Sunday, 6 March 2011

Michael Oher, Andre Agassi and other finds at the bookstore this weekend

Every weekend I go to the bookstore convinced that “I’ll just have a browse”. But really, who am I kidding? There is always something that I just have to have. I’ve been trying to limit my book buying habit to one or two books a week. Soon there will be a whole new selection of spring books out, and well…one or two? That’s just probably not going to happen.  

I did notice some interesting titles this weekend. Here are a few that I found noteworthy and a few I took home.  


I Beat the Odds from Homelessness to the Blind Side and Beyond by Michael Oher with Don Yaeger 
It should be interesting to hear Michael Oher tell his own story from living in poverty to being courted by NFL scouts followed by his rise to fame. He became a household name when critically acclaimed, bestselling author, Michael Lewis wrote The Blind Side which then went on to become the Academy Award winning film starring Sandra Bullock.  

The Lake of Dreams by Kim Edwards 
Follows on the heels of this author's bestselling novel The Memory Keeper’s Daughter (which has been out for a while but just keeps on sellling). It is described as the story of a woman’s homecoming, a family secret, and the old house that holds the key to the true legacy of a family.


These Things Hidden, a novel by Heather Gudenkauf 
An Iowa teenager (and former local golden girl) is sent to prison for an awful crime. She is cut off from her family and friends. This includes her shy, quiet sister.  Once released from prison she moves to a halfway house and is determined to speak with her estranged sister. The sisters share a secret and if the secret is revealed then one woman’s world will be turned upside down.  

I’ve never read this author before but the book sounds interesting, and maybe a little like White Oleander

Open by Andre Agassi   
 When I recently polled my friends on what they were reading this title got a few mentions. One of my friends said she “loved the book (an autobiography), wasn’t a huge fan before and is less so after reading the book”.  Now I’m intrigued…

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