I read Emma Donoghue's Slammerkin (which I found on a clearance table for a couple of bucks) this weekend ... a fascinating historical novel inspired by the few surviving facts about the execution of Mary Saunders, who was hanged in 1764 for the 1763 murder of her mistress. A ton of detailed costume description (the garb of prostitutes AND fine dressmaking) in here as well as a gripping tale ... I suspect that the silver-embroidered, white velvet slammerkin will have a few costuming buffs hunting out their drool buckets ***grin***
For Terry Pratchett fans ... the lastest Discworld novel, Going Postal has its North American release this week (no, I haven't read it yet ... it only arrived at ULS today ... but I certainly plan to!)
I've been rereading some old treasures, so, from the depths of my bookcases:
R.D. Wingfield's Inspector Frost novels (Frost At Christmas, A Touch of Frost, Night Frost, Hard Frost, and Winter Frost) centre on Detective Inspector Jack Frost ... overworked, sleep-deprived, disorganized, coarse of humour ... and one of the most fascinating fictional characters I've ever come across. I discovered the books after watching David Jason's wonderful portrayal of the character in Yorkshire Television's marvelous Touch of Frost movie series. One note of caution (seconded by every person I've ever loaned these books to) ... you need to be wide awake to read these books because, like real police workloads, Frost works on six or more crimes/ongoing cases at once ... sleepy people may experience difficulties in keeping them straight. ***grin***
Life Among the Savages and Raising Demons, by Shirley Jackson. Memoirs of 1950s suburban life by the author of The Haunting of Hill House. Long predates Erma Bombeck, twice as funny and domesticity spends most of its time hiding under a chair! :-)))
Behind most classic movies there lurks a book and I have a few of these originals residing in my collection. Edward Streeter's Father of the Bride was the delightful inspiration for the Spencer Tracy/Elizabeth Taylor film. Cary Grant's Mr. Blandings Builds His Dream House was adapted from Eric Hodgins' hilarious novel of the same title. Clarence Day's childhood memoir, Life With Father (William Powell starred as "Father" in the film version) is a wonderful peek into life in early twentieth-century New York, as is its sequel, "Life With Mother" (sorry, couldn't find a link, except to the stage adaptation). And, finally, there are few mystery novels that can top the Dashiell Hammett tales, The Maltese Falcon and The Thin Man ... the movie versions are famed as classics; reading the novels will add another five dimensions to them on your next viewing!