New Books Have Arrived! March

I know, I know… I have too many books already… But be honest, can you resist buying books now and then?  Or should you even resist when you can get them for free?  I didn’t think so.  The (virtual and real) shelves are a bit more loaded, because these books arrived in my house over the last two months (March and April).


Christine Amsden, Touch of Fate (2007)

Only the 2nd of March, and …. oops, I did it again… Free download through the author’s website.  Thank you!

From GoodReads and the Author’s Website: Marianne can predict the future but is powerless to alter its course. After a lifetime spent coming to terms with an ability that has cost her much, including her marriage, Marianne moves halfway across the country to make a fresh start and salvage her relationship with her daughter, who has inherited her terrible ability.

Although she knows the future can’t be changed, sometimes even after a lifetime of experience she can’t keep  from trying. Sometimes, it’s too personal. With the shadow of a killer looming over her, Marianne is running out of time to learn the truth — about herself, about her power, and about the murderer.


Todd C. Riniolo, Freud, Murder and Fame (2012)

It is not getting any better… Free download from Amazon Kindle.

From Amazon’s websiteHow did Sigmund Freud first become a household name in America? “Freud, Murder, and Fame” )highlights the importance of the 1924 Leopold and Loeb murder trial (“the Crime of the Century”), when testimony from Freudian psychoanalysts captivated the nation. The trial’s front-page media exposure introduced many Americans to Freudian theory, as seemingly everyone became engrossed in the senseless murder of 14-year-old Bobby Franks.

This book offers an evidence-based interpretation of how Freud first achieved widespread fame in America. It also provides “Lessons in Psychology’s Fascinating History” that demonstrate the process of recreating the past, teach how to differentiate historical fiction from historical fact, and stress the importance of critically evaluating historical interpretations. Finally, it counteracts the negative stereotype that history is boring. It should interest general readers, students, scholars, and educators; anyone who is passionate about history, psychology, psychoanalysis, Freud, or the psychological aspects of crime can find it worthwhile.

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Sarah Winman, When God was a Rabbit (2011)

LeesTweeps is gong to read this book in April, so I decided that I wanted to participate and bought the book.

From GoodReads: This is a book about a brother and a sister. It’s a book about secrets and starting over, friendship and family, triumph and tragedy, and everything in between. More than anything, it’s a book about love in all its forms.

In a remarkably honest and confident voice, Sarah Winman has written the story of a memorable young heroine, Elly, and her loss of innocence-a magical portrait of growing up and the pull and power of family ties. From Essex and Cornwall to the streets of New York, from 1968 to the events of 9/11, When God Was a Rabbit follows the evolving bond of love and secrets between Elly and her brother Joe, and her increasing concern for an unusual best friend, Jenny Penny, who has secrets of her own. With its wit and humor, engaging characters whose eccentricities are adroitly and sometimes darkly drawn, and its themes of memory and identity, When God Was a Rabbit is a love letter to true friendship and fraternal love.

I have already read this; you can find my review here.

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Charles Perrault, The Tales of Mother Goose (1697)

I so loved these tales when I was young…  Free download from Project Gutenberg.

From Wikipedia: In 1695, when he was 67, Perrault lost his post as secretary. He decided to dedicate himself to his children. In 1697 he published Tales and Stories of the Past with Morals (Histoires ou Contes du Temps passé) subtitled Tales of Mother Goose (Les Contes de ma Mère l’Oye). Its publication made him suddenly widely-known beyond his own circles and marked the beginnings of a new literary genre, the fairy tale, with many of the most well-known tales, such as Cinderella and Little Red Riding Hood. He had actually published it under the name of his last son (born in 1678), Pierre (Perrault) Darmancourt (“Armancourt” being the name of a property he bought for him), probably fearful of criticism from the “Ancients”. In the tales, he used images from around him, such as the Chateau Ussé for Sleeping Beauty and in Puss in Boots, the Marquis of the Château d’Oiron, and contrasted his folktale subject matter, with details and asides and subtext drawn from the world of fashion. Following up on these tales, he translated the Fabulae Centum (100 Fables) of the Latin poet Gabriele Faerno into French verse in 1699.


Ann Radcliffe, The Mysteries of Udolpho (1794).

Free download from Girlebooks during Read an E-Book Week (March 4th – March 10th 2012).

