Monday, May 17, 2010

Blue Monday and What r u reading?

This week I am joining Sheila again at One Persons Journey through a world of books.
Here is what I am reading and listening to this week! What about you?

From Publishers Weekly
Starred Review. De Rosnay's U.S. debut fictionalizes the 1942 Paris roundups and deportations, in which thousands of Jewish families were arrested, held at the Vélodrome d'Hiver outside the city, then transported to Auschwitz. Forty-five-year-old Julia Jarmond, American by birth, moved to Paris when she was 20 and is married to the arrogant, unfaithful Bertrand Tézac, with whom she has an 11-year-old daughter. Julia writes for an American magazine and her editor assigns her to cover the 60th anniversary of the Vél' d'Hiv' roundups. Julia soon learns that the apartment she and Bertrand plan to move into was acquired by Bertrand's family when its Jewish occupants were dispossessed and deported 60 years before. She resolves to find out what happened to the former occupants: Wladyslaw and Rywka Starzynski, parents of 10-year-old Sarah and four-year-old Michel. The more Julia discovers—especially about Sarah, the only member of the Starzynski family to survive—the more she uncovers about Bertrand's family, about France and, finally, herself. Already translated into 15 languages, the novel is De Rosnay's 10th (but her first written in English, her first language). It beautifully conveys Julia's conflicting loyalties, and makes Sarah's trials so riveting, her innocence so absorbing, that the book is hard to put down. (July)
Copyright © Reed Business Information, a division of Reed Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved. --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

From Booklist
Rachel Watkins runs her family’s dilapidated boardinghouse in Carlson, Minnesota, while raising her orphaned niece and working as a midwife. Her older sister, Alice, lost her husband, Mason, in WWI before he knew she was pregnant, then died the day Charlotte was born. That was also the day Rachel’s mother retreated to her bedroom and stayed. Eight years later, Rachel is trying to save their home from a predatory banker, keep her drunken uncle in line, and fend off the advances of an odious boarder. Charlotte and her beloved dog find a desperately ill hobo. Rachel brings him to the house, and is stunned when she finds out who he is. This is classic Garlock: a dramatic story in which good triumphs over evil and everyone gets their just desserts. --Diana Tixier Herald --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

Monday also brings a Meme at Sally's blog, Blue Monday!
This week I have a blue longaberger pitcher filled with peony blooms from our garden.
I also found these cute little bird figurines at Michaels.
Can't wait to see what you have to share as your blues this week!


Curling up by the Fire said...

Sarah's Key sounds like an interesting read. I'll be curious to see what you think about it when you're finished.

Have a great reading week!

SmilingSally said...

Oh, I've got to get to Michaels!

I've just started reading The Homecoming by Dan Walsh.

Happy Blue Monday.

Linda said...

I love your Longaberger pitcher and filled with the beautiful peonies it's just sooooo pretty.

I'm in between books, I'm want a little cozy mystery to last book left me feeling sad and depressed...hugs, Linda

Sheila (Bookjourney) said...

Sarah's Key is a wonderful read - I hope you enjoy it - I really did! :)

Ann said...

Love your peonies (my fav flower). They look gorgeous in your blue vase. Love the artwork too.

Laurel-Rain Snow said...

I think this is my first visit here! Lovely blog, with wonderful flowers...and the picture at the end of the post reminds me of those birthday cards I used to get as a child...they're probably from that era (1940s or so).

Nice books on your stack!

E.J. Stevens said...

It's Monday!

My What are you reading? is here.

Happy Monday. :)


p.s. I'm now following!

Anonymous said...

Love the Longaberger pitcher, but the peony blooms from your garden... just lovely. ... Karen

Joy Renee said...

Those both sound like my kind of story. I've put them in my wish list. Discovered our library system has both.

So glad I stopped by. I suppose it's pretty obvious why yours was the first link I clicked on the linky. :)

Blue Monday sounds like fun too. Blue being my favorite color I have a lot of it around me.