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Fabulous Fiction Firsts #21 (Happy Mother's Day)

It is not for everyone but it will richly reward the patient reader.

The stream-of-consciousness narrative in Love Burns, the debut novel by noted Israeli playwright Edna Mazya, and the experimental writing style might feel like sand between the toes, but this "surprisingly fresh, deeply sardonic" (Publishers Weekly) tale of obsessive-love-turns-homicidal would keep you turning pages, and the provocative blend of sly humor and suspense might just win you over.

Ilan, a middle-aged astrophysics professor at a Haifa university is obsessed with his beautiful young wife while life is spiraling out of control. A fateful encounter with his wife’s sexy Russian lover proves to be his undoing. Thank heavens there is mother to take charge.

Already a bestseller in Europe.

New Fiction Titles on the New York Times Best Sellers List (5/7/06)

There were only two new titles this week. You can choose to spend time with the rich and idle of New York City or the humble and hardworking of South Africa.

At #2 is Blue Shoes and Happiness by Alexander McCall Smith: "The seventh novel in the No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency series, featuring Mma Ramotswe and her assistant, Grace Makutsi."

At #15 is The Debutante Divorcee by Plum Sykes: "Life among New York's rich, young, thin and newly ummarried, from the author of 'Bergdorf Blondes'."

Looking for some live emo?

Short for “emotion”, emo is a term used to describe emotionally-charged hardcore punk music. From quiet ballads to high-pitched guitar licks, poetic lyrics to a unique style of dress, emo is alive and well and coming to Ann Arbor!

Rainer Maria, an emo rock band, will play Sunday, May 14th at the Blind Pig. If you like a little pop with your punk or just want to try something new, check out this trio from Madison, Wisconsin. Named after the German poet Rainer Maria Rilke, the band has been on the music scene since 1995 and has released four albums. Catastrophe Keeps Us Together is their latest album and was released just last month.

If you like Rainer Maria you might also enjoy:

Crimson by Alkaline Trio
From Under the Cork Tree by Fall Out Boy
Louder Now by Taking Back Sunday

You too can keep tabs on Bush administration shakeups

Porter Goss
Porter Goss (image from Wikipedia)

AADL Select Sites : World

The recent resignation of CIA Director Porter Goss has followed a string of a high-profile personnel changes in the Bush administration. Other changes include replacing the Press Secretary Scott McClellan with Fox News and radio pundit Tony Snow and Joshua Bolten stepping in as Chief of Staff, a position previously held by Andrew Card.

With all these changes, it can be dificult to keep the people in power straight here in the U.S., to say nothing of what's occuring worldwide. That's where Rulers.org, one of our handy AADL Select Sites, steps in. This website details how leadership has changed in countries over their histories. For instance, you can see the powerful people in France throughout history, including its kings, emperor, and presidents.

Rulers.org also tracks recent changes in country officials and royalty. May 2006 has seen not only Goss's resignation, but also new cabinets in Israel and Afghanistan and a reshuffling of the British cabinet. Simply click the the month and year in which you're interested from the Rulers.org homepage.

Fabulous Fiction Firsts #20

Poet Elizabeth Rosner gives us in The Speed of Light a powerful debut about three unforgettable souls who overcome tragedies of the past to reconnect with one another and the world around them.

“With a sumptuous voice resonating with wisdom, Rosner's lyrical debut novel is a spellbinding tribute to the revelations that redeem us and the emotions that ennoble us.” (Booklist)

Elizabeth Rosner will join Jacquelyn Mitchard (Cage of Stars); Rebecca Johns(Icebergs); and Lisa Tucker (Once Upon a Day) at this year’s Ann Arbor Book Festival’s panel discussion entitled “The Female Perspective”, (May 13th, 12:00 noon). Rosner will be reading from her new novel Blue Nude, .

Fabulous Fiction Firsts #19

Dean Bakopoulos whose Please Don't Come Back from the Moon is one of only three first novels selected as one of 100 Notable Books of 2005 by The New York Times.

A Michigan native, Dean set the novel in fictitious Maple Rock, based on a stretch of Michigan Avenue between Lonyo and Livernois (in Detroit), where his family went to church, and the Warrendale neighborhood, where his grandparents lived.

This debut novel is ”A beautifully smart, comic, and moving narrative about the fathers who disappear and the sons who take their place”. (Charles Baxter).

Meet Dean on May 13th at the Ann Arbor Book Festival, Young Writers’ panel. In the meantime, here is Dean’s personal list of recommendations.

Three authors were born on this day

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Three authors were born on May 8.

David Attenborough turns 80 today. He is a naturalist and an astute observer of the world around us. Two of his most popular titles are: The Living Planet: A Portrait of the Earth and The Trials of Life: A Natural History of Animal Behavior.

The late Peter Benchley, best known for scaring the hooty out of us and keeping us out of the water with Jaws, would have been 66 today. He died February 11, 2006, of pulmonary fibrosis.

Thomas Pynchon, author of several challenging novels, turns 69. Just how many of us have actually finished Gravity's Rainbow or V.?

Food: Recent Writings on Food, Eating, and Cooking

Eat This Book: a Year of Gluttony and Glory on the Competitive Eating Circuit by Ryan Nerz
Insatiable: Tales from a Life of Delicious Excess by Gael Greene, the longtime food columnist for New York magazine
The Nasty Bits: Collected Varietal Cuts, Usable Trim, Scraps, and Bones, an assemblage of anecdotes arranged by tastes: salty, sweet, sour, bitter, and umami, by Anthony Bourdain
The Omnivore’s Dilemma: a Natural History of Four Meals by Michael Pollan
The Reach of a Chef: Beyond the Kitchen by Michael Ruhlman
Sacred Cow, Mad Cow: a History of Food Fears by Madeleine Ferrieres
The Sex Life of Food: When Body and Soul Meet to Eat by Bunny Crumpacker

New Fiction Titles on the New York Times Best Sellers List (4/30/06)

Fifty years after Irene Nemirovsky died in the Holocaust, her daughters finally released two novellas they had discovered in her papers. This unique and poignant legacy was first published last year in France and was a huge bestseller. Nemirovsky had emigrated as a child to Paris after the Russian Revolution and was living there with her own family when the Germans invaded in 1940. In the novellas she captures both the immediate moment and reflects on the historical truth of the terrible chaos that ended in her transportation to Auschwitz and death. For more on this new American bestseller check out this news article:
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/main.jhtml?xml=/news/2004/10/23/wfran23.xml&sSheet=/news/2004/10/23/ixworld.html

At #2 is Dark Harbor by Stuart Woods: Stone Barrington returns to investigate the death of his cousin.

At #3 is Oakdale Confidential by Anonymous: the author is blogging discontent about lack of credit for this bestselling novelization of a TV soap mystery.

At #4 is Dark Tort by Diane Mott Davidson: And caterer Goldy Schulz is back investigating the death of a paralegal.

At #8 is Chasing Destiny by Eric Jerome Dickey: another romantic entanglement runs into trouble when the woman becomes pregnant and the man is married.

At #11 is Suite Francaise by Irene Nemirovsky: this week's literary bestseller.

Hip Knits

Knitgrrl: Learn to Knit With 15 Fun and Funky Patterns, (starred review in School Library Journal), and the new Knitgrrl 2 are decidedly not your grandmother's knitting books. They are designed for teens and tweens, but is appropriate for beginning knitters of all ages.

The author, Shannon Okey's blog and website are chatty and loads of fun. Check them out.

She will join fellow knitter Jillian Moreno at the Ann Arbor Book Festival, May 13, at 11:00 a.m. for a program, followed by signing.

Stick around the Festival and come cheer for Shannon at 4 p.m. at the Library Pavilion for the 3rd Annual Celebrity Spelling Bee. We expect great things from this past district champ.

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