Sunday, June 10, 2012


Yesterday I accompanied my better half to the hairdresser. The fifteen minutes or so it takes for the girl to cut his hair (or, on one occasion, attempt to cut my grass) gives me enough time to run down to Unleash Books and find new and exciting titles to add to my collection. Yesterday was a 3 for the price of 2 sale on all fiction titles at the Bondi Junction store. Obviously I couldn't resist such an offer, so I picked up a few books I had been dying to get my hands on. You might have noticed from posts here and here that I love a Jennifer Egan book. And I wrote about my appreciation for the writings of Sam De Brito here. I haven't read anything by Rainbow Rowell yet but I have heard great things. Here's my new 'booty' (does that word even hold the same meaning anymore?): 

Emerald City - Jennifer Egan ($19.99)
The Blurb: These eleven masterful stories – the first collection from acclaimed author Jennifer Egan – deal with loneliness and longing, regret and desire. Egan’s characters – models and housewives, bankers and schoolgirls – are united by their search for something outside their own realm of experience. They set out from locations as exotic as China and Bora Bora, as cosmopolitan as downtown Manhattan, or as familiar as suburban Illinois to seek their own transformations. Elegant and poignant, the stories in Emerald City are seamless evocations of self-discovery.

Eleanor & Park - Rainbow Rowell ($27.99)
The Blurb: Eleanor is the new girl in town, and she's never felt more alone. All mismatched clothes, mad red hair and chaotic home life, she couldn't stick out more if she tried. Then she takes the seat on the bus next to Park. Quiet, careful and, in Eleanor's eyes, impossibly cool, Park's worked out that flying under the rader is the best way to get by.
Slowly, steadily, through late-night conversations and an ever-growing stack of mixed tapes, Eleanor and Park fall in love. They fall in love the way you do the first time, when you're 16, and you have nothing and everything to lose.
Set over the course of one school year in 1986, Eleanor and Park is funny, sad, shocking and true - an exquisite nostalgia trip for anyone who has never forgotten their first love.

Hello Darkness - Sam De Brito ($32.99)
The Blurb: In Ned Jelli's family, journalism and working the news pit of Sydney sleaze for Rupert is in the genes. And everyone knows, you can't escape your genes, or your family. At 39, Ned returns to the news empire he started his career at when he was 19, and his life has come full circle. And for a lost boy like Ned, where 20 years have been spent eddying around the same small course of Bondi, babes, and booze, this is the final sign he's going nowhere fast. Held back by his own fear and loathing, and searching for the perfect woman to fill the black hole where his heart should be, Ned continues the fatal and often fatally funny trajectory he began in 'The Lost Boys'. Set among the newsrooms of Sydney, 'Hello Darkness' is a sharp, demonic exposé of the world of journalism from an insider, and of the cost of being less than you hoped you would be, and wishing for all that is beyond your reach.

What are you reading at the moment? Have you read anything lately that you're dying to share with a fellow bookworm? I'd LOVE your recommendations - pop them in the comments field below! 

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