Books Previews 9-10 Agosto 2010


Molti dei romanzi che vi presentiamo oggi, disponibili nelle librerie americane dal 9 e 10 agosto, hanno un comune denominatore: si tratta in molti casi di storie di donne forti…e quasi sempre protagoniste di forti passioni.
Vi segnaliamo, in particolare, City of Veils di Zoe Ferraris, un affresco della condizione femminile in Arabia Saudita, e Three Sisters di Bi Feiyu, che narra la storia di tre sorelle che in Cina combattono contro il proprio destino, segnato nello stesso momento in cui sono nate.
E per chi ama le storie di vampiri (ma quelle romantiche alla Twilight, per intenderci), c’è Dracula in Love di Karen Essex, ossia il diario romantico di Mina che racconta la sua storia di amore e passione con il conte vampiro più famoso della letteratura moderna.
Insomma: buona lettura in lingua originale!!


  • City of Veils: A Novel by Zoë Ferraris
    400 pages – Publisher: Little Brown & Company – ISBN-13: 9780316074278
    Book Description: Women in Saudi Arabia are expected to lead quiet lives circumscribed by Islamic law and tradition. But Katya, one of the few women in the medical examiner’s office, is determined to make her work mean something.
    When the body of a brutally beaten woman is found on the beach in Jeddah, the city’s detectives are ready to dismiss the case as another unsolvable murder – chillingly common in a city where the veils of conservative Islam keep women as anonymous in life as the victim is in death. If this is another housemaid killed by her employer, finding the culprit will be all but impossible.
    Only Katya is convinced that the victim can be identified and her killer found. She calls upon her friend Nayir for help, and soon discovers that the dead girl was a young filmmaker named Leila, whose controversial documentaries earned her many enemies.
    With only the woman’s clandestine footage as a guide, Katya and Nayir must confront the dark side of Jeddah that Leila struggled to expose: an underworld of prostitution, violence, exploitation, and jealously guarded secrets. Along the way, they form an unlikely alliance with an American woman whose husband has disappeared. Their growing search takes them from the city’s car-clogged streets to the deadly vastness of the desert beyond.
    In City of Veils, Zoë Ferraris combines a thrilling, fast-paced mystery with a rare and intimate look into women’s lives in the Middle East.
  • Three Sisters by Bi Feiyu
    288 pages – Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt – ISBN-13: 9780151013647
    Book Description: In a small village in China, the Wang family has produced seven sisters in its quest to have a boy; three of the sisters emerge as the lead characters in this remarkable novel. From the small-town treachery of the village to the slogans of the Cultural Revolution to the harried pace of city life, Bi Feiyu follows the women as they strive to change the course of their destinies and battle against an ‘infinite ocean of people’ in a China that does not truly belong to them. Yumi will use her dignity, Yuxiu her powers of seduction, and Yuyang her ambition—all in an effort to take control of their world, their bodies, and their lives.
  •  The Tower, The Zoo, and The Tortoise by Julia Stuart
    320 pages – Publisher: Doubleday – ISBN-13: 9780385533287
    Book Description: Brimming with charm and whimsy, this exquisite novel set in the Tower of London has the transportive qualities and delightful magic of the contemporary classics Chocolat and Amélie.
    Balthazar Jones has lived in the Tower of London with his loving wife, Hebe, and his 120-year-old pet tortoise for the past eight years. That’s right, he is a Beefeater (they really do live there). It’s no easy job living and working in the tourist attraction in present-day London.
    Among the eccentric characters who call the Tower’s maze of ancient buildings and spiral staircases home are the Tower’s Rack & Ruin barmaid, Ruby Dore, who just found out she’s pregnant; portly Valerie Jennings, who is falling for ticket inspector Arthur Catnip; the lifelong bachelor Reverend Septimus Drew, who secretly pens a series of principled erot­ica; and the philandering Ravenmaster, aiming to avenge the death of one of his insufferable ravens.
    When Balthazar is tasked with setting up an elaborate menagerie within the Tower walls to house the many exotic animals gifted to the Queen, life at the Tower gets all the more interest­ing. Penguins escape, giraffes are stolen, and the Komodo dragon sends innocent people running for their lives. Balthazar is in charge and things are not exactly running smoothly. Then Hebe decides to leave him and his beloved tortoise “runs” away.
    Filled with the humor and heart that calls to mind the delight­ful novels of Alexander McCall Smith, and the charm and beauty of The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society, The Tower, the Zoo, and the Tortoise is a magical, wholly origi­nal novel whose irresistible characters will stay with you long after you turn the stunning last page.


