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Peeing My Pants With Book Anticipation – January 22, 2010

My new feature that showcases books I’m dying to read!

The Map of True Places by Brunonia Barry

I absolutely loved The Lace Reader and am excited to see what else Brunonia has in store for us. I’ve met Brunonia, so I can’t help but wonder if it’s my imagination, or does that back of the woman on the cover look a bit like what Brunonia looks like from the back? Either way, it’s a really lovely cover.

Read the prologue at

432 pages
To be published May 4, 2010

(In an email I received from Brunonia) It’s a story about relationships and family and finding your true place in the world when you have no map to follow.

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

The Girl Who Fell From the Sky caught my attention because it’s the latest Bellwether Prize winner, which is a prize that was founded by Barbara Kingsolver. “Its intent is to advocate serious literary fiction that addresses issues of social justice and the impact of culture and politics on human relationships. The prize is awarded to a previously unpublished novel representing excellence in this genre.”

I somehow snagged a copy of this, so I’ve done the unthinkable and abandoned my (terrible) book club pick in favor of The Girl Who Fell From the Sky. We can talk about the book once I’ve, uh, finished laundering my pants.

Check out Heidi Durrow’s website here.

256 pages
To be published February 16, 2010

This debut novel tells the story of Rachel, the daughter of a Danish mother and a black G.I. who becomes the sole survivor of a family tragedy.

With her strict African American grandmother as her new guardian, Rachel moves to a mostly black community, where her light brown skin, blue eyes, and beauty bring mixed attention her way. Growing up in the 1980s, she learns to swallow her overwhelming grief and confronts her identity as a biracial young woman in a world that wants to see her as either black or white.

Meanwhile, a mystery unfolds, revealing the terrible truth about Rachel’s last morning on a Chicago rooftop. Interwoven are the voices of Jamie, a neighborhood boy who witnessed the events, and Laronne, a friend of Rachel’s mother. Inspired by a true story of a mother’s twisted love, The Girl Who Fell from the Sky reveals an unfathomable past and explores issues of identity at a time when many people are asking “Must race confine us and define us?”

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19 Responses to “Peeing My Pants With Book Anticipation – January 22, 2010”

  1. diane

    Trish…Thanks 4 the heads up on The Map of True Places. I also loved the Lace Reader and this sounds good too. Thanks


  2. Kathy

    Those both look great to me!


  3. Steph

    I’ve seen both of these at work and they both look really good (albeit, very different). I can’t wait to hear your thoughts on your horrific book club pick, because I’m wretched like that! πŸ˜‰

    Also, love the new site design!


  4. Nicole

    Great makeover. I love it!

    I have so much to read that I am usually not able to look ahead much ahead but that it si something that I would like to start doing.


  5. The Kool-Aid Mom

    Ooh, love the new look! Very snazzy πŸ˜‰

    OMG, I’m soo peeing my pants too for the new Barry book! Squeee!! I loved The Lace Reader, too, and I’m eager to see what she comes up with in this new book.


  6. Lu

    The Girl Who Fell From the Sky sounds so good! Definitely one I’m peeing my pants for πŸ˜‰


  7. Florinda

    LOVE the new look, Trish! And I’m VERY intrigued by The Girl Who Fell From the Sky – thanks for the heads-up on that one.


  8. Meg Waite Clayton

    Count me on the love-the-new-look list, Trish!

    And I’m quite curious to know what the dreaded book club read is. Email me if you’re telling but won’t tell publicly?


  9. Book Club Girl

    Trish – your site is gorgeous! And those are two great books to anticipate!


  10. Pam

    The Girl who Fell from the Sky sounds amazing. Last year I read Mudbound, which was considered for the Bellweather and it was amazing. I’m sure this one is just as good (or even better since it won).


  11. Amy @ My Friend Amy

    I also found The Girl Who Fell from the Sky in my mail and was pretty excited about it. It does look good. πŸ˜‰


  12. Jen - Devourer of Books

    I’m totally peeing my pants about Brunonia Barry’s book too. “The Girl Who Fell From The Sky” sounds terrific as well.


  13. Elizabeth

    Your post title caught my eye on my blogroll! Guess I haven’t been by lately, love the new look. I have The Lace Reader on my TBR, so I look forward to you reading and reviewing her latest.


  14. Julie

    These look really good! Thanks for sharing!


  15. Jenn's Bookshelves

    I can’t wait for the Barry book! The Lace Reader was one of the first books I reviewed for my blog and has special meaning to me :).

    I received a copy of The Girl Who Fell From the Sky. I can’t wait til I have the opportunity to read it.


  16. Callista

    LOL I love the name of your feature!


  17. Teddy

    I also loved The Lace Reader! I sure hope you are wearing Depends! LOL!


  18. zibilee

    Both of these books look amazing, so the wish list grows by 2! Thanks for all of these great recommendations, I have been eating them up!


  19. Serena (Savvy Verse & Wit)

    Another Brunonia Barry! Yipee!


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