Peeing My Pants With Book Anticipation – July 2, 2010 (and the unveiling of the new button for this series!)
Whew! That’s a long title! But I wanted you to see this really cool new button that Daniel made for me. Daniel Jennewein is an illustrator whose first illustrated book, Is Your Buffalo Ready for Kindergarten, was just released on June 22, 2010. I’ve already bought a copy for my nephew who will start kindergarten next year, as well as a copy for, uh, myself.
(Daniel’s married to Lenore, who I adore. To the core. Forevermore. She’s not a bore. Do you want more?)
ANYway, Daniel made this freaking awesome button for the Peeing My Pants With Book Anticipation thing, and I didn’t want you to miss it. Drumroll, please.
Is she not the cutest thing ever? There *is* a ‘cleaner’ version, but, well, what can I say? I have the humor of an 8-year-old boy.
(Gosh, this is getting kind of off track.)
So! About that book.
The book I chose this week was picked because I knew about this book before I went to BEA, and one of the few goals I had at BEA was to snag a copy of this book. I *was* able to get a copy of the book, and I’m seriously peeing my pants as I wade through other commitments before I read it.
This book was raved about on Twitter by two people who have impeccable taste in books. The first is a friend, Michele http://twitter.com/readandbreathe), and the other person doesn’t even know who I am (@joebfoster), but I love when he talks about what he’s reading, because he has a way of making me excited for upcoming releases.
Sidenote: this book is being published by Other Press, who “…publish novels, short stories, poetry, and essays from America and around the world that represent literature at its best.” I highly recommend that you sign up for their newsletter (see it on the right sidebar)…though I have to warn you that I’ve only received two newsletters so far, and it’s caused me to buy a book each time. So don’t subscribe unless you want to know about FREAKING AMAZING books.
Here’s the book I’m dying to read:
The Wrong Blood by Manuel de Lope
• Paperback: 304 pages
• Publisher: Other Press (September 28, 2010)
In the Basque Country in northern Spain, just before the Civil War, three men in dinner suits stop for a drink at a bar before continuing on their way to a wedding. Their trip is interrupted when their leader, the wealthy Don Leopoldo, has a stroke in the restroom.This event, bizarre and undignified though it is, begins to weave together the lives of two remarkable women: the bride, the beautiful and distinguished Isabel Cruces, and María Antonia Etxarri, the bar owner’s adolescent daughter. Shortly after the outbreak of the war, María Antonia is raped and Isabel’s newlywed husband, Captain Julen Herraiz, is shot. Both women find themselves violently altered, alone, and pregnant. A crippled but wise local doctor is the only witness to the mysterious, silent agreement these women conclude in the loneliness and desperation of their mutual suffering. Many years later, a young student, grandson to Isabel, returns to the scene of the events to spend an innocent summer studying for law exams. As he goes about his work, he unwittingly awakens the ghosts haunting both María Antonia and the doctor, and through their memories the passionate stories of the past unfurl before the reader.
De Lope brilliantly reveals his incredible story through flashes of memory and emotion, told in a winding torrent that expresses the cumulative nature of both history and nostalgia.