Book Delivery

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copyright: reading


I recently received a book subscription from Green Apple Books, a San Fransisco-based bookstore, as a gift.

Once a month, for a year, I will receive a new book; a surprise, a lovely gift wrapped with a bow.

The first one arrived yesterday. How exciting!

Man Tiger by Eka Kurniawan, an Indonesian writer.

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copyright: reading


Folded inside the book was an interview with the author, another unexpected treat.

Here is the description from the back cover:

A wry, affecting tale set in a small town on the Indonesian coast, Man Tiger tells the story of two interlinked and tormented families and of Margio, a young man ordinary in all particulars except that he conceals within himself a supernatural female white tiger. The inequities and betrayals of family life coalesce around and torment this magical being. An explosive act of violence follows, and its mysterious cause is unraveled as events progress toward a heartbreaking revelation.

Lyrical and bawdy, experimental and political, this extraordinary novel announces the arrival of a powerful new voice on the global literary stage.


I can’t wait to read it, and I’m curious to see what they will send next!






77 thoughts on “Book Delivery

  1. I remember book clubs – a commitment to buy one book a month etc. I thought they’d long since died a death.

    Love the blurb – just the minor matter of being a tiger is all that distinguishes him from an ordinary young man 🙂 Look forward to your review.

  2. This sounds even better than the fruit of the month club. That’s great that each book will be a surprise – something to look forward to and wonder about. I love the cover with the claw marks – it looks like one of our dogs might have gotten to it!

  3. I ❤ Green Apple! They're one of my favorite bookstores! My son thinks he owns the children's section. 😀 But I've never signed up for their subscription program because we live here. I've discovered some wonderful writers through their recommendations, but I haven't read this one. Whatever they recommend will be interesting, unusual, and well written. Now you've got me wondering if I should sign up….I look forward to hearing about your reading experience!

    • I guessed that this would be one of your bookstores! I wonder if they have a place in their store where they display the book that they have sent off to their subscribers? That way, even if you’re not a subscriber, you can see what has been sent and then decide if you want to buy it?

  4. This is such a wonderful idea! Kinda like when bookstores arrange “blind dates” with books. What fun! I’ve seen this being done with geeky things. There’s a website called Loot Crate, where you can buy a subscription and every month you get a box filled with themed goodies – villains, space, female protagonists, etc. This is kinda similar. 😀

  5. Awesome! Do you know what’s more awesome about that? You got an Indonesian author’s book! 🙂 There are not many Indonesian authors’ books translated into English, let alone sold out of Indonesia. You’re one lucky woman! lol

  6. What a great idea and the book is something a little different which always whets the appetite for more, I love the wrapping and the added bonus of an author interview as well. Your new Gravatar is blueming nice by the way.

      • It’s the classic wrapping, they should do that in shops, then I can parade my package around with a smug air…which I don’t normally do.

        You are such a name dropper, how was Mexico? Did I miss your post on it…I am terribly behind but on a positive note my hair isn’t a mess today.

        • I haven’t posted about Mexico yet. It was great though! I’ll write about it soon.
          I got very behind in my blogging too.
          Make the most of your good hair day and go out and strut your stuff!

          • I look forward to it my friend, the closet I’ve been to Mexico is a bag of Doritos, which were tasty. I think we bloggers are perpetually behind.

            Are you still up at some point for reading a big ol’ Russian classic?

            • Yes, I still want to do that! But I’m so behind in my reading so let’s wait for a few months if that works for you. The cold of winter would be a good time anyway, right?

            • Yes, method reading is always the way to go. There’s no rush, I have plenty of review for books people have submitted that I need to catch up on as well as other overdue things to write up on as well as other interesting opportunities for the future.

  7. Hey Letizia, so slow getting around to reading all my favourite blogs. This sounds like an awesome idea. I believe books find us sometimes. That book also sounds intriguing, I guess by getting a random book you may discover little gems that you never would have. Let us know how the book is.

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