Friday, May 29, 2015

Books I purchased on my visit to Phoenix, Arizona

Hello dear Readers,

Hope you are having a fantastic weekend.

Today, I would like to share with you the books I purchased during my visit to a few bookstores in Phoenix, Arizona.

I'm really excited to read these books. Have to say though, I read The Great Gatsby a few months ago, for the second time, and I loved it. The first time I try, was two years ago, I read a few pages and for some reason, I did not like it. I guess, that was not the moment for me to read it. I'm glad I gave it a second try. Now I can say, is one of my favorite books. 

Gilead I saw this book on the Book Riot Youtube Channel. They mentioned it as a recommendation of Pulitzer Prize Winners people can read to complete one of the task on their Read Harder Challenge. The synopsis sounds very interesting so I decided to give it a try.

Finally, Drown by Junot Diaz. Almost two years ago I read one of his books, The Brief Wondrous life of Oscar Wao. I loved that book. I just want to collect all his books and read them all eventually. Really like Junot Diaz writing style.

Title: The Great Gatsby 
Genre: Fiction
Author: F. Scott Fitzgerald 
Publisher: Scribner Classics
Language: English
Hardcover: 172 pages

Book Description

The Great Gatsby, F. Scott Fitzgerald’s third book, stands as the supreme achievement of his career. This exemplary novel of the Jazz Age has been acclaimed by generations of readers. The story of the fabulously wealthy Jay Gatsby and his love for the beautiful Daisy Buchanan, of lavish parties on Long Island at a time when The New York Times noted “gin was the national drink and sex the national obsession,” it is an exquisitely crafted tale of America in the 1920s.
The Great Gatsby is one of the great classics of twentieth-century literature.

Title: Gilead 

Genre: Fiction
Author: Marilynne Robinson 
Publisher: Picador
Language: English
Paperback: 247 pages

Book Description

Twenty-four years after her first novel, Housekeeping, Marilynne Robinson returns with an intimate tale of three generations from the Civil War to the twentieth century: a story about fathers and sons and the spiritual battles that still rage at America's heart. Writing in the tradition of Emily Dickinson and Walt Whitman, Marilynne Robinson's beautiful, spare, and spiritual prose allows "even the faithless reader to feel the possibility of transcendent order" (Slate). In the luminous and unforgettable voice of Congregationalist minister John Ames, Gilead reveals the human condition and the often unbearable beauty of an ordinary life.
Gilead is the winner of the 2005 Pulitzer Prize for Fiction.

Title: Drown 
Genre: Fiction-Collection of Short Stories
Author: Junot Diaz 
Publisher: Riverhead Books
Language: English
Paperback: 211 pages

Book Description

Drown is written by Junot Diaz, a Pulitzer prize-winning author. In this collection of short stories, Diaz explores the struggle of Dominican Republic immigrants in the United States to achieve the American Dream. Each story is related, but is a separate vignette, each with its own title. The novel does not follow a traditional story arc but rather each story captures a moment in time. Drown is narrated by an educated adult, and set mostly in the 1980s, with much of the narrative occurring in the narrator’s childhood.


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