Thursday, September 10, 2009

Booking Through Thursday - September 10

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Here is this week's Booking Through Thursday question:

What’s the most informative book you’ve read recently?

Cleopatra's Daughter by Michelle Moran. I haven't really read any informative non-fiction, so the first fiction book I thought of was this one. I actually learned a lot about life in Rome back in the first century BC and also about some of the historical people of the time. It left me wanting to learn more about Rome and Greece and Egypt.

ARC Arrival: Sex, Drugs and Gefilte Fish: The Heeb Storytelling Collection

Sex, Drugs and Gefilte Fish: The Heebe Storytelling Collection

I received this Brianne Beers at Hachette Books and will also be hosting a giveaway for this book closer to it's release date.

Publisher: Grand Central Publishing
Publish Date: October 26, 2009

Scoring weed for your uncle...Hanging out with porn stars on Christmas Eve...Eating nachos with the Mossad...Observing the Dyke Days of Awe...Getting held up at a Weight Watcher's meeting...Spying on your naked Hebrew School teacher.

From Heeb magazine--the definitive voice of a proud, searching, and irreverent new generation of American Jews--this first-of-a-kind fast and fun showcase spotlights the hilarious and heartful raconteurial gifts of many of today's leading writers, comedians, actors, artists, and musicians. Laura Silverman, Michael Showalter, Andy Borowitz, Joel Stein, Ben Greenman, Darrin Strauss, and others navigate sex, drugs, work, youth, family, and, on the lighter side, body and soul. You'll never bleach your arm hair again.

ARC Arrival: Ring of Fire by Pierdomenico Baccalari

Ring of Fire - Century Book 1 by Pierdomenico Baccalari

I received this from Random House.

Publisher: Random House Books for Young Readers
Publish Date: September 8, 2009

Every hundred years, four kids from four cities must save the world.

Rome, December 29.

A mix-up with their reservations forces Harvey from New York, Mistral from Paris, and Sheng from Shanghai to share a room with the hotel owner’s daughter, Elettra. The four kids discover an amazing coincidence—they all have birthdays on February 29, Leap Day. That night, a strange man gives them a briefcase and asks them to take care of it until he returns. Soon afterward, the man is murdered.

The kids open the briefcase. In it they find a series of clues that take them all over Rome, through dusty libraries and dark catacombs, in search of the elusive Ring of Fire, an ancient object so powerful that legend says even a Roman emperor couldn’t control it.

In the first book of the Century quartet, Italian author P. D. Baccalario begins a mystery that will take four cities and four extraordinary kids to solve.