May 26, 2010

Books on the Shelf: P

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

This week's letter is "P"
The first book is one I have read (and a favorite too) and the second book is in my TBR Pile.

The Poisonwood Bible by Barbara Kingsolver
From The Poisonwood Bible is a story told by the wife and four daughters of Nathan Price, a fierce, evangelical Baptist who takes his family and mission to the Belgian Congo in 1959. They carry with them everything they believe they will need from home, but soon find that all of it—from garden seeds to Scripture—is calamitously transformed on African soil. What follows is a suspenseful epic of one family's tragic undoing and remarkable reconstruction over the course of three decades in postcolonial Africa.
Possession by A.S. Byatt

From Roland Mitchell, underpaid English research assistant, is on a search for nineteenth-century poet Randolph Henry Ash's copy of Vico, in the hopes that Ash will have written something enlightening in the margins. The book is brought up from the vaults of the British Museum, and in it Mitchell finds far more than Randolph Ash's thoughts on Vico. Hidden between the pages, unknown to anyone, are two rough drafts of a love letter to an unknown woman, written by Randolph Ash - a man scholars believe was eternally, faithfully married. From here on, the plot thickens, as they say, to include romance, poetry, parodies of feminist and Freudian criticism, trips to old houses and foreign countries, thefts, deceptions, and true love.

To join A-Z Wednesday, 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.


  1. Sounds like an emotional read!

  2. Poisonwood Bible is a favorite of mine of all times!!!

  3. I loved The Poisonwood Bible too! I have not read Possession yet.

  4. I was never able to get through Possession. I'm not sure if I still have it though, I better rummage thru my shelves

  5. My book club is reading Poisonwood Bible this month and I have Possession in my possession and hope to get to it soon.


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