Wishing & Waiting on Wednesday

Nothing like a Wednesday for thinking about the books we want to read! My Wishing & Waiting on Wednesday post is linking up with two fabulous book memes, Wishlist Wednesday (hosted by Pen to Paper) and Waiting on Wednesday (hosted by Breaking the Spine).

This week’s pick:

The Museum of Extraordinary Things: A Novel

The Museum of Extraordinary Things by Alice Hoffman
(release date February 18, 2014)


From the beloved, bestselling author of The Dovekeepers, a mesmerizing new novel about the electric and impassioned love between two vastly different souls in New York during the volatile first decades of the twentieth century.

Coney Island: Coralie Sardie is the daughter of the impresario behind The Museum of Extraordinary Things, a boardwalk freak show that amazes and stimulates the crowds. An exceptional swimmer, Coralie appears as the Mermaid in her father’s museum alongside performers like the Wolfman, the Butterfly Girl, and a one-hundred-year-old turtle. One night Coralie stumbles upon a striking young man photographing moonlit trees in the woods off the Hudson River.

The dashing photographer is Eddie Cohen, a Russian immigrant who has