Sunday, June 12, 2011

The Sunday Salon - Unbridled Buying!!!

It's been an exciting weekend in books. I finished up Simon Van Booy's first novel on Friday night, and I'll post a review of it tomorrow. Now I'm waffling between books trying to decide exactly what's going to stick. I'm about 50 pages into Jael McHenry's The Kitchen Daughter, and while it's OK, it's not exactly blowing my skirt up. I also got my hold copy of ROOM from the library, but I haven't decided if I'm in the mood for it either.

Thursday night, when I was messing around in my Google Reader, I saw a post from Vasilly and was reminded of Unbridled Books' special e-book offer: 25 e-books on sale for 25 cents each. After looking through the list of participating indie bookstores,  I took the opportunity to register for an account at a local indie, A Real Bookstore in Fairview, TX. I had no idea it existed until I decided to take advantage of the promo, and now I can't wait to visit in person!

I found some great books in the Unbridled list, and snatched up five books for $1.35 (including tax). A steal, I tell you!

Here we go:

Breath and Bones by Susann Cokal - In 1884, Famke Summerfugl is ousted from her convent in Denmark for . . . sensuousness and pulled from servitude by a second-rate painter named Albert Castle. Loving to be looked at, and able to stand perfectly still without shivering, Famke is the ideal artist's model. When Albert takes his eight-foot masterpiece and leaves his model behind, Famke sets out over the Atlantic, convinced that she is his muse. Following Mirabilis, her highly acclaimed debut, Susann Cokal blends pre-Raphaelite painting, American brothels, Utahan polygamists, a bit of cross-dressing, a dynamite-wielding labor movement, one California millionaire, and the invention of electircal sexual stimulation (as treatment for consumption) into a comic novel that gallops across the American West.

Captivity by Deborah Noyes - The background for this love story is the strange, true tale of the Fox Sisters, the enigmatic family of young women who, in upstate New York in 1848, by pretending to speak with the dead unwittingly (but artfully) gave birth to a religious movement that touched two continents: The American Spiritualists. But the core of this lyrical novel is the tragedy of Clara Gill, a reclusive woman of a certain age who has isolated herself following the scandalous loss of her beautiful young lover. Clara's reluctant admission that the Fox Sisters might show her a way to live with love once more carries the reader into what it means to hope in the darkness.

The Good Doctor Guillotin by Marc Estrin - The Good Doctor Guillotin follows five characters to a common destination—the scaffold at the first guillotining of the French Revolution:

Here we go...

Panopticon by David Bajo - As the California borderland newspaper where they work prepares to close, three reporters are oddly given assignments to return to stories they've covered beforeeach one surprisingly personal. The first assignment takes reporter Aaron Klinsman and photographer Rita Valdez to an abandoned motel room where the mirrors are draped with towels, bits of black tape cover the doorknobs, and the perfect trace of a woman's body is imprinted on the bed sheets. From this sexually charged beginning on land his family used to own Klinsman, Rita, and their colleague, Oscar Medem understand that they are supposed to uncover something. They just don't know what.

Rain Village by Carolyn Turgeon - Young Tessa is a diminutive girl, far too small for farm work, and the object of ridicule by both her own family and the other children in their isolated Midwestern community. Her father seems to believe in nothing beyond his crops, certainly not education for his misfit daughter. When a mysterious, entrancing librarian comes to town, full of fabulous stories, earthy wisdom and potions for the lovelorn, she takes Tessa under her wing, teaching her to read and to believe in herself — and a whole new magical world of possibilities opens up.
Have you read any of these? Something else from Unbridled?? They all sound great, so I'm having an even harder time choosing what to read next!

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