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Waiting on Wednesday

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Waiting on Wednesday


By Zara D. Garcia-Alvarez / @ZaraAlexis

As many books as one bibliotaphe may have in his or her collection, a book lover can never have too many books. Actually, correction—a book lover does have too many books, but feels that there can never be enough of them.

And thus, the birth and necessity of the weekly online meme, Waiting on Wednesday, where bibliotaphes like myself, make extra space on their shelves for upcoming new releases!

Here’s what I’m waiting for this Wednesday:

The House Girl by Tara Conklin, published by HarperCollins, available February 12.

the house girl


Summary from publisher:

Virginia, 1852. Seventeen-year-old Josephine Bell decides to run from the failing tobacco farm where she is a slave and nurse to her ailing mistress, the aspiring artist Lu Anne Bell. New York City, 2004. Lina Sparrow, an ambitious first-year associate in an elite law firm, is given a difficult, highly sensitive assignment that could make her career: she must find the “perfect plaintiff” to lead a historic class-action lawsuit worth trillions of dollars in reparations for descendants of American slaves.

It is through her father, the renowned artist Oscar Sparrow, that Lina discovers Josephine Bell and a controversy roiling the art world: are the iconic paintings long ascribed to Lu Anne Bell really the work of her house slave, Josephine? A descendant of Josephine”s would be the perfect face for the reparations lawsuit-if Lina can find one. While following the runaway girl”s faint trail through old letters and plantation records, Lina finds herself questioning her own family history and the secrets that her father has never revealed: How did Lina”s mother die? And why will he never speak about her?

Moving between antebellum Virginia and modern-day New York, this searing, suspenseful and heartbreaking tale of art and history, love and secrets, explores what it means to repair a wrong and asks whether truth is sometimes more important than justice.


Nothing Gold Can Stay: Stories by Ron Rash, published by HarperCollins, available February 19. 

nothing gold can stay


Summary from the publisher:

PEN/Faulkner Award finalist and New York Times bestselling author Ron Rash turns again to Appalachia to capture lives haunted by violence and tenderness, hope and fear, in unforgettable stories that span from the Civil War to the present day.

In the title story, two drug-addicted friends return to the farm where they worked as boys to steal their former boss’s gruesomely unusual war trophies. In “The Trusty,” which first appeared in The New Yorker, a prisoner sent to fetch water for his chain gang tries to sweet-talk a farmer’s young wife into helping him escape, only to find that she is as trapped as he is. In “Something Rich and Strange,” a diver is called upon to pull a drowned girl’s body free from under a falls, but he finds her eerily at peace below the surface. The violence of Rash’s characters and their raw settings are matched only by their resonance and stark beauty, a masterful combination that has earned Rash an avalanche of praise.


What books are you making space for on your bookshelves?

What do you think of the two books I’ve shared with you today? Will they make it to you bookshelves, too?


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