  • Blind Man’s Alley: A Novel by Justin Peacock
    480 pages – Publisher: Doubleday – ISBN-13: 9780385531061
    Book Description: A concrete floor three hundred feet up in the Aurora Tower condo development in SoHo has collapsed, hurling three workers to their deaths. The developer, Roth Properties (owned by the famously abrasive Simon Roth), faces a vast tangle of legal problems, including allegations of mob connections. Roth’s longtime lawyers, the elite midtown law firm of Blake and Wolcott, is assigned the task of cleaning up the mess. Much of the work lands on the plate of smart, cynical, and sea­soned associate Duncan Riley; as a result, he falls into the pow­erful orbit of Leah Roth, the beautiful daughter of Simon Roth and the designated inheritor of his real estate empire.
    Meanwhile, Riley pursues a seemingly small pro bono case in which he attempts to forestall the eviction of Rafael Nazario and his grandmother from public housing in the wake of a pot bust. One night Rafael is picked up and charged with the mur­der of the private security cop who caught him, a murder that took place in another controversial “mixed income” housing development being built by … Roth Properties. Duncan Riley is now walking the knife edge of legal ethics and personal morality.


  • Dracula in Love by Karen Essex
    384 pages – Publisher: Doubleday – ISBN-13: 9780385528917 
    Book Description: From the shadowy banks of the river Thames to the wild and windswept Yorkshire coast, Dracula’s eternal muse, Mina Murray, vividly recounts the intimate details of what really transpired between her and the Count—the joys and terrors of a passionate affair that has linked them through the centuries, and her rebellion against her own frightening preternatural powers.
    Mina’s version of this gothic vampire tale is a visceral journey into Victorian England’s dimly lit bedrooms, mist-filled cemeteries, and asylum chambers, revealing the dark secrets and mysteries locked within. Time falls away as she is swept into a mythical journey far beyond mortal comprehension, where she must finally make the decision she has been avoiding for almost a millennium. 
    Bram Stoker’s classic novel offered one side of the story, in which Mina had no past and bore no responsibility for the unfolding events. Now, for the first time, the truth of Mina’s personal voyage, and of vampirism itself, is revealed. What this flesh and blood woman has to say is more sensual, more devious, and more enthralling than the Victorians could have expressed or perhaps even have imagined.


  • Toby and the Secrets of the Tree by Timothee de Fombelle
    432 pages – Publisher: Candlewick Press – ISBN-13: 9780763646554
    Book Description: Toby’s world is under greater threat than ever before. A giant crater has been dug right into the center of the Tree, moss and lichen have invaded the branches, and one tyrant controls it all. Leo Blue, once Toby’s best friend, is holding Toby’s beloved Elisha prisoner, hunting the Grass People with merciless force, and inflicting a life of poverty and fear on the Tree People. But after several years among the Grass People, Toby has returned to fight back. And this time he’s not alone: a resistance is forming. In the much-anticipated sequel to the award-winning Toby Alone, the compelling eco-adventure reaches its gripping conclusion.

(Fonte: Bookbrowse)

40enne, mamma di una ex Vitellina, moglie di un cuoco provetto. Le mie passioni: lettura e scrittura. E ZeBuk. Fresca Expat in quel di Londra, vago come un bambino in un negozio di giocattoli nei mercatini di libri usati. Forse è questo il Paradiso!


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