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Friday, October 9, 2009

Friday Finds: 10-9-2009

Here are my finds this week!

Return Policy by Michael Snyder

In his second book, novelist Michael Snyder introduces us to three very unusual and distinct voices all torn by tragedy: Willy Finneran, washed-up genre novelist with an espresso maker that just won't die and a habit of avoiding conflict even if it means putting the truth on a sliding scale. Ozena Webb, single mother and Javatek's top customer service representative. She spends every evening playing board games with her twelve-year-old son who is mentally crippled from an early childhood accident. Shaq, a small and scraggy homeless man with trauma-induced blank spots on his memory, trying to piece together the story of his life while assisting Father Joe at the Mercy Mission. As their stories intersect, the narrative vacillates between hope and naivete, comic relief and postmodern ennui. Startling in its authenticity, this unforgettable novel reveals that no matter how far one has strayed from hope, there is always a way to return. (back cover)

Kiss Me Like You Mean It:
Solomon's Crazy in Love How-to Manual
by Dr. David Clarke

Goodbye, passion? Not so fast. Yes, it's true--that glorious, heart-pumping feeling of love and desire does seem to vanish in the wake of kids, careers, and, well, life. But you can reclaim that mad-for-you, crazy-in-love feeling, and this time it will be deeper and more intimate than ever before. Your guide? King Solomon, the Bible's greatest lover, who has a few secrets up his ancient sleeve about how a husband and wife can experience unending passion--and have a blast doing it. Psychologist and marriage therapist Dr. David Clarke shows you why the ardent exchanges and God-inspired, 3,000-year-old techniques of Solomon and Shulamith worked then--and still work today. You will learn how to troubleshoot problems and conflicts, put each other first, have fun, flirt, and be more playful and sensual. You got married because you were over-the-moon wild about each other, and you can experience that exhilarating passion again; the Song of Solomon reveals how! "Dr. David Clarke knows people. Dr. David Clarke knows humor. Dr. David Clarke knows his Bible. These come together in the perfect storm to put passion back in your marriage."--Dr. Woodrow Kroll, president of Back to the Bible International "Dr. Clarke's book is a call to the reality that marriage can be kept vibrant and meaningful by a romance that need never grow cold."--Harold J. Sala, PhD, founder and president of Guidelines International "If you've lost that loving feeling but would like to get it back again--and in the process take your marriage to a whole new level--then Kiss Me Like You Mean It is a book you'll have a hard time putting down."--Gary J. Oliver, PhD, executive director of The Center for Relationship Enrichment at John Brown University; author of Mad About Us Dr. David Clarke is a psychologist specializing in marriage therapy and is the author of seven books, including Men Are Clams, Women Are Crowbars and A Marriage After God's Own Heart. A graduate of Dallas Theological Seminary and Western Conservative Baptist Seminary, he has been in full-time private practice for over twenty years. (back cover)

Ladies of the Lake by Haywood Smith

Sisters Dahlia, Iris, Violet, and Rose—all with grown children of their own—have a complicated relationship, so when their grand - mother’s will requires them to spend the whole summer—without friends or family—“camping in” at her run-down lodge on re mote Lake Clare in order to inherit the valuable land, old rivalries and new understanding emerge, with plenty of laughs along the way. Desperate to save her Buckhead home from foreclosure after being left in the lurch, recent divorcee Dahlia must complete the summer and sell her share immediately. Practical, even-tempered Violet will be no problem, but Iris has been Dahlia’s nemesis since she learned to say, “no” to her big sister. And super-sweet, quirky Garage Sale Queen Rose is so “green” she’d test the patience of a saint. As tempers flare and old secrets are revealed, four grown women discover that the past is never truly buried. (Amazon)

What great books did you find this week?? Stop over at Should Be Reading and share yours!


gautami tripathy said...

Return Policy sounds great!

Friday Find: Ghostwritten by David Mitchell

Unknown said...

Return Policy and Ladies of the Lake sounds interesting. Happy Reading!

Mary (Bookfan) said...

I'm adding Ladies of the Lake to my list : )

Darlene said...

Ladies of the Lake sounds like a book I would like!

avisannschild said...

That first one sounds good and I love the cover!

Leslie said...

aww kiss me like you mean it sounds fun!


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