fredag 4. mai 2012

Fremtidige favoritter #2: Bokhylleversjonen

Bokelskerinnen har en ukentlig spalte kalt Fremtidige favoritter, hvor hun skriver litt om bøker hun ønsker seg, gleder seg til å lese og er spent på. Denne uken er det bøker man allerede har i bokhylla, men ikke har lest ennå som skal vises fram.

Her er fire bøker jeg gleder meg til:

Whispers in the Classroom, Voices on the Field - redigert av Richa Jha, illustrert av Priya Kuriyan

I februar var jeg på en konferanse hvor jeg møtte den veldig hyggelige Devika Rangachari. Hun forbarmet seg over meg og guidet meg, sammen med den like hyggelige Ken Spillman (han reklamerte så for Holly Thompson at jeg har kjøpt Orchards), gjennom både lunsj-buffeen og de lokale markedene. Noe av det artigste var turen rundt i noen av favorittbokhandlene til Devika, hvor hun med stor tålmodighet gav meg en intro til indisk barne- og ungdomslitteratur. Whispers in the Classroom var en av bøkene hun plukket fram som eksempel på nyere barne- og ungdomslitteratur. En annen bok Devika anbefalte var Siddhartha Sarmas The Grasshopper's Run.

School! A splendid institution. It tells you about what’s around you while helping you explore what lies within. It brings you face-to-face with personal triumphs and failures, frictions and forgiveness, rivalry and team-work, lifelong friendships and heart-rending partings. And more. School, in short, is a complete life coach.

Whispers in the Classroom, Voices on the Field brings together thirty-one of the most sensitive contemporary Indian writers with as many school experiences. The spread is lavish—we have the delightful with the mundane; the poignant with the quirky; the questioning with the traditional and the scary with the sublime. Read through for your own ‘Hey, that’s me in there!’ moment.

Blood Red Road - Moira Young

Jeg er vel en av et fåtall som ikke har fått lest Blood Red Road ennå. Boka høres veldig spennende ut og den har fått strålende anmeldelser så jeg er ikke sikker på hvorfor den har blitt stående ulest. Men, det skal rettes på snart!

Saba has spent her whole life in Silverlake, a dried-up wasteland ravaged by constant sandstorms. The Wrecker civilization has long been destroyed, leaving only landfills for Saba and her family to scavenge from. That's fine by her, as long as her beloved twin brother Lugh is around. But when a monster sandstorm arrives, along with four cloaked horsemen, Saba's world is shattered. Lugh is captured, and Saba embarks on an epic quest to get him back.  

Suddenly thrown into the lawless, ugly reality of the world outside of desolate Silverlake, Saba is lost without Lugh to guide her. So perhaps the most surprising thing of all is what Saba learns about herself: she's a fierce fighter, an unbeatable survivor, and a cunning opponent. And she has the power to take down a corrupt society from the inside. Teamed up with a handsome daredevil named Jack and a gang of girl revolutionaries called the Free Hawks, Saba stages a showdown that will change the course of her own civilization.

Rules of Civility - Amor Towles

Denne var en av leseeksemplarene jeg fikk med meg fra BEA i fjor- En av de mest interessante ikke-YA bøkene jeg kom over.

On the last night of 1937, twenty-five-year-old Katey Kontent is in a second-rate Greenwich Village jazz bar with her boardinghouse roommate stretching three dollars as far as it will go when Tinker Grey, a handsome banker with royal blue eyes and a tempered smile, happens to sit at the neighboring table. This chance encounter and its startling consequences propel Katey on a yearlong journey from a Wall Street secretarial pool toward the upper echelons of New York society and the executive suites of Condé Nast--rarefied environs where she will have little to rely upon other than a bracing wit and her own brand of cool nerve.

Wooed in turn by a shy, principled multi-millionaire and an irrepressible Upper East Side ne'er-do-well, befriended by a single-minded widow who is a ahead of her time,and challenged by an imperious mentor, Katey experiences firsthand the poise secured by wealth and station and the failed aspirations that reside just below the surface. Even as she waits for circumstances to bring Tinker back into her life, she begins to realize how our most promising choices inevitably lay the groundwork for our regrets.

The Tokaido Road: a novel of feudal Japan - Lucia St. Clair Robson 

Er ikke coveret nydelig? Jeg hørte om denne gjennom en bokblogg for noen år siden og ble fasinert. 

After the execution of her father, the young and beautiful Lady Asano is in grave danger from the powerful Lord Kira. In order to save herself Asano must find Oishi, the leader of the fighting men of her clan. She believes he is three hundred miles to the southwest in the imperial city of Kyoto. 

Disguising her loveliness in the humble garments of a traveling priest, and calling herself Cat, Lady Asano travels the fabled Tokaido Road. Her only tools are her quick wits, her samurai training, and her deadly, six foot-long naginata. And she will need them all, for a ronin has been hired to pursue her, a mysterious man who will play a role in Cat's drama that neither could have ever imagined. . . .

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