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We all have that one book we would recommend and are a little surprised when no one orders it. Here is the place to PIMP a book you really loved and think your fellow readers would like as well. When I have run this topic in the distant past, I was lucky enough to score a couple of real winners,so I thought I'd try it again because I know there's someone out there who would love to have thisbook.
This time around it's The Mermaid Chair by Sue Monk Kidd.
I loved this book, and (since her The Secret Lives of Bees is still being requested regularly), I'm surprised no one has picked up on this beautifully written novel of emotions and eroticism. From the jacket:
"What inspires the yearning for a soul mate? Few writers have explored, as Kidd does, the lush, unknown region of the feminine soul where the thin line between the spiritual and the erotic exists. The Mermaid Chair is a vividly imagined novel about the passions of the spirit and the ecstasies of the body; one that illuminates a woman's self-awakening with the brilliance and power that only a writer of Kidd's ability could conjure."
What have YOU got thet *I* (or others) might enjoy. I'm looking for a can't-put-it-down mystery/thriller (not a cozy, something along the lines of The Red Scream by Mary Willis Walker -- a book that kept me up all night, that I didn't want to end yet coudn't wait for it to end because it scared the hell out of me). It will NEVER go on my shelf, I actually re-read it.
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Laura: Pigs in Heaven is one of Kingsolver's best, about a woman who adopts a Native American baby, then has to fight to keep her.
I can't say it better than this PBS reviewer (wish I'd thought of it): Barbara Kingsolver is a genius. If you're a mother, you must read this. If you're not a mother, you must read this. You will want to live with these characters forever and you will wish that you knew them. One of my favorite books ever!
This book is a wonderful sequel to The Bean Tree, which I don't have, but can be read as a stand-alone if you're not interested in reading both.
Snow Falling on Cedars isn't everyone's cup of tea. It is one of the few novels that touches on the internment of the Japanese-Americans during WWII,which is a subject I am very interested in. I liked it quite a lot. It seems to be a love it or hate it book.
It's a mystery set in 1954 that has its roots in the camps.
Well, now this is just sad. No one has books to recommend on a book swapping site?
A book that I read in 5th grade remains an absolute favorite; So Far From the Bamboo Grove by Yoko Kawashima Watkins. Maybe it's uber-popular now, but when I read it, we had to order it as a class because there weren't enough copies in the libraries in our (very large, populated, educated) county outside of DC and questionably enough in specialized bookstores. It's about a young Japanese girl and her brother and sister living in Korea in the post WWII era. I now know that there's a significant amount of politcal/social/maybe even moral aspects of this time that were left out and maybe the author, who had a lot of time to reflect on her experience before writing this novel, should have mentioned these things. On the flip side, it's written about her childhood experiences, from a child's point of view, and I'm guessing that, as a 10 year old, she didn't fully understand the political climate she was living in. The story is gripping, the characters incredible, and the writing really fantastic (even now).
The Namesake is one of my favorite books of all time. It spoke to me in a way that no other book has done, not even Lahiri's others. And my momma read it, too, so it gave us something to talk about 1000 miles apart.
I also really really enjoyed The Thirteenth Tale. I don't know why, but it really creeped me out so I could only read it in broad daylight or when my husband was next to me. It was fantastically written. I was so sad for it to end, but found myself racing towards the last chapter so I could figure out what was going on.
I realize that these last two aren't really "hidden gems" or really even overlooked (what with The Namsake becoming a movie and all), but just books that I absolutely love.
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Cormac McCarthy's THE ROAD!! THE best book I have ever read. Period. It has a permanent spot on my 'keeper' shelf. (I can't wait for the movie!)
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Fire and Ice ::
Fire and Ice is the sequel to Shipkiller by Justin Scott, which I have as an unpostable.
I'm not pimping my shelf, I'm "pimping" (highly recommending) a specific book (which would be a Hidden Gem). I'm not offering deals, I'm looking for can't-resist books to order.
And just a title doesn't do it for me. I want to know why the book is so wonderful!
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I'm "pimping" (highly recommending) a specific book.
The definition of pimp or pimping: To solicit or procure clients for a prostitute.
By use of the word pimping here one could define it as to solicit or procure requests for a book. Whether it's an entire shelf or a specific book from your shelf or from someone elses it makes no difference. It's soliciting a swap. And there are specific places for that and it's not in the mainstream Hidden Gems forum.
You're advertising a book on your shelf and encouraging everyone else to do likewise. Essentially it's a big ol' book-off-your-shelf advertising fest.
Not that there is anything wrong with that as long as:
I'm not offering deals, I'm looking for can't-resist books to order.
You don't have to offer deals to be pimping in the wrong place.
I agree about Barbara Kingsolver and love just about everything I've read by her. Prodigal Summer and The Bean Trees are my favorites; I felt so involved/connected to the characters in those stories and the way she writes is kind of like a Tootsie Roll Pop for me - I have trouble deciding whether to DEVOUR it as quickly as possible or try to make it last...
Another favorite author of mine is Robin McKinley. Yes, I know you asked for BOOKS, but it's hard for me to seperate books from an author sometimes. :o) I read The Hero and the Crown when I was young (around 11) and adored it - didn't find The Blue Sword until I was older. Both of them have been re-reads for me every couple of years or so. I think she's very overlooked.
My brain is on overload mode right now, so I'll have to get back to this topic when I think of more overlooked books. And I just realized, you asked for books on our SHELVES; I totally got excited and posted my favorite overlooked authors, but don't have these books on my shelf.