Friday, July 3, 2009

Friday Finds-July 3



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


The book that caught my eye this week was Labor Day by Joyce Maynard that I found over at Bibliophile by the Sea. Although I do hate to even bring up the subject of Labor Day when it seems like summer is just beginning, it sounds like a great story.



Here is a summary of Labor Day from Joyce Maynard's website:

With the end of summer closing in and a steamy Labor Day weekend looming in the town of Holton Mills, New Hampshire, thirteen-year-old Henry -- lonely, friendless, not too good at sports -- spends most of his time watching television, reading, and daydreaming about the soft skin and budding bodies of his female classmates. For company Henry has his long-divorced mother, Adele -- a onetime dancer whose summer project was to teach him how to foxtrot; his hamster, Joe; and awkward Saturday-night outings to Friendly's with his estranged father and new stepfamily. As much as he tries, Henry knows that even with his jokes and his "Husband for a Day" coupon, he still can't make his emotionally fragile mother happy. Adele has a secret that makes it hard for her to leave their house, and seems to possess an irreparably broken heart.

But all that changes on the Thursday before Labor Day, when a mysterious bleeding man named Frank approaches Henry and asks for a hand. Over the next five days, Henry will learn some of life's most valuable lessons: how to throw a baseball, the secret to perfect piecrust, the breathless pain of jealousy, the power of betrayal, and the importance of putting others -- especially those we love -- above ourselves. And the knowledge that real love is worth waiting for.

So did you find anything new this week?

11 comments:

PopinFresh said...

I love the simplicity of the cover. This looks good.

~ Popin

bermudaonion said...

I'm lusting after this one too!

avisannschild said...

I thought this one sounded good too!

Michael said...

I've come across this one this one a couple of times this week, and I'll be looking for it at the library.

Dar said...

This one has caught my eye as well. The cover was what did it originally. My Friday Finds is here.

rhapsodyinbooks said...

I've been seeing this around - it looks really good!

Diane said...

I LOVED Labor Day. Read it this past week.

Ti said...

I went to the store today and they were stocking the shelves with back to school stuff!! Labor Day will be here before we know it! LOL.

Sassy Brit said...

Oh wow, Jo-Jo! Sounds like a very good book. I do like the cover, too.

Why was there a bleeding man? How did he teach Harry all those life lessons? I'm intrigued. You've listed so many good reasons to read this book in your summary!

I hope you enjoy it, I wouldn't mind reading it myself to see how it pans out.

Sassy
:)

Trin said...

Awe, that sounds so good.

MISSY said...

Labor Day is already on my wish list. I put it on my Paperback Swap wish list, so I will get it eventually. If I get impatient (which I am known to do!) I will buy it. Great find!