November 4, 2009

A-Z Wednesday: L is for Lost and M is for Midnight

A-Z Wednesday is a Weekly Event
hosted by Vicky at Reading at the Beach.

To join, here's all you have to do:
Go to your stack of books and find one whose title starts with the letter of the week.
1~ a photo of the book
2~ title and synopsis
3~ link(amazon, barnes and noble etc.)
4~ Come back here and leave your link in the comments
If you've already reviewed this book you can link the review also.
Be sure to visit other participants to see what book they have posted and leave them a comment. (We all love comments, don't we?) Who knows? You may find your next "favorite" book.

Last week's letter was "L"
This week's letter is "M"
(Doing double duty this week because I neglected this last week.)

The Lost City of Z: A Tale of Deadly Obsession in the Amazon by David Grann
A grand mystery reaching back centuries. A sensational disappearance that made headlines around the world. A quest for truth that leads to death, madness or disappearance for those who seek to solve it. The Lost City of Z is a blockbuster adventure narrative about what lies beneath the impenetrable jungle canopy of the Amazon.

After stumbling upon a hidden trove of diaries, acclaimed New Yorker writer David Grann set out to solve "the greatest exploration mystery of the twentieth century:" What happened to the British explorer Percy Fawcett and his quest for the Lost City of Z? In 1925 Fawcett ventured into the Amazon to find an ancient civilization, hoping to make one of the most important discoveries in history. For centuries Europeans believed the world’s largest jungle concealed the glittering kingdom of El Dorado. Thousands had died looking for it, leaving many scientists convinced that the Amazon was truly inimical to humankind. But Fawcett, whose daring expeditions helped inspire Conan Doyle’s The Lost World, had spent years building his scientific case. Captivating the imagination of millions around the globe, Fawcett embarked with his twenty-one-year-old son, determined to prove that this ancient civilization--which he dubbed “Z”--existed. Then he and his expedition vanished.

Fawcett’s fate--and the tantalizing clues he left behind about “Z”--became an obsession for hundreds who followed him into the uncharted wilderness. For decades scientists and adventurers have searched for evidence of Fawcett’s party and the lost City of Z. Countless have perished, been captured by tribes, or gone mad. As David Grann delved ever deeper into the mystery surrounding Fawcett’s quest, and the greater mystery of what lies within the Amazon, he found himself, like the generations who preceded him, being irresistibly drawn into the jungle’s “green hell.” His quest for the truth and his stunning discoveries about Fawcett’s fate and “Z” form the heart of this complex, enthralling narrative.

Other L Titles:
The Lovely Bones by Alice Sebold
Last Time They Met by Anita Shreve
Letters to Rosy by C.
The Life Skills IQ Test by John Liptak
The Life and Works of Michelangelo by Nathaniel Harris
The Life and Works of Van Gogh by Janice Anderson
The Life and Works of Monet by Edmund Swinglehurst
Life is Like a Line by Cynthia M. Sabotka
A Lucky Child: Surviving Auschwitz as a Young Boy by Thomas Buergenthal
Leaves of Grass by Walt Whitman

Midnight Champagne by A. Manette Ansay

April Liesgang and Caleb Shannon have known each other for just three short months, so their Valentine's Day wedding at a chapel near the shores of Lake Michigan has both families in an uproar. As the festivities unfold (and the cash bar opens), everyone has an opinion and a lively prediction about April and Caleb's union, each the reflection of a different marital experience.

Meanwhile, at the nearby Hideaway Lodge, a domestic quarrel ends in tragedy. As April and Caleb's life together begins, death parts another man and woman in angry violence -- and as the two stories gradually intersect, their juxtaposition explores the tangled roots of vulnerability and desire.

By the time the last polka has been danced and the bouquet tossed, Midnight Champagne has cast an extraordinary spell. From the novel's opening epigraph from Chekhov -- "If you fear loneliness, then marriage is not for you" -- to its final moments in the honeymoon suite, A. Manette Ansay weaves tenderness and fury, passion and wonder into a startling tapestry of love in all its paradox and power.

Other M Titles:
Memoirs of a Geisha by Arthur Golden
The Madonna Complex by Norman Bogner
The Memory Keeper's Daughter by Kim Edwards
Middlesex by Jeffrey Eugenides
My FBI by Louis J. Freeh
Mansfield Park by Jane Austen
Mason's Retreat by Christopher Tilghman
Mirror for Humanity: A Concise Intro to Cultural Anthropology by Conrad Phillip Kottak
My Antonia by Willa Cather
My Only Story by Monica Wood
My Times: A Memoir of Dissent by John L. Hess
Myths of the Cherokee by James Mooney


  1. Both look interesting!!

    Thanks for playing!

  2. Wow, Midnight Champagne sounds amazing! Nice feature :)

  3. Midnight Champagne sounds delightful. Well, both of them look pretty good, but MC is more up my alley. :)

  4. I loved the Lost City of Z -- though you'll never travel to the Amazon after reading it.


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