From Wikipedia: The Mysteries of Udolpho is a quintessential Gothic romance, replete with incidents of physical and psychological terror; remote, crumbling castles; seemingly supernatural events; a brooding, scheming villain; and a persecuted heroine. Radcliffe also added extensive descriptions of exotic landscapes in the Pyrenees and Apennines. Set in 1584 in southern France and northern Italy, the novel focuses on the plight of Emily St. Aubert, a young French woman who is orphaned after the death of her father. Emily suffers imprisonment in the castle Udolpho at the hands of Signor Montoni, an Italian brigand who has married her aunt and guardian Madame Cheron. Emily’s romance with the dashing Valancourt is frustrated by Montoni and others. Emily also investigates the mysterious relationship between her father and the Marchioness de Villeroi, and its connection to the castle Udolpho.


Diony George, Imperfectly Beautiful (2012).

Another free download from Amazon Kindle.

From Amazon Kindle: At 1:30 am, in New York City, Regan Wright is ripped out of a sound sleep with a jolt – her heart thuds in her ears and her face feels flushed. Straining to hear anything out of the ordinary, she fumbles to turn on the bedside lamp. Nothing seems out of place. Suddenly her stomach twists in knots – it’s her identical twin, Rebecca. Something is terribly wrong…

Though twins, Rebecca and Regan couldn’t be more different. One chose a high-profile career in fashion design, the other chose to be a wife and stay-at-home mom, but neither is truly happy and they must discover why. When a serial killer strikes nearby, and the victim looks eerily similar to the twins, they fear that one of them could be next.

My review of this book is here.


F.M. Mayor, The Third Miss Symons (1913).

Free download from Girlebooks.

From Girlebooks: Born the third daughter in an upper-middle-class family, Miss Henrietta Symons suffered from the indifference and neglect of parents who never really liked children, and seldom had time for them, their social calendar being what it was. Henrietta muddled through, becoming a little cranky and indifferent as the years passed, but no more than most. As a young lady, however, her lot appeared to change. She was quite taken with a young man who appeared to return her interest.


Katherine Owen, Seeing Julia (2010).

Free download from Amazon Kindle.

From GoodReads: With her husband Evan’s tragic death, Julia Hamilton considers only one truth: death abducts the dying, but grief steals from those left behind. At her husband’s funeral, a despondent Julia encounters Jake Winston, Evan’s mysterious best friend, which leads to an inexplicable connection that saves her life, but leaves her questioning everything else.


Rita Lowther, The Wayward Child (2011).

Free download from Amazon Kindle.

From the author’s website: Its not often that you get the unsullied memories of a child growing up in the Australian countryside during the years of the Second World War published raw and unvarnished over sixty years later.
The Wayward Child begins with Ritas country girlhood in Tumut where her father worked as a guard at the open prison farm. It describes the traumatic effects of the Second World War years on her mind and on her family, and the harsh values that informed a generation that was emotionally and intellectually starved. Rita survived with those values. This is a testimony of how difficult it is for precocious children to try to grasp problems that adults have difficulty in grasping themselves  a situation not uncommon in the isolated communities of the Australian country.
We get these flashes of childs eye views throughout the book, all the more poignant for being written over sixty years later. And the wealth of iconic Australiana (country meals, social settings) should be mined by any producer worth his salt, of an Australian period film.
Over all this is the background of the Second World War. It looms over Ritas childhood; it is the trauma she sees as being to blame for hardship that hard work and endurance could not prevent. The propaganda newsreels of the time had her running out of the theatres in a panic that the Japanese were on our doorstep, a constant state of childhood anxiety that voided her of any compassion at an accidental sight of Japanese prisoners during a visit to Sydney, and perhaps affords us a sympathetic glimpse of the roots of One Nation xenophobia.
This book is touching, funny, sad and downright hilarious in parts, when reading The Wayward Child you will instantly become a part of this wonderful journey


Avery Sawyer, Notes to Self (2011).

Free download from Amazon Kindle.

From Amazon Kindle: Two climbed up. Two fell down.  One woke up.
Robin Saunders is a high school sophomore with an awesome best friend, a hard-working single mom, and a complicated relationship with a sweet guy named Reno. She’s coasting along, trying to get through yet another tedious year of high school, when Em suggests something daring. They live in Florida– tourist central–and Emily wants to sneak into a theme park after midnight and see what they’re made of.
When things get out of control, Robin wakes up in a hospital bed and Emily doesn’t wake up at all. Just getting dressed becomes an ordeal as Robin tries to heal and piece together the details of that terrible night. Racing to remember everything in the hopes of saving Emily, Robin writes a series of notes to herself to discover the truth.

                                                                                                                        

Larry Abrams, The Philosophical Practitioner (2011).

An offer I couldn’t refuse… from NetGalley.

