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Waiting on Wednesday

06.18.2014

By Zara D. Garcia-Alvarez / @ZaraAlexis

Week of June 23, 2014

The Signature of All Things by Elizabeth Gilbert

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Fairy Tales from Around the World by Andrew Lang

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Everything I Never Told You by Celeste Ng

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Week of July 7. 2014

Four: A Divergent Collection by Veronical Roth

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Close Your Eyes, Hold Hands by Chris Bohjalian

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Week of July 14, 2014

The Book of Life (All Souls Trilogy #3) by Deborah Harkness

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The Bone Orchard by Paul Doiron

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The Valley of Amazement by Amy Tan

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Which of the above books are you most interested in reading?

If you could choose only one book to buy this month, which book would it be?

What’s on your Beach Bag TBR List?

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Waiting on Wednesday

03.12.2014

By Zara D. Garcia-Alvarez / @ZaraAlexis

The middle of March is fast approaching, as is new books.

While my book collection continues to grow, my obsession with books fails to be satiated. There are a number of titles that lure me to buy, borrow, collect—and even wait for—as weeks and months pass by.

So far, I have a total of 2,555 books listed in my personal library. Let’s see what books will be coming soon that I may add to that collection:

Week of March 31:

Dorothy Must Die by Danielle Paige, published by HarperCollins
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Burial Rites by Hannah Kent, published by Little, Brown and Company (paperback)

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Week of April 7:

A Fort of Nine Towers: An Afghan Family Story by Qais Akbar Omar, published by Picador (paperback)

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Sea of Shadows: Age of Legends by Kelley Armstrong, published by HarperCollins

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The Here and Now by Ann Brashares, published by Random House Children’s Books

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Behind the Beautiful Forevers by Katherine Boo, published by Random House of Canada (paperback)

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In Paradise by Peter Matthiessen, published by Penguin USA

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Acts of God by Ellen Gilchrist, published by Workman Publishing

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Of the books listed above, which one would you be most interested in reading?

What books are you waiting for this Wednesday?

How do you decide which book you should read next?

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Waiting on Wednesday

02.19.2014

By Zara D. Garcia-Alvarez / @ZaraAlexis

Book lovers are a passionate, fanatic group. We don’t just love books, we love books, so much so, that our budgets incorporate a contingency plan for the opportunity to buy and read as many books as we can afford (or not afford) to.

That said, we tend to be a severely organized bunch as well, which means knowing about books ahead of time seems second nature. The “early bird catches the worm,” but the “early book watcher catches the book—and the author, and the launch, and the online chat, and the publisher party, and the ARC, and the swag, and the Indigo reading event, and the giveaways…”

But, why keep all this knowledge to ourselves? Here are some upcoming books that I’m really looking forward to snatching and reading:

Week of March 3:

Americanah by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie (in paperback)

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Ifemelu–beautiful, self-assured–left Nigeria 15 years ago, and now studies in Princeton as a Graduate Fellow. Obinze–handsome and kind-hearted–was Ifemelu’s teenage love; he’d hoped to join her in America, but post 9/11 America wouldn’t let him in.

Years later, when they reunite in Nigeria, neither is the same person who left home. Obinze is the kind of successful “Big Man” he”d scorned in his youth, and Ifemelu has become an “Americanah”–a different version of her former self, one with a new accent and attitude. As they revisit their shared passion–for their homeland and for each other–they must face the largest challenges of their lives.

Ordinary Grace by William Kent Krueger (in paperback)

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“That was it. That was all of it. A grace so ordinary there was no reason at all to remember it. Yet I have never across the forty years since it was spoken forgotten a single word.”

New Bremen, Minnesota, 1961. Frank Drum begins the summer preoccupied with the concerns of any teenage boy, but when tragedy unexpectedly strikes his family, which includes his Methodist minister father; his passionate, artistic mother; Juilliard-bound older sister; and wise-beyond-his-years kid brother-he finds himself thrust into an adult world full of secrets, lies, adultery, and betrayal, suddenly called upon to demonstrate a maturity and gumption beyond his years.

Boy, Snow, Bird by Helen Oyeyemi

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In the winter of 1953, Boy Novak arrives by chance in a small town in Massachusetts,  looking, she believes, for beauty-the opposite of the life she’s left behind in  New York. She marries a local widower and becomes stepmother to his winsome  daughter, Snow Whitman.

A wicked stepmother is a creature Boy never imagined she’d become, but elements  of the familiar tale of aesthetic obsession begin to play themselves out when the  birth of Boy’s daughter, Bird, who is dark-skinned, exposes the Whitmans as light-skinned  African-Americans passing for white. Among them, Boy, Snow, and Bird  confront the tyranny of the mirror to ask how much power surfaces really hold.

Savage Girl by Jean Zimmerman

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Jean Zimmerman’s new novel tells of the dramatic events that transpire when an alluring, blazingly smart eighteen-year-old girl named Bronwyn, reputedly raised by wolves in the wilds of Nevada, is adopted in 1875 by the Delegates, an outlandishly wealthy Manhattan couple, and taken back East to be civilized and introduced into high society.

Bronwyn hits the highly mannered world of Edith Wharton–era Manhattan like a bomb. A series of suitors, both young and old, find her irresistible, but the willful girl’s illicit lovers begin to turn up murdered.

Zimmerman’s tale is narrated by the Delegate’s son, a Harvard anatomy student. The tormented, self-dramatizing Hugo Delegate speaks from a prison cell where he is prepared to take the fall for his beloved Savage Girl. This narrative— is a love story and a mystery with a powerful sense of fable— is his confession.

Gemini by Carol Cassella

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Dr. Charlotte Reese works in the intensive care unit of Seattle’s Beacon Hospital, tending to patients with the most life-threatening illnesses and injuries. Her job is to battle death-to monitor erratic heartbeats, worry over low oxygen levels, defend against infection and demise.

One night a Jane Doe is transferred to her care from a rural hospital on the Olympic Peninsula. This unidentified patient remains unconscious, the victim of a hit and run. As Charlotte and her team struggle to stabilize her, the police search for the driver who fled the scene.

Days pass, Jane’s condition worsens, and her identity remains a mystery. As Charlotte finds herself making increasingly complicated medical decisions that will tie her forever to Jane’s fate, her usual professional distance evaporates. She’s plagued by questions: Who is Jane Doe? Why will no one claim her? Who should decide her fate if she doesn’t regain consciousness-and when?

Notes from the Internet Apocalypse by Wayne Gladstone

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When the Internet suddenly stops working, society reels from the loss of flowing data, instant messages, and streaming entertainment. Addicts wander the streets, talking to themselves in 140 characters or forcing cats to perform tricks for their amusement, while the truly desperate pin their requests for casual encounters on public bulletin boards. The economy tumbles further and the government passes the draconian NET Recovery Act.

For Gladstone, the Net’s disappearance comes particularly hard following the loss of his wife, leaving his flask of Jamesons and grandfather’s fedora as the only comforts in his Brooklyn apartment. But there are rumors that someone in New York is still online. Someone set apart from this new world where Facebook flirters “poke” each other in real life and members of Anonymous trade memes at secret parties. Where a former librarian can sell information as a human search engine, and the perverted fulfill their secret fetishes at the blossoming Rule 34 club. With the help of his friends, a blogger and a webcam girl both now out of work, Gladstone sets off to find the Internet. But is he the right man to save humanity from this Apocalypse?

For fans of David Wong, Chad Kultgen, and Chuck Palahniuk, Wayne Gladstone’s Notes from the Internet Apocalypse  examines the question “What is life without the Web?”

Week of March 10:

The Heaven of Animals by David James Poissant

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In each of the stories in this remarkable debut, award-winning writer David James Poissant explores the tenuous bonds of family-fathers and sons, husbands and wives-as they are tested by the sometimes brutal power of love. His strikingly true-to-life characters have reached a precipice, chased there by troubles of their own making. Standing at the brink, each must make a choice: Leap, or look away? Pulitzer Prize finalist Lee Martin writes that Poissant forces us “to face the people we are when we’re alone in the dark.”

From two friends racing to save the life of an alligator in “Lizard Man” to a girl helping her boy­friend face his greatest fears in “The End of Aaron,” from a man who stalks death on an Atlanta street corner to a brother’s surprise at the surreal, improb­able beauty of a late night encounter with a wolf, Poissant creates worlds that shine with honesty and dark complexity, but also with a profound compas­sion. These are stories hell-bent on hope.

Fresh, smart, lively, and wickedly funny, The Heaven of Animals is startlingly original and compul­sively readable. As bestselling author Kevin Wilson puts it, “Poissant is a writer who knows us with such clarity that we wonder how he found his way so easily into our hearts and souls.”

Toot by Leslie Patricelli (board book)

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Everybody does it: Kitty, Doggie, Daddy – even Mommy! And when Leslie Patricelli’s beloved bald baby does it while running, it sounds like a train. This frank and very funny look at a certain noisy body function is perfectly suited to the youngest of listeners, while their giggling older siblings will be happy to read it aloud.

The Complete Asian Cookbook: Sri Lanka & the Philippines by Charmaine Solomon

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A beautifully crafted and comprehensive cookbook series based on the most iconic and influential book on Asian cuisine. Now, for the first time, Charmaine Solomon’s groundbreaking work has been divided into a series of six geographical regions, each with a complementary design so they may be collected as a set. Asian cuisine has a wonderful range of culinary delights that can be simple, complex, fiery, mild, and tantalizing. With page after page of beautiful, authentic Asian dishes, the recipes in The Complete Asian Cookbook series have been tested and re-tested to ensure the flavor and character of each dish is preserved. The labor-intensive traditional preparation methods have been cut back, making the recipes easy to follow for the home cook. Each book has an invaluable introduction to the food, culture, and cooking methods of the country as well as common ingredients.  Learn to cook pork vindaloo, Thai green curry, crab with fresh Kampot peppercorns, steamed prawn dumplings, or delicious Peking duck. Filled with stunning food photography, The Complete Asian Cookbook series will guide you through the vast scope of Asian cuisine with authentic recipes that work every time.

Week of March 17:

10-Minute Makeup by Boris Entrup

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Perfect for teenagers and young women who like to try new looks, “10-Minute Makeup” shows 50 versatile looks that can be created in only ten minutes.

With detailed information on basic techniques, products, equipment, as well as special tips and tricks from stylist-to-the-stars Boris Entrup, “10-Minute Makeup” shows that anyone can create glamorous runway looks with these easy-to-follow, step-by-step instructions and before-and-after shots.

Marya: A Life by Joyce Carol Oates

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Marya Knauer is a famous author and member of the intellectual elite. She is, by turns, admired, envied, and resented. She is also a woman haunted. Haunted by early memories of violence and abandonment. Haunted by painful feelings of longing and loss. Now Marya is about to embark on a search for her past-and for the mother who gave her away more than a quarter of a century before…. Vividly evoking the beauty of rural New York, the shattered reflections of childhood, and the complex emotions of a female artist, Marya: A Life is one of Joyce Carol Oates’ most deeply personal and brilliantly observed novels.

Short Century by David Burr Gerrard

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A literary fiction debut mix of Bernardo Bertolucci’s The Dreamers and Richard Yates” The Easter Parade set amidst the U.S. wars in Iraq and Afghanistan When a mysterious blogger reveals renowned pro-war journalist Arthur Hunt’s long-ago incestuous affair with his smart but impressionable younger sister, Emily, Arthur writes a memoir in defense of his life, coming to terms with his shattered sense of self, his skewed political ideals, and the crumbling American empire he has been struggling to uphold. An angry but eloquent narrator in the tradition of Philip Roth and Thomas Bernhard,

Arthur recounts his relationship with Emily, weaving in his claustrophobic WASP childhood, his ”60s student radical days at Yale, and his vociferous support for America’s war in Iraq and its continuing drone campaign. Capturing the tumult of recent American history, Short Century is filled with supporting characters as memorable as Arthur – including Miranda, his mercurial college girlfriend; Jersey Rothstein, the charismatic free-love guru for whom Miranda leaves Arthur; their son Jason, who signs up to serve in Iraq, where he is killed; their daughter Sydney, who follows Arthur into pro-war punditry; and their daughter Daisy, who chooses to wear a burqa.

With a broad historical scope but an intimate personal focus, this is a novel about America, family, and how the desire for freedom is often entangled with darker impulses.

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Of the books listed above, which ones do you think you might be most interested in reading?

What books are you waiting for this Wednesday?

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Waiting on Wednesday. 02.05.2014

02.05.2014

By Zara D. Garcia-Alvarez / @ZaraAlexis

While Wednesday is usually referred to as “Hump Day,” the day smack right in the middle of the week, the “hump” that we all must try to get over—but here at The Bibliotaphe Closet, I don’t try to get over a “hump,” I’m waiting for a round of great books to hit the shelves.

Here are the books I’m anxiously waiting for:

 

Week of February 10

The Waking Engine by David Edison

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Wake by Anna Hope

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The Winter People by Jennifer McMahon

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The Good Luck of Right Now by Matthew Quick

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Thirty Girls by Susan Minot

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Girl on the Golden Coin by Marci Jefferson

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Week of February 17

The Museum of Extraordinary Things by Alice Hoffman

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The Innocent Sleep by Karen Perry

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Week of February 24

Mary Coin by Marisa Silver (Paperback)

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The Harem Midwife by Roberta Rich (Paperback)

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Long Man by Amy Greene

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It’s cold and snowy outside. Which book are you anxiously waiting for this February?

Of the new releases above, which are you most interested in reading and why?

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Waiting on Wednesday. 01.15.2014

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Waiting on Wednesday

01.15.2013

By Zara D. Garcia-Alvarez / @ZaraAlexis

The New Year always brings the promise of new beginnings—and in the case of the publishing world, the promise of new titles that bibliotaphes like myself maddeningly look forward to, which perpetuates the Waiting on Wednesday meme.

Here are some books I’m looking forward to reading for the month of January (in no particular order):

Her Dark Curiosity by Megan Shepherd

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That Old Black Magic by Mary Jane Clark

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Carthage by Joyce Carol Oates

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Cut Me Loose: Sin and Salvation After My Ultra-Orthodox Girlhood by Leah Vincent

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I Shall Be Near to You by Erin Lindsay McGabe

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Under the Wide and Starry Sky by Nancy Horan

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Snowblind by Christopher Golden

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The Last Enchantments by Charles Finch

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Hidden Girl by Shyima Hall

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Of all the titles listed above, which ones would you be most interested in reading and why?

What books are you anxiously waiting for this month?

How do you decide whether or not you’d like to read a book or not?

Do you have any book recommendations you’d like to share with me and/or my readers?

What are your reading right now?

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Waiting on Wednesday. 10.23.2013

 

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Waiting on Wednesday

10.23.2013

By Zara D. Garcia-Alvarez / @ZaraAlexis

Even if I already own more than 3000 books in my personal library and have only read a small portion of them, the seduction of a new book still compels me to check hot lists and visit bookstores on an impromptu basis. Can I buy them all? Um…no. But, I can certainly wish for them, wait for them, or put them on hold at my local library. Here are a couple of books I’m looking forward to next month.

Week of November 4:

The Valley of Amazement by Amy Tan, published by HarperCollins.

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This Is the Story of a Happy Marriage by Ann Patchett, published by HarperCollins

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The Rabbi Who Found the Messiah by Carl Gallups, published by WND Books

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Week of November 11:

Loud, Awake, and Lost by Adele Griffin, published by Random House Children’s Books

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Lion vs. Rabbit by Alex Latimer, published by Peachtree Publishers

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The Secret Garden: Deluxe Hardcover Classic by Frances Hodgson Burnett, published by Penguin Young Readers Group

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Week of November 18:

Someone Else’s Love Story by Joshilyn Jackson, published by HarperCollins

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Report from the Interior by Paul Auster, published by Holt, Henry & Company

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Paris: Portrait of a City by Jean Claude Gautrand, published by Taschen America

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Acorn by Yoko Ono, published by Workman Publishing Company

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Paper Daughter by Jeanette Ingold, published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt

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What books are you waiting for?

Out of the books listed above, which are you most interested in reading and why?

What are your book recommendations?

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Waiting on Wednesday. 06.05.2013

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Waiting on Wednesday

06.05.2013

By Zara D. Garcia-Alvarez / @ZaraAlexis

It’s now June and with it, for me, comes a slew of events that keep me not only busy, but also a little on edge with the necessity of waiting. June. While others prepare for a summer of rest and relaxation, I’m carefully marking my calendar with precision in order to make most of the time allotted me in thirty days. It’s not much when you’re waiting for:

  • a winning prize box full of nail polish in the mail
  • plans to pan out for your son’s P.D. Day
  • a special M.A.C. sale event date with your sister
  • Swim to Survive lessons to end
  • RSVP notifications to arrive for your son’s 9th birthday LEGO party
  • an in-law’s family wedding to arrive, pass, and prove your ability to survive the size of family politic and the heels of your own shoes
  • Father’s Day retail discounts so your husband is not stuck with yet again another useless tie, a duplicate wallet, or over-expensive watch
  • the ETA of your parents at Toronto Pearson International after their two-month trip in the tropics
  • the official first day of summer so you can legally wear white and open-toe sandals
  • the celebration of your only nephew’s 2nd birthday
  • the dangers of Play Day to include sunburn and a potential Freezie overdose
  • the ramifications of your child’s report card
  • and lastly, the last day of school

And what’s the best way to appease me aside from a rich cup of coffee? Books, of course.

Here are the upcoming titles I’m biting my fingernails for:

The Spy Who Loved: The Secrets and Lives of Christine Granville by Clare Mully, available June 10.

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Crazy Rich Asians by Kevin Kwan, available June 10.

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What are you anxiously waiting for this week?

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Waiting on Wednesday. 05.22.2013

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Waiting on Wednesday

05.22.2013

By Zara D. Garcia-Alvarez / @ZaraAlexis

As book lovers know, once you complete one book, 20 more are published! And so, our collections and our love for books are never quite satiated—which is a good thing because it means the livelihood of the publishing world continues to thrive and the gift of literacy continues to be passed on.

It’s Wednesday again, which means this bibliotaphe is waiting (im)patiently for a few upcoming releases. Here are my choices for this week:

Maya’s Notebook by Isabel Allende, available April 23, 2013

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A Constellation of Vital Phenomena by Anthony Marra, available May 7, 2013

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Americanah by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, available May 14, 2013

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And the Mountains Echoed by Khaled Hosseini, available May 21, 2013

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The Son by Philipp Meyer, available May 28, 2013

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Of the titles above, which ones are you most interested in reading?

What books are you waiting for this Wednesday?

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Waiting on Wednesday (W.O.W. Books!)

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Waiting on Wedneday (W.O.W. Books!)

03.06.2013

By Zara D. Garcia-Alvarez / @ZaraAlexis

It’s Wednesday again? And the books are working themselves through the press. Here’s another batch of great upcoming books! Which ones would you like to add to your shelves?

1. New Avengers: Volume 5 by Michael Brian Bendis, March 12, 2013.

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2. Here I Am: The Story of Tim Hetherington, War Photographer  March 12, 2013.

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3. Deep Betrayal by Anne Greenwood Brown, March 12, 2013.

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4. We’ll Be the Last Ones to Let You Down by Rachael Hanel, March 17, 2013.

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5. The Unchangeable Spot of Leopards by Kristopher Jansma, March 21, 2013.

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What books have you made room for on your shelves?

Of the books listed above, which ones would you be most interested in reading? Why or why not?

How do you decide you’d like to add a book to your personal library? Is it advertising? The front cover design? The description on the inside flap? A book recommended by a friend?

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Waiting on Wednesday (W.O.W. Books!)

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Waiting on Wednesday

(W.O.W. Books!)

02.27.2013

By Zara D. Garcia-Alvarez / @ZaraAlexis

While most bibliotaphes already have a gross abundance of books in their beloved collection, there are always new books just coming off press, ready to be stacked on the shelves. Here are some titles I’m looking forward to in the month of March:

The Obituary Writer by Ann Hood, March 4, 2013

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The Orchardist by Amanda Coplin, March 5, 2013

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The End of Point by Elizabeth Graver, March 5, 2013

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The Accursed by Joyce Carol Oates, March 5, 2013

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A Tale for the Time Being by Ruth Ozecki, March 12, 2013

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Out of the list above, which upcoming release are you most interested in reading?

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