Waiting on Wednesday – The Yonahlossee Riding Camp for Girls: A Novel by Anton Disclafani

“Waiting on Wednesday” is a weekly event, hosted by Jill at Breaking the Spine, that spotlights upcoming releases that we’re really excited about.

The Yonahlossee Riding Camp for Girls – Anton Disclafani
To be published June 2013

Goodreads says:A lush, sexy, evocative debut novel of family secrets and girls’-school rituals, set in the 1930s South.

The Yonahlossee Riding Camp for Girls: A NovelIt is 1930, the midst of the Great Depression. After her mysterious role in a family tragedy, passionate, strong-willed Thea Atwell, age fifteen, has been cast out of her Florida home, exiled to an equestrienne boarding school for Southern debutantes. High in the Blue Ridge Mountains, with its complex social strata ordered by money, beauty, and girls’ friendships, the Yonahlossee Riding Camp for Girls is a far remove from the free-roaming, dreamlike childhood Thea shared with her twin brother on their family’s citrus farm—a world now partially shattered. As Thea grapples with her responsibility for the events of the past year that led her here, she finds herself enmeshed in a new order, one that will change her sense of what is possible for herself, her family, her country.

Weaving provocatively between home and school, the narrative powerfully unfurls the true story behind Thea’s expulsion from her family, but it isn’t long before the mystery of her past is rivaled by the question of how it will shape her future. Part scandalous love story, part heartbreaking family drama, The Yonahlossee Riding Camp for Girls is an immersive, transporting page-turner—a vivid, propulsive novel about sex, love, family, money, class, home, and horses, all set against the ominous threat of the Depression—and the major debut of an important new writer.

What are you waiting for?

Waiting on Wednesday – The Manor: Three Centuries at a Slave Plantation on Long Island by Mac Griswold

“Waiting on Wednesday” is a weekly event, hosted by Jill at Breaking the Spine, that spotlights upcoming releases that we’re really excited about.

The Manor: Three Centuries at a Slave Plantation on Long Island – Mac Griswold
To be published: June 2013

Goodreads says:The extraordinary story of a Long Island plantation across three centuries and eleven generations

In 1984, the landscape historian Mac Griswold was rowing along a Long Island creek when she came upon a stately yellow mansion and a garden guarded by hulking boxwoods. She instantly knew that boxwoods that large—twelve feet tall, fifteen feet wide—were hundreds of years old. And so was the house, Sylvester Manor, held in the same family for eleven generations.
The Manor: Three Centuries at a Slave Plantation on Long Island    When Griswold went inside, she encountered a house full of revelations, like the 1666 charter for the land and a letter from Thomas Jefferson. But most remarkable—and most disturbing—was what the aged owner, Andrew Fiske, casually called the “slave staircase,” which would reveal the extensive but little-known story of Northern slavery.
Years after her tour, Griswold could not let go of the house and its many secrets, and she began to research the family that gave the property its name. In 1997, alongside a team of archaeologists, she began to dig, uncovering a landscape filled with stories.
Based on years of research—and voyages that took Griswold as far as West Africa—The Manor is the biography of a place that has endured through wars great and small, through fortunes won and lost, and the tale of the family that has occupied it for three centuries. At once a fine-grained account and a sweeping drama, it captures American history in all its richness and contradictions.

What are you waiting for?

Ah, I see we’re halfway through January already.

Whoops. I’ve been slacking.

Not really. I’ve actually been pretty busy.

Since mid-November I’ve been filling out applications and going to interviews like it’s my favorite hobby. It’s not. I can’t think of anything more stressful than a job hunt. Anyway, the force was with me and I was offered two positions this week. I’m very excited to take up a new role in librarianship!!

Unfortunately, my new role means rearranging my To Read list a bit to include exciting titles such as “Health Informatics for Medical Librarians” and “The Accidental Health Sciences Librarian,” the latter of which I am currently reading and lost respect for as soon as I read a quote about PDAs and BlackBerry devices. I could have sworn this was published in 2010. This just goes to show how quickly publications about technologies can be obsolete.

Waiting on Wednesday – Cinnamon and Gunpowder by Eli Brown

“Waiting on Wednesday” is a weekly event, hosted by Jill at Breaking the Spine, that spotlights upcoming releases that we’re really excited about.

Cinnamon and Gunpowder – Eli Brown
June 2013

Goodreads says: A gripping adventure, a seaborne romance, and a twist on the tale of Scheherazade—with the best food ever served aboard a pirate’s ship.

Cinnamon and Gunpowder: A Novel     The year is 1819, and the renowned chef Owen Wedgwood has been kidnapped by the ruthless pirate Mad Hannah Mabbot. He will be spared, she tells him, as long as he puts exquisite food in front of her every Sunday without fail.
To appease the red-haired captain, Wedgwood gets cracking with the meager supplies on board. His first triumph at sea is actual bread, made from a sourdough starter that he leavens in a tin under his shirt throughout a roaring battle, as men are cutlassed all around him. Soon he’s making tea-smoked eel and brewing pineapple-banana cider.
But Mabbot—who exerts a curious draw on the chef—is under siege. Hunted by a deadly privateer and plagued by a saboteur hidden on her ship, she pushes her crew past exhaustion in her search for the notorious Brass Fox. As Wedgwood begins to sense a method to Mabbot’s madness, he must rely on the bizarre crewmembers he once feared: Mr. Apples, the fearsome giant who loves to knit; Feng and Bai, martial arts masters sworn to defend their captain; and Joshua, the deaf cabin boy who becomes the son Wedgwood never had.
Cinnamon and Gunpowder is a swashbuckling epicure’s adventure simmered over a surprisingly touching love story—with a dash of the strangest, most delightful cookbook never written. Eli Brown has crafted a uniquely entertaining novel full of adventure: the Scheherazade story turned on its head, at sea, with food.

 

What are you waiting for?