It's been a relatively quiet week here at Casa Kittling, which-- after the recent weeks of book buying-- is a very good thing.
I sent 5 books to new Paperback Swap (PBS) foster homes and received 3. Here's the scoop on the three books that I found in my mailbox:
- The Last Days of Ptolemy Grey by Walter Mosley (LibraryThing Early Reviewer program). "Ptolemy Grey is a 91-year-old man, suffering from dementia and living as a recluse in his Los Angeles apartment. With one foot in the past and the other in the grave, Ptolemy begins to open up when Robyn Small, a 17-year-old family friend, appears and helps clean up his apartment and straighten out his life. A reinvigorated Ptolemy volunteers for an experimental medical program that will restore his mind, but at hazardous cost: he won't live to see 92. With the clock ticking, Ptolemy uses his rejuvenated mental abilities to delve into the mystery of the recent drive-by shooting death of his great-nephew, Reggie, and to render justice the only way he knows how, goaded and guided by the memory of his murdered childhood mentor, Coydog McCann." This book will be released on November 11. I've already read it, and all I can say is that Ptolemy Grey is a wonderful character!
- A Cotswold Ordeal by Rebecca Tope (PBS). "Thea Osborne embarks on her second housesitting assignment with very few worries, after her first disastrous venture during which she became entangled in a murder case. But the Phillips are obviously a laid back family, and there is little to do but tend an ailing pony and feed various furry pets and farmyard birds. However, it seems Thea is jinxed as an apparent suicide takes place in one of the barns."
- Dear Hearts and Gentle People by Ruth Park (PBS). "Dear Hearts and Gentle People is a playful pastorale set in a New Zealand country town in the late 1920s, where folk, full of simplicities and ironies, had an unspoken resolution to remain European in outlook, despite the besieging ferny hills, wild flax swamps, and the twilit forest of a Maori sorcerer."
Now the fun part: going to see what everyone else received in their mailboxes!