Sunday, April 11, 2010

In My Mailbox (7)

Hosted by Kristi at The Story Siren, In My Mailbox is where you share the recent books you've bought/received/taken out from the library.
I didn't get many new books this week, but I'm still excited to start these. Both of the books are written by authors that I've previously read and enjoyed, so that's a plus.

Any Known Blood by Lawrence Hill:
There were Canes in Canada before the United States erupted into civil war. Their roots are deep, their legacy is rich, but Langston Cane V knows little of his heritage. He is thirty-eight, divorced, and childless and has just been fired for sabotaging a government official's speech.

The eldest son of a white mother and prominent black father, Langston feels more acutely than ever the burden of his illustrious family name and his racially mixed heritage. To be black in a white society is hard enough; to be half-black, half-white is to have no identity at all. Or so Langston believes. After a run-in with his father, Langston takes off for his feisty aunt's house in Baltimore, where he embarks on a remarkable quest for his family's past. (From Goodreads)

A Thousand Splendid Suns by Khaled Hosseini:
This is a breathtaking story set against the volatile events of Afghanistan's last thirty years, from the Soviet invasion to the reign of the Taliban to post-Taliban rebuilding, that puts the violence, fear, hope and faith of this country in intimate, human terms. It is a tale of two generations of characters brought jarringly together by the tragic sweep of war, where personal lives, the struggle to survive, raise a family, find happiness, are inextricable from the history playing out around them. (From Goodreads)

I immensely enjoyed the other books I've read by these authors, so I hope I'll feel the same way about these. Have you read Any Known Blood or A Thousand Splendid Suns? Let me know what you think! Also, feel free to leave a link to your IMM post so I can see what you got this week.

11 comments:

Beth said...

Have you read The Book of Negroes by Lawrence Hill? I just read it this year and it fabulous, even better than Any Known Blood I think.

Emidy said...

Beth - Yes, I've read that book! It was amazing... hopefully I enjoy Any Known Blood too.

Sara said...

Awesome books this week! I loved The Kite Runner and A Thousand Splendid Suns (which was just as good!). Have you seen the movie for The Kite Runner? Happy reading! :)

Aths said...

I've heard great things of both books, though I haven't read either. I'm sure you'll enjoy them!

Elle said...

A Thousand Splendid Suns is also on my TBR list. I'll be looking out for your review :)

WilowRaven said...

I haven't read A Thousand Splendid Suns but I've heard good things about it.

Happy Reading!

Serpentine Librarian said...

I really enjoyed A Thousand Splendid Suns, I liked it even more than I liked The Kite Runner. Have a great week!

Lahni said...

I really liked A Thousand Splendid Suns but it took a second reading to get there. It's a totally different book than The Kite Runner so don't go into it expecting the same style of book. It's not nearly as plot driven but it's still a great book!

Christina T said...

I loved A Thousand Splendid Suns although I prefer the Kite Runner. Both are amazing and I hope you enjoy it.

Juju at Tales of Whimsy.com said...

Interesting picks!

Carina said...

I'm also looking forward to Any Known Blood!

I got one book this week, not something I would normally read, but it's something to review.