Verisimilitudes: Week Ending 06.29.2013

Typographical_EraWelcome to Verisimilitudes, our regular round-up of the past week’s activity. It’s your one-stop source for all of the bits and bleeps we’ve been posting here and on social platforms.

Tomorrow (July 1) is our 6 month anniversary!  We will hopefully be celebrating half a year of Typographical Era with books and cake…how will you be celebrating?  While you decide, check out what you may have missed around here this week:

 

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Anatomy of a Disappearance by Hisham Matar

Anatomy-of-a-Disappearance ★★½☆☆
Anatomy of a Disappearance
A Novel by Hisham Matar
Audiobook read by Steve West
2012 / 224 Pages
Listening Time: 5:36:23

Hisham Matar’s 2011 novel introduces readers to a young Egyptian boy named Nuri.  When Nuri was very young, his mother died unexpectedly and he has been raised by his father and a slew of servants.  Nuri’s father is some sort of politician or diplomat (his role is never very clearly explained), and therefore the young boy leads a privileged but sorrowful life.  With his mother gone and his father always abroad or dealing with some sort of serious political situation, Nuri is left longing for companionship, comfort, and security.  But about a year after his mother’s death, Nuri meets 26 year-old Mona by a hotel pool in Alexandria.  Stricken by her beauty and gentleness, he forms a bond with Mona, and soon, Mona marries Nuri’s father and takes on the role of doting step-mother.

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The Execution of Noa P. Singleton by Elizabeth L. Silver

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Nothing but the truth

As Elizabeth L. Silver’s debut novel opens, one crucial fact is made abundantly clear: inmate Noa P. Singleton sits on Pennsylvania’s death row awaiting execution for a crime that she committed.  It’s the why behind her actions, and not the question of her guilt or innocence, that remains woefully unanswered.  With just six months to go until her execution date, could the sudden appearance of her victim’s mother, and the promise of clemency she carries with her, hold the key to unlocking the mystery behind Noa’s actions?

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What We’re Reading / What You’re Reading 06.28.2013

What We're Reading

It’s time for another Friday edition of the segment where we fill you in on what we’re reading, and we hope that you’ll reciprocate by telling us what you’re enjoying (or loathing) as well.

Don’t be shy, we want to hear from you! Feedback from our followers will play a role in helping us to determine what books to read, review, and feature on this site over the coming months. It will also give us a better idea of the topics and genres that interest you.

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Best New Fiction: July 2013

Best New Fiction

The dog days of summer are almost upon us.  We’re here to remind you to stay hydrated and well read as it continues to heat up out there.

July looks like a great month for translation, with new titles becoming available in English for the first time from Best Translated Book Award winner László Krasznahorkai, Prix Goncourt winner Marguerite Duras, and Italian author Maurizio de Giovanni.  It’s also shaping up to be a great month for female fiction writers with a new novel from Booker nominee Rachel Joyce, a new short story collection from Giller nominee Lynn Coady, and a debut from author Sarah Bruni that looks so stunning that we simply had to chose it as an official Critical Era book club selection.

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