My bookish week got off to a great start last Monday, with four books filling up my mailbox. I was a little sad that it stayed empty after that, but really, that’s just fine! I’ve got enough books to keep me busy for some time. I just love them enough to always be happy to see more.
The Used World Emporium is the sprawling antique store where Hazel, Claudia, and Rebekah pass their days surrounded by dusty furniture, cast-off clothes, and ancient housewares. But with the unexpected arrival of two babies—and the unfolding of not one but three love stories, each spanning generations—their formerly used world becomes new again. Heartrending, hilarious, and inspiring, this is the book that Kimmel’s loyal fans have been waiting for—and it is certain to win her legions of new ones.
The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind: Creating Currents of Electricity and Hope by William Kamkwamba and Bryan Mealer is for a TLC Tour in August. Thanks Trish!
William Kamkwamba was born in Malawi, Africa, a country plagued by AIDS and poverty. Like most people in his village, his family subsisted on the meag…more William Kamkwamba was born in Malawi, Africa, a country plagued by AIDS and poverty. Like most people in his village, his family subsisted on the meager crops they could grow, living without the luxuries—consider necessities in the West—of electricity or running water. Already living on the edge, the situation became dire when, in 2002, Malawi experienced the worst famine in 50 years. Struggling to survive, 14-year-old William was forced to drop out of school because his family could not afford the $80-a-year tuition.
Though he was not in a classroom, William continued to think, learn—and dream. Armed with curiosity, determination, and a library book he discovered in a nearby library, he embarked on a daring plan—to build a windmill that could bring his family the electricity only two percent of Malawians could afford. Using scrap metal, tractor parts, and blue-gum trees, William forged a crude yet working windmill, an unlikely hand-built contraption that would successfully power four light bulbs and two radios in his family’s compound. Soon, news of his invention spread, attracting interest and offers of help from around the world. Not only did William return to school but he and was offered the opportunity to visit wind farms in the United States, much like the ones he hopes to build across Africa.
A moving tale of one boy’s struggle to create a better life, The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind is William’s amazing story—a journey that offers hope for the lives of other Africans—and the whole world, irrefutably demonstrating that one individual can make a difference.
From the publisher:
TWO BRILLIANT AGENTS
FBI Special Agent Monica Davenport has made a career out of profiling serial killers. But getting inside the twisted minds of the cruel and the sadistic has taken its toll: She’s walled herself off from the world. Yet Monica can’t ignore fellow agent Luke Dante, the only man who ever broke through her defenses.
ONE DREAM TEAM
Luke has the unique ability to put victims at ease . . . professionally, he and Monica made a perfect team. Now they’re reunited to catch a murderer who uses his victims’ deepest, darkest fears for sport – but their investigative skills aren’t enough. Luke and Monica will have to face the secrets from their past, the ones that terrify them the most, if they are to have a future together.
But can they catch a killer whose weapon is . . .
I’m intrigued, and hope to find time to read it.
From Europa Editions:
In this subversive comic extravaganza, Dublin-born film-school dropout Trevor finds himself washed up in New York where he answers an ad to work as a companion to Ed, a wheelchair-bound teenager with muscular dystrophy. Ed’s family is extremely wealthy and extremely dysfunctional. Ed’s father, a guilt-ridden judge, rarely emerges from his dusty study. Ed’s morbidly obese, sexually perverse mother retired to her bed after a skiing incident ten years ago. They may live in the same luxurious apartment, but Ed and his parents barely interact. A bizarre yet touching friendship develops between Trevor and Ed—both men are equally in need of someone who can show them understanding and compassion.
As the boisterous narrative increasingly focuses its attention on Trevor’s past and the mysterious stirrings of his psyche, The Companion becomes a darkly humorous tale of obsession and madness. This Irish take on One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest and A Confederacy of Dunces announces the debut of a singular and electrifying new talent.
I almost forgot the books I bought at the Audible.com sale!
- The Mystery of Grace By Charles de Lint
- An Abundance of Katherines By John Green
- In the Woods By Tana French
- Into the Beautiful North By Luis Alberto Urrea
What did you get this week? Feel free to leave a link here, and don’t forget to check out the full list!