The Lieutenant by Kate Grenville. Reviewed in the nyt 9/27. Fiction based on the life of a British marine who was in the First Fleet and tells of his connection to the Aboriginal culture, checked out (10/23) at UVa library. The Dairies of Jane Somers by Doris Lessing, recommended by blogger Patience Crabstick. The Spare Room by Helen Garner, recommended by Reading Matters, set in...
Cold by Bill Streever reviewed in today’s NYT looks good!
Remembering the Bones by Frances Itani — highly recommended by Corinne.
Several books look very interesting, based on the blog Reading Matters.
Oscar and Lucinda by Peter Carey, Molly Fox's Birthday by Dierdre Madden (not for purchase here yet, but Alderman has it), The Wilderness by Samantha Harvey, By the Lake by John MaGehern (and others by him; John Self also is enthusiastic about him).
Michael Dirda in the Post mentions two books republished by the New York Review of Books: J.R. Ackerley's (who wrote My Dog Tulip) Hindoo Holiday and G.B. Edwards's The Book of Ebenezer Le Page. The latter is about the author's life on the island of Guernsey and is described by Michael Dirda as deeply moving.
The Worst Hard Time: The Untold Story of Those Who Survived the Great American Dust Bowl by Timothy Egan. 2006. Reviewed in New Yorker.
The Forger’s Spell by Edward Dolnick about the WWII era Vermeer forger. Reviewed in the Post July 08.
Dreamers of the Day by Mary Doria Russell. Reviewed in the post 3/22
The Vanishing Act of Esme Lennox by Maggie O’Farrell. Reviewed in NYT 11/18/07
Run by Ann Patchett: Mary Susan is enthusiastic. Tenderness of Wolves by Stef Penney, a Jane Kingston suggestion. Food for Millionaires by Min Jin Lee Cheating at Canasta, William Trevor Captain Pantoja and the Special Service by Mario Vargas Llosa, very funny, according to Kit. Bridge of Sighs, Richard Russo Dancing to "Almendra" by Mayra Montero. Fact/fiction story...
Anne recommended My Life in France by Julia Child and My Family and Other Animals by Gerald Durrell. She also highly recommended Water for Elephants which was loaned to me the next day by Maureen.