Monday, 23 April 2012

Snow Country by Yasunari Kawabata

PRICE: RM8 including postage (negotiable)

In Japan’s hot-spring resorts, the distinction between the geisha and the prostitute is blurred; it depends solely upon the conduct of the particular woman involved. Yasunari Kawabata’s Snow Country details the love affair between one such hot-spring geisha, a young woman named Komako, and a sophisticated literary man from Tokyo named Shimamura. The novel begins with Shimamura’s early December journey by train from Tokyo to the mountain resort at which he first met Komako the previous spring...summary taken from

The Peach Keeper by Sarah Addison Allen

PRICE: RM32 including postage

Bought 3 weeks ago at Popular book store.
In very good condition like brand new novel.

The New York Times bestselling author of The Girl Who Chased the Moon welcomes you to her newest locale: Walls of Water, North Carolina, where the secrets are thicker than the fog from the town’s famous waterfalls, and the stuff of superstition is just as real as you want it to be.

It’s the dubious distinction of thirty-year-old Willa Jackson to hail from a fine old Southern family of means that met with financial ruin generations ago. The Blue Ridge Madam—built by Willa’s great-great-grandfather during Walls of Water’s heyday, and once the town’s grandest home—has stood for years as a lonely monument to misfortune and scandal. And Willa herself has long strived to build a life beyond the brooding Jackson family shadow. No easy task in a town shaped by years of tradition and the well-marked boundaries of the haves and have-nots. Summary taken from

SOLD! Not Without My Daughter by Betty Mahmoody

RM15 including postage

A secondhand book in very good condition
A novel I dearly love, it was so hard to put this one down once you've read it.

"Betty Mahmoody is a devoted wife and mother until her husband, Moody, unexpectedly turns on her. Born and raised in Iran, Moody decides that he would like to take his wife, Betty, and daughter, Mahtob, to visit relatives in his homeland. Betty is reluctant at first, but is assured by her husband that it will only be for two weeks. Once in Iran, Moody informs Betty that they will not be returning to the United States. 

Betty runs to the U.S. Embassy for help and finds that although she has the legal right to leave the country, she cannot take her daughter because, in Iran, the father has legal custody. She refuses to leave without her daughter and returns to the home that she must now share with relatives. Trapped and unhappy, she is mistreated by both her husband and his family. She is beat and locked inside her rooms for days. She must learn to prepare insect infected food. And even worse, she must watch as her daughter is constantly scolded and punished at the school that she is required to attend. Betty and Mahtob must learn to survive in a country where she knows nothing of the language, customs, or laws. 

Betty is watched at all times and there are few opportunities for her to make contact with anyone outside of the house. She is rarely allowed to even call home where her older two sons are living with her parents awaiting her return. Soon, though, Betty begins to find ways to search for help. Once she is trusted to make short shopping trips, she uses these opportunities to either go to the Embassy or to make phone calls at a local store. Eventually she is put in touch with a group of people who, for a fee, agrees to hide and smuggle them out of the country. Although dangerous, Betty decides that it may be the only chance for her to leave Iran with her daughter. Betty and Mahtob begin the long journey back home to the United States.  Summary was taken from

My best friend's girl by Dorothy Koomson

PRICE: RM25 including postage

Secondhand book

How far would you go for the best friend who broke your heart? This internationally bestselling novel tells an enchanting tale of life’s most unpredictable loves and heartaches, and the unforgettable bond between a single woman and an extraordinary five-year-old girl. From the moment they met in college, best friends Adele Brannon and Kamryn Matika thought nothing could come between them—until Adele did the unthinkable and slept with Kamryn’s fiancĂ©, Nate. Now, after years of silence, the two women are reuniting, and Adele has a stunning request for her old friend: she wants Kamryn to adopt her five-year-old daughter, Tegan.

Besides the difference in skin color—many will assume that headstrong, impulsive Kamryn is Tegan’s nanny—there’s the inconvenient truth that Kamryn is wholly unprepared to take care of anyone, especially someone who reminds her so much of Nate. With crises brewing at work and her love life in shambles, can Kamryn somehow become the mother a little girl needs her to be? 

In My Best Friend’s Girl, Dorothy Koomson takes us on a warm and wondrous journey through laughter and tears, forgiveness and hope—and the enduring love forged by the unlikeliest of families. Synopsis taken from

Wednesday, 18 April 2012

Don't Kiss Them Goodbye by Allison DuBois

PRICE: RM15 including postage 
Secondhand book.
A bit yellowish.

Allison DuBois first realised her abilities at six years old when she saw her great-grandfather - after his funeral. For many years she learned to downplay her talents but while working for the county attorney when at law school, her gift took a distinct and miraculous turn. As she handled evidence from murder cases, Allison began to 'see' the crimes as they had occurred, providing vital information such as the location of bodies and unidentified perpetrators. She then decided to dedicate her life to ease the pain of those who have lost loved ones. Allison has helped solve numerous crimes. She has also been studied at three universities and her accuracy has amazed scientific researchers. DON'T KISS THEM GOODBYE is the fascinating account of a devoted wife and mother who combines a normal life with the ability to communicate with the dead. Synopsis taken from

This one is NOT a novel. Are you a fan of Sixth Sense (the film not the Malaysian boy band) or Echoes? If so, this one is for you to understand what is it like to have the gift to see or communicate with dead people.

A Place Called Here by Cecelia Ahern

PRICE: RM25 including postage

How can I describe this place? It’s an in–between place. It’s like a grand hallway that leads you nowhere, it’s like a banquet dinner of left–overs, a sports team made up of the people never picked, a mother without her child, it’s a body without its heart. It’s almost there but not quite. It’s filled to the brim with personal items yet it’s empty because the people who own them aren’t here to love them.

Since Sandy Shortt’s childhood schoolmate disappeared twenty years ago, Sandy has been obsessed with missing things. Finding becomes her goal – whether it’s the odd sock that vanished in the washing machine, the car keys she misplaced in her rush to get to work or the graver issue of finding the people who vanish from their lives. Sandy dedicates her life to finding these missing people, offering devastated families a flicker of hope. Snippet of synopsis are taken from

This one from Cecilia is my number one favorite. 4 STARS for this story!  Email me at if you have any question.

Tuesday, 17 April 2012

SOLD! Before I wake by Robert J. Wiersema

S O L D to Faridah ^__^

PRICE: RM25 including postage
Novel in very good condition
Plastic wrapped

It’s a parent’s worst nightmare: one moment, a child is skipping along the pavement; the next, he or she is obliterated by a speeding car. In the instant that three-year-old Sherry Barrett becomes a hit-and-run casualty on a Victoria street, everything – the family, the future, the belief in life as ordered and meaningful – is shattered.  Snippet of synopsis taken from

Personally, I gave 3 stars for the writer. Beware! You will not put it down (if you have soft spot like me :) )

Tuesday, 10 April 2012

Grand Opening

Peace be upon you READERS!

Hope you'll find your favorite books here in Reader's Lair.