Friday, February 20, 2009

Friday Finds-Feb. 20



Should Be Reading asks you to share what books you discovered this week that interest you!




Here is what I found this week:

From Daisy's Book Journal I found La's Orchestra Saves the World by Alexander McCall Smith.



Here is a brief summary of this book from the RandomHouse.ca website:

La's Orchestra Saves the World is another delightful story celebrating friendship and the healing power of music, told with the warmth and charm we've come to love from this favourite storyteller.

It's 1939 and the war in Europe casts a long, all-encompassing shadow. In a sleepy town in Suffolk, La, the generous and determined widow, forms an amateur orchestra to entertain the locals and soothe her own broken heart. She recruits Feliks, a refugee from Poland, to play the flute, and a touching friendship emerges. When the war is over and the orchestra disbands, La is left pondering her next move. What role can she play in her community now that the war is over? And can she let herself love again?


When our book club first started about 5 years ago one of the first books that we read was The No. 1 Ladies Detective Agency. We loved this book so much that we have been reading one book from this series every year. Of course there have been some that we have liked more than others, but I think our favorite so far is the last one we read, which was In the Company of Cheerful Ladies. This looks like another great story! But I must admit that I am confused, as I am wondering if it is only available in Canada? There is a lot of fun information on Alexander McCall Smith's website, but I don't see this book listed on there or the US Random House website. So now the question is...now that I have found it, how long will I have to wait to read it?

What did you find this week?

7 comments:

Anna said...

This one looks interesting. I hadn't heard of it, but I'll be checking it out.

--Anna
Diary of an Eccentric

avisannschild said...

I haven't heard of this book either! I'm a big fan of his Ladies' Detective Agency books (although I've only read the first three), so I'm curious about this one. It sounds interesting!

Care said...

I love McCall Smith. I have enjoyed many of the No1 Ladies Det. Agency books. I will look into getting it.
Thanks

bermudaonion said...

I love Alexander McCall Smith's books.

Janel said...

This one does sound good. Make sure to let us know if you track it down in the US.

Beth F said...

What cool idea to read through a series with a book club!

Alyce said...

I love his writing, but hadn't heard of this book. I'll have to check it out. Thanks!