Good Reads for February!

Posted by Pat / on 02/16/2010 / 0 Comments

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The Girl Who Fell from the Sky by Heidi W. Durrow

February may be the shortest month, but it's packed with new titles from all genres. Postmodern icon Don DeLillo offers a meditation on contemporary experience in his eagerly anticipated new book, Point Omega; science fiction writer Connie Willis takes her readers into the future to the year 2060 in the time-traveling Blackout; or if looking backward is your pleasure, try Dan Simmons's Black Hills, a retelling of Custer's Last Stand and the heydays of the American West. Here are some other noteworthy titles that have been racing up our most popular charts this month.

Earning comparisons to Toni Morrison, debut novelist Durrow tells the story of a biracial young woman named Rachel. Following a violent family tragedy, Rachel must adjust to a new life with her strict grandmother in a predominantly black community. Amy calls it "a story of identity and race and the struggle to find where one belongs in the world. It is both painful and moving to read."

In 1951, a doctor took a tissue sample from a dying poor woman named Henrietta Lacks, without her knowledge or consent. The resulting "HeLa cells" became the first cell line to live outside the human body and are still bought and sold today by the billions. Popular Science editor Skloot researched HeLa's history and ethical corollaries for ten years. Gianna says, "If you find a better, more interesting, more important nonfiction book in 2010, I will shave my head."






Winter Garden by Kristin Hannah

Meredith and Nina have never felt close to their Russian mother, a woman seemingly devoid of warmth and love. But on his deathbed, their father asks them to care for their mother and give her the chance to tell them a fairy tale—the story of her life in Leningrad during World War II. Tonya says, "This will be a book that will haunt you for quite a while. The mother/daughter relationships took a twist from the usual. Hannah is a master storyteller!"

Just Kids by Patti Smith

Before she became the "Godmother of Punk," Patti Smith was just a kid hanging out in Brooklyn with lifelong friend Robert Mapplethorpe, a controversial photographer in the making. Smith writes about her halcyon days with help from her journals, revealing how two dreamers transformed into artists. Greg says, "Bob Dylan, Janis Joplin, Andy Warhol—they all appear. And the writing's what you would expect of a poet of Smith's caliber: beautiful, measured, and deeply felt."

Horns by Joe Hil

Hill emerges from the shadow of his father, Stephen King, with this horror novel. A year after his girlfriend's brutal murder, Ig wakes up with a wicked hangover and horns—actual horns—sprouting from his head. Now everyone he touches tells him their darkest, most evil thoughts. Tina says, "The prose flows through more twists and turns than a spastic snake. With more layers than an onion from hell, this story truly is the must-read new book of the year."

Debut young adult novelist Omololu relates 24 gritty hours in the life of a teen named Lucy who has always kept her mother's compulsive hoarding habit a carefully guarded secret. She lives a normal high school life by day and comes home to a house reeking of garbage each night. When her mother dies, Lucy is desperate to keep the painful truth from coming out. Nancy calls the book "fascinatingly disturbing" and asks, "How far would you go to protect your family secrets?"

Goodreads Poetry Contest!

Want your words to reach 3 million people? Goodreads and the ¡POETRY! group have partnered to host an ongoing poetry contest. Each month the winning poem will appear in our newsletter. Join the ¡POETRY! group to vote each month to pick a winner from among the finalists. You can also submit a poem for consideration. Here is our February winner!

Le déjeuner sur l'herbe
by Jane Ellen Glasser

I'm not embarrassed. No, my fixed stare
suggests only that you're interlopers on the scene.
Oh years ago, I could rouse a media storm.
Today my nakedness seems nominal. Clean

country air; a tipped basket of fruit,
a knot of bread; for cloth, the sweet
summer grass—this outing is a holiday from
my cramped flat, heat-swollen city streets.

A friend came with me. By the sun-lit bank
you'll find her, just risen from a bath,
slipping into a white chemise. Surely you've
entered into places like this, where faith
distills your life to one shimmering afternoon
and lets you rest there. But Manet tried
to warn us about opposites. Since you've
stayed, baffled by the canvas, I'll confide
there is something indelicate here. Business
suits at a picnic! Our dates refused to remove
their jackets and cravats. One stares off, bored,
into the distance. My suitor in the hat reproves
critics of the latest exhibit at the Salon
des Refusés as if I weren't here. Their
presence makes me more naked than I am.
Visitors to the museum can't help but stare.

With love,

Jessica, Elizabeth, and the Goodreads Team


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