Wednesday, 16 February 2011

Waiting on Wednesday!

It's that time of the week again! WoW is hosted by Jill at Breaking the Spine.

I always sort of fear this meme because I'm so bad at keeping up with what's being published.
My Mother the Man Eater
However, I am exited for 'My Mother the Man Eater' to be launched on the 24th of this month!! Hop over here to read the interview with the author Tracy Krauss and the review!

But I don't think that counts so I did some research and I'm genuinely exited for this: 'You Think That's Bad' by Jim Shepard. It's a collection of short stories and here's the summary:
And doesn't the cover just look amazing?? Imagine being able to do that!! Anyway, what are you wainting for? And have you ever been reall disappointed by something you were waiting for?
Following Like You’d Understand, Anyway—awarded the Story Prize and a finalist for the National Book Award—Jim Shepard returns with an even more wildly diverse collection of astonishingly observant stories. Like an expert curator, he populates the vastness of human experience—from its bizarre fringes and lonely, breathtaking pinnacles to the hopelessly mediocre and desperately below average—with brilliant scientists, reluctant soldiers, workaholic artists, female explorers, depraved murderers, and deluded losers, all wholly convincing and utterly fascinating.

You Think That's Bad: Stories
A “black world” operative at Los Alamos isn’t allowed to tell his wife anything about his daily activities, but he can’t resist sharing her intimate confidences with his work buddy. A young Alpine researcher falls in love with the girlfriend of his brother, who was killed in an avalanche he believes he caused. An unlucky farm boy becomes the manservant of a French nobleman who’s as proud of his military service with Joan of Arc as he’s aroused by the slaughter of children. A free-spirited autodidact, grieving her lost sister, traces the ancient steps of a ruthless Middle Eastern sect and becomes the first Western woman to travel the Arabian deserts. From the inventor of the Godzilla epics to a miserable G.I. in New Guinea, each comes to realize that knowing better is never enough.

Enthralling and unfailingly compassionate, You Think That’s Bad traverses centuries, continents, and social strata, but the joy and struggle that Shepard depicts with such devastating sensitivity—all the heartbreak, alienation, intimacy, and accomplishment—has a universal resonance.

5 comments:

  1. You think that's bad sounds like a trip! I am going to have to keep an eye out for it. Good picks.

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  2. here's mine http://tributebooksmama.blogspot.com/2011/02/waiting-on-wednesday_16.html

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  3. Both of those sound interesting, though the short stories might be a tad too much for me. Nice picks!

    If you'd like, you can check out my WoW post here.

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  4. Definitely keeping my eye out for 'You Think That's Bed'. Sounds great

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