both books too, from your description about them. I'm off to check out the reviews! =)

Sandy Nawrot 1/23/09, 11:06 AM  

Well, you are right on the mark with these finds! Michele's book is already on my list, and Going to See the Elephant sounds like something I need. Fun and quirky is necessarily life now and again!

Nely 1/23/09, 11:23 AM  

I've recently read good things about The School of Essential Ingredients. I WANT IT!

Eidin 1/23/09, 1:02 PM  

"...an alternate universe San Francisco..." fascinating!

This week a new book managed to find me.

Friday Find

Lynda 1/23/09, 1:10 PM  

The school of essential ingredients sounds interesting
Lynda ;0)

Anonymous,  1/23/09, 2:22 PM  

I found "Going to See the Elephant" when I was surfing Amazon. It did look good!

Shana 1/23/09, 4:43 PM  

I was pretty wowed by Michele's review of The School of Essential Ingredients too!

avisannschild 1/23/09, 5:54 PM  

The School of Essential Ingredients is definitely on my list too!

Anonymous,  1/24/09, 10:28 AM  

oHH God! Haven't I missed this ;) :)

okay I haven't heard of these books :(

sigh.. I m so back on my reading!

Beth F 1/24/09, 10:33 AM  

Veens!! Yay!!!! you're back!!!

Anonymous,  1/24/09, 9:50 PM  

I put The School of Essential Ingredients on my list after reading a couple good reviews in the blogsphere. Looks like it's going to be a big hit. :)

Bonnie 1/25/09, 11:31 AM  

I can't wait to read The School of Essential Ingredients. It's just the kind of book that I enjoy. I'll check out Michele's review.

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