From GoodReads: Eric is a philosophical practitioner – a new profession that emphasizes reason but doesn’t slight emotions. He isn’t rich, but his old girlfriend is now both rich and famous. She wants to get back together with him, but their goals and lifestyles are very different. His father’s mind is going. His clients want to know how to live their lives. And a woman he’s never seen before wants to kill him.

                                                                                                             

Stephenie Meyer, Twilight (2005).

Shannon, from bookblog Giraffe Days (go check it out) offered the audiobook for free to anyone who wanted it.  Well, of course I did!  Thanks again, Shannon!

From the website of the author: As Shakespeare knew, love burns high when thwarted by obstacles. In Twilight, an exquisite fantasy by Stephenie Meyer, readers discover a pair of lovers who are supremely star-crossed. Bella adores beautiful Edward, and he returns her love. But Edward is having a hard time controlling the blood lust she arouses in him, because–he’s a vampire. At any moment, the intensity of their passion could drive him to kill her, and he agonizes over the danger. But, Bella would rather be dead than part from Edward, so she risks her life to stay near him, and the novel burns with the erotic tension of their dangerous and necessarily chaste relationship.
Meyer has achieved quite a feat by making this scenario completely human and believable. She begins with a familiar YA premise (the new kid in school), and lulls us into thinking this will be just another realistic young adult novel. Bella has come to the small town of Forks on the gloomy Olympic Peninsula to be with her father. At school, she wonders about a group of five remarkably beautiful teens, who sit together in the cafeteria but never eat. As she grows to know, and then love, Edward, she learns their secret. They are all rescued vampires, part of a family headed by saintly Carlisle, who has inspired them to renounce human prey. For Edward’s sake they welcome Bella, but when a roving group of tracker vampires fixates on her, the family is drawn into a desperate pursuit to protect the fragile human in their midst. The precision and delicacy of Meyer’s writing lifts this wonderful novel beyond the limitations of the horror genre to a place among the best of YA fiction.


Cor Blok, Beeldvertalen.  De werking en interpretatie van visuele beelden (2003).

Een boek over iconografie kan ik nooit laten liggen.  Dit ziet er trouwens heel interessant uit.

Van de Amsterdam University Press Website: Visuele beelden hebben voor ons betekenis. Hoewel de beelden stil en onbeweeglijk tot ons komen, verleiden ze de kijker tot uiteenlopende reacties – van verering of vernieling tot aanschaf van het afgebeelde product. Zowel het gestileerde poppetje dat ons de nooduitgang wijst als een beeld van Rodin of een schilderij van Rembrandt of Rothko maakt een reactie in ons los. Maar hoe doen beelden dat?
In Beeldvertalen legt Cor Blok uit hoe visuele beelden tot ons spreken en hoe zij worden begrepen. Slechts een paar stippen en een streep zijn nodig om ons het beeld van een gezicht te laten zien. Dat geldt voor onze prehistorische voorouders, voor de oude Egyptenaren en de hedendaagse Aboriginals, maar ook voor museumbezoekers en reclamegevoelige consumenten.
De meeste beelden zijn echter veel gecompliceerder dan een paar stippen en strepen: kleur, vorm, materiaal, belichting, ordening en schaal zijn sterk bepalend voor de manier waarop een beeld op ons inwerkt. Vooral sinds de negentiende eeuw is daarmee door vormgevers en beeldend kunstenaars veel geëxperimenteerd.
Cor Blok biedt de lezer een boeiende kijk over hun schouders. Hij besteedt ruim aandacht aan de maatschappelijk context waarin beelden en hun betekenis tot stand komen. Want beelden zijn niet alleen privé-creaties; de maker deelt zijn maak- en kijkgewoonten met de leden van een samenleving. Dat maakt een werk bespreekbaar, hoewel tijd en cultuur ook van invloed zijn op de boodschap en interpretatie van beelden.


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4 Comments

  1. Oh, those free downloads! I also find them very tempting. But I try to resist as I already have so much to read. I haven’t bought a book for my e-reader yet (have had it 3 months). I haven’t had to. 🙂

    Have fun with your new collection.

    • Yes I know, Judith, those free downloads are tempting. I definitely will have to go, not only on a book buying ban, but also on a book downloading ban (however, yesterday evening I ordered two more books at the Book Depository, also a very tempting site for me).

  2. I can’t resist new books either! Enjoy!

    • Since I have an e-reader it is getting totally out of control, I’m afraid. It is so easy to push that button to download a book. And I do love books 🙂
      Thanks for your comment, Kathy.

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