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Sunday Salon: Recent Acquisitions and a Completed Challenge

Sunday, August 14, 2011

Sunday Salon
I'm a couple of weeks late posting this wrap-up, but the Middle East Reading Challenge hosted at Helen's Book Blog ended July 31. The challenge was to read one book set in the Middle East. I read three. I hoped to do better, but I'm still happy that I read that many. They were:
  1. Shadow of the Swords by Kamran Pasha
  2. Rooftops of Tehran by Mahbod Seraji
  3. Embroideries by Marjane Satrapi
Middle East Reading Challenge

Last weekend I went on a little binge at Barnes & Noble. I had a pretty hefty gift card in hand and I just finally had to spend it. I got

Cutting for Stone by Abraham Verghese

I was looking primarily for these two, so imagine my excitement when they were both on the "Buy 2 Get 1 Free" table! Score! After much deliberation, I chose

South of Broad by Pat Conroy as my free book.

I also got

Heartless by Gail Carriger because I own the other three in the series.

While I was there, this caught my eye:

I'm a little worried about it, but the "lively and entertaining" part gives me hope. I'm doing much better with non-fiction, but mostly I read narrative non-fiction, not "how-to's." We'll see.

So, what do you think? Have you read any of these?

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  1. I've heard great things about Cutting for Stone. I did not know that it was written by Verghese. He's a doctor. A fairly famous one. He's a local legend back home (I lived in Johnson City, TN for 5 years) and a major player in the history of the AIDS epidemic. I'm going to have read this book. I want to know his take on fiction.

    There's even a movie about him - with Naveen Andrews from lost!

  2. I loved South of Broad...hope you do, too. I got one of his other books last week: Beach Music.

    Love your blog header!


  3. Thank you for posting about the Middle East Challenge! We'll start up again in January 2012.

    I liked Cutting for Stone and Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet. You've got some great reading waiting for you!

  4. I actually saaw a review that said they were really disappointed with How to Read Literature... :[ But, to each their own and maybe you will enjoy it much more than she did!

  5. I just got Heartless recently, too - can't wait to find time to read it!

    And Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet is a beautiful book - one of my favorites.

  6. Great choice! I loved so much Cutting For Stone, one of my best this year for sure. Here is my review:
    Emma @ Words And Peace


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