Monday, July 03, 2006

Thrift Store Finds

I was very excited about my book finds for the weekend! I finally have a copy of Sue Monk Kidd's The Secret Life of Bees ($2.50). Like I said earlier I've wanted to read this book for awhile but I will probably put it off for some time so that my thoughts on The Mermaid Chair won't influence this one.

I also found James Frey's A Million Little Pieces ($1.50) which I've wanted to read too because of all the controversy surrounding it.

I found a great copy of Rachel Carson's Silent Spring ($.25) which is a wonderful book on toxins harming not only our environment but our bodies (ex DDT).

My new finds of the weekends were Rachel Kadish's From a Sealed Room ($1.25) and Myra Friedman's Buried Alive: The Biography of Janis Joplin ($.35). In Kadish's novel "a family in Jerusalem shares a specially prepared room in their apartment, the sealed room that all Israeli households retreated to during the Iraqi scud attacks of the Gulf War." Kadish "entwines the lives of three women: an adventurous young college student from New York, an emotionally enclosed Israeli housewife, and a fragile Holocaust survivor. It is a powerful exploration of the struggle between safety and suffocation and a reminder of both the power and peril of freedom." (Publisher comments) It sounds like an interesting read.

The Biography of Janis Joplin sounds good as well. She died so long ago that not much is written on her and this biography came out a year after her death and was authorized by Joplin herself which is always a good sign.

What did you find this weekend?


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