The Astonishing Life of Octavian Nothing (Anderson), The Vinyard (Hurley), Hair Raising (Anderson), Mastering the Art of Soviet Cooking (von Bremzen)
What is on your TBR (to be read) stack, list, or shelves? I come across great books, or at least great sounding, brand new books, every day, but I only have time to read a small fraction of them. Here are a few more of the lovely books I have come across that are most definitely on my TBR list.
1. The Astonishing Life of Octavian Nothing, M.T. Anderson
I picked this book up at the library, in the young adult section. If you are looking for books that star people of color (aka not ‘white’ men) and that offer a challenging perspective on our own history and society, this one looks very promising.
From Goodreads: It sounds like a fairy tale. He is a boy dressed in silks and white wigs and given the finest of classical educations. Raised by a group of rational philosophers known only by numbers, the boy and his mother — a princess in exile from a faraway land — are the only persons in their household assigned names. As the boy’s regal mother, Cassiopeia, entertains the house scholars with her beauty and wit, young Octavian begins to question the purpose behind his guardians’ fanatical studies. Only after he dares to open a forbidden door does he learn the hideous nature of their experiments — and his own chilling role in them. Set against the disquiet of Revolutionary Boston, M. T. Anderson’s extraordinary novel takes place at a time when American Patriots rioted and battled to win liberty while African slaves were entreated to risk their lives for a freedom they would never claim. The first of two parts, this deeply provocative novel reimagines the past as an eerie place that has startling resonance for readers today.
2. The Vineyard, Michael Hurley (Expected publication: November 25th 2014 by Ragbagger Press )
I won a copy of this book through Goodreads First Reads program, and I know of at least one other book blogger reading this book right now.
Goodreads Blurb: From Michael Hurley, winner of the Chanticleer Reviews Grand Prize for his debut novel, THE PRODIGAL, comes a complex and ambitious tale of old money, young passion, and ancient mystery in a classic New England seaside town.
Dory Delano, Charlotte Harris, and Turner Graham have been drifting through life since their days as roommates at Smith College, ten years ago. Dory is resisting taking the reins of her family’s legacy and fortune even as she relishes the fabulous lifestyle it affords her in the fashionable seaside resort of Martha’s Vineyard. She invites her old friends to join her for a summer on the Vineyard in hopes of rediscovering the innocence of old days and healing new wounds. But hidden in their midst and unknown to all but a few, a reclusive—some say dangerous—fisherman wanders alone, fueling wild speculation about his purpose and his past. None of these women can imagine the events their encounter with the fisherman will set in motion, the shadow he will cast over their destinies, or the transformation that awaits the world they know.