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New Leaf Nominations for October 2019 • Ya Gotta Believe: Life of the Spirit
#11  issybird 09-02-2019, 08:13 AM
One issue I'm bumping into is that several books I'd like to nominate aren't available as ebooks. I know we don't have a rule against paper per se, but obviously they're non-starters just the same.
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#12  fantasyfan 09-02-2019, 10:50 AM
I am offering this as a possible nomination and if its link to the topic is too tenuous then I don’t mind if it should be withdrawn. I do think that it resonates with some of the key words in the topic.

The Sleeper In the Sands by Tom Holland

“As Howard Carter prepares to open the tomb of Tutankhamen, he broods on a variety of mysterious warnings. The most specific of these warnings takes the form of tales within tales within tales--tales of the mediaeval caliph Omar and his private physician, and tales of the Times of Ignorance, of the heretic pharaoh and the reasons why he rejected the gods of his fathers. . . the particular spins [Holland] puts on his own standard mythologies are ingenious, as is the way that he juggles known facts and standard theories to fit those spins. He creates a telling atmosphere of suspense in which we find ourselves caring in different ways about a social- climbing scholar, a warrior sick of killing and a princess desperate to survive on her own terms in a hostile court. Above all, this is ingenious in its use of the story-telling formulae of the Thousand Nights and One Night to tell a story that unfolds like a poisonous flower and sweeps us backwards and forwards through abysses of time and human anguish.” --Roz Kaveney

£3.65 Amazon UK €3.99 Apple Books Europe $4.44 Amazon.com
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#13  issybird 09-02-2019, 12:11 PM
Quote fantasyfan
I am offering this as a possible nomination and if its link to the topic is too tenuous then I don’t mind if it should be withdrawn.
I don't think it's possible for a connection to be too tenuous, by our custom.

I've liked a couple of books I've read by Holland and was thinking along the lines of ancient history/myth myself. I'll get the nomination up in a bit, but I see a price at Amazon of US$2.99, so I'll go with that.
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#14  Bookworm_Girl 09-02-2019, 07:57 PM
I don't know what I'm going to nominate yet. I have a few ideas. I was looking for a good fiction about alchemy but haven't found anything. I think the blending of history, science and philosophy is very fascinating.
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#15  Catlady 09-02-2019, 08:41 PM
I nominate Black Narcissus by Rumer Godden (1939, 193 pp.).

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Five nuns confront nature—physical and human—in a remote Himalayan convent in this bestselling novel that “bears comparison with A Passage to India” (Arthur Koestler).

Under the guidance of Sister Clodagh, the youngest Mother Superior in the history of their order, five European Sisters of the Servants of Mary leave their monastery in Darjeeling, India, and make their way to remote Mopu in the foothills of the Himalayan Mountains. There, in the opulent, abandoned palace where an Indian general housed his harem, the holy sisters hope to establish a school and a health clinic. Their aim is to help combat superstition, ignorance, and disease among the mistrusting natives in the village below, and to silence the doubts of their royal benefactor’s agent, the hard-drinking and somewhat disreputable Mr. Dean.

But all too soon, the isolation, the ghosts and lurid history, and the literally breathtaking beauty of this high, lonely place in the Asian mountains begin to take a serious toll on Sister Clodagh and her fellow nuns. And their burdens may prove too heavy to bear, exposing a vulnerable humanity that threatens to undermine the best intentions of the purest hearts.

The basis for the Golden Globe and Academy Award–winning motion picture starring Deborah Kerr, Black Narcissus has been universally praised for its poignancy, passion, and rich evocation of a time and place. An intensely human story of devotion, faith, and madness, this beloved novel by the New York Times–bestselling author of In This House of Brede stands among the finest fiction written in the twentieth century.
I've seen the movie version several times but have never read the book; I was torn between this and Godden's In This House of Brede, which I've read multiple times, though not recently.

It's an Open Road book so should be discountable at Kobo. Available in all relevant countries and in Overdrive.

Amazon U.S., $9.99
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#16  Catlady 09-02-2019, 08:48 PM
My second nomination is The Wonder by Emma Donoghue (2016, 303 pp.).

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By the New York Times bestselling author of Room: A small Irish village is mystified by what appears to be a miracle but may actually be murder in this "fine, fact-based, old-school page-turner" (Stephen King).

In this masterpiece by Emma Donoghue, an English nurse brought to a small Irish village to observe what appears to be a miracle -- a girl said to have survived without food for months -- soon finds herself fighting to save the child's life.

Tourists flock to the cabin of eleven-year-old Anna O'Donnell, who believes herself to be living off manna from heaven, and a journalist is sent to cover the sensation. Lib Wright, a veteran of Florence Nightingale's Crimean campaign, is hired to keep watch over the girl.

Written with all the propulsive tension that made Room a huge bestseller, THE WONDER works beautifully on many levels--a tale of two strangers who transform each other's lives, a powerful psychological thriller, and a story of love pitted against evil.
Available in all relevant countries and in Overdrive (e-book and audiobook).

Amazon U.S., $9.99
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#17  Bookpossum 09-02-2019, 09:29 PM
I too have been casting around for something to nominate this month. After considering ghost stories, and The Essex Serpent by Sarah Perry, I finally decided on a bit of hilarity. So I nominate Dirk Gently's Holistic Detective Agency by Douglas Adams.

From Kobo:
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What do a dead cat, a computer whiz-kid, an Electric Monk who believes the world is pink, quantum mechanics, a Chronologist over 200 years old, Samuel Taylor Coleridge (poet), and pizza have in common? Apparently not much; until Dirk Gently, self-styled private investigator, sets out to prove the fundamental interconnectedness of all things by solving a mysterious murder, assisting a mysterious professor, unravelling a mysterious mystery, and eating a lot of pizza – not to mention saving the entire human race from extinction along the way (at no extra charge). To find out more, read this book (better still, buy it, then read it) – or contact Dirk Gently’s Holistic Detective Agency. ‘A thumping good detective-ghost-horror-whodunnit-time travel-romantic-musical-comedy epic.’ The author
Kobo prices: $US7.99, $C10.69, $A9.99, £4.99.

Length: 287 pages.
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#18  Bookworm_Girl 09-02-2019, 10:26 PM
I second Black Narcicuss.
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#19  CRussel 09-03-2019, 12:25 AM
Second for Dirk Gently
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#20  Bookpossum 09-03-2019, 12:43 AM
I second The Sleeper in the Sands.
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