On My Wishlist (#2) Believer
On My Wishlist is a fun weekly event hosted by Book Chick City and runs every Saturday. It’s where we list all the books we desperately want but haven’t actually bought yet. They can be old, new or forthcoming. It’s also an event that you can join in with too – Mr Linky is always at the ready for you to link your own ‘On My Wishlist’ post. If you want to know more click here.
My TBR pile is over flowing but I’m ALWAYS finding new novels that need to be added. This week I’m desperately smitten by the first two books on this list. It is purely by divine intervention that I have not locked myself away to devour them. Well, that and the fact that I had to write this post. ;D
Book: Catherine the Great: Portrait of a Woman
Release: November 8th 2011
Born into a minor noble family, Catherine transformed herself into Empress of Russia by sheer determination. Possessing a brilliant mind and an insatiable curiosity as a young woman, she devoured the works of Enlightenment philosophers and, when she reached the throne, attempted to use their principles to guide her rule of the vast and backward Russian empire. She knew or corresponded with the preeminent historical figures of her time: Voltaire, Diderot, Frederick the Great, Empress Maria Theresa of Austria, Marie Antoinette, and, surprisingly, the American naval hero, John Paul Jones.
Book: American Chica: Two Worlds, One Childhood
Release: May 28th 2002
In her father’s Peruvian family, Marie Arana was taught to be a proper lady, yet in her mother’s American family she learned to shoot a gun, break a horse, and snap a chicken’s neck for dinner. Arana shuttled easily between these deeply separate cultures for years. But only when she immigrated with her family to the United States did she come to understand that she was a hybrid American whose cultural identity was split in half. Coming to terms with this split is at the heart of this graceful, beautifully realized portrait of a child who “was a north-south collision, a New World fusion. An American Chica.”Here are two vastly different landscapes: Peru—earthquake-prone, charged with ghosts of history and mythology—and the sprawling prairie lands of Wyoming. In these rich terrains resides a colorful cast of family members who bring Arana’s historia to life…her proud grandfather who one day simply stopped coming down the stairs; her dazzling grandmother, “clicking through the house as if she were making her way onstage.” But most important are Arana’s parents: he a brilliant engineer, she a gifted musician. For more than half a century these two passionate, strong-willed people struggled to overcome the bicultural tensions in their marriage and, finally, to prevail.
Frost Burned The seventh Mercy Thompson novel. Spring 2013 Patricia Briggs – Hurry up and get here! Patty won’t even say what the book will be about!
Fury’s Kiss Dorina Basarab #3 Coming October 2012 Karen Chance – “Thank you, ma’am. May I have another?” That’ll be me begging Karen to give me just a little more. Like some eager school girl with a crush on her teacher. I have no shame. And Karen knows what I want – a snippet from the next Cassie Palmer book, too! I’m never satisfied!
Last but certainly not least – I need a Quay story – NOW!!!!! The WARDen tortures me with her coy games. ”Oh, I am Fortune’s fool!” – Shakespeare.
So, that’s what’s on my wishlist this week – what’s on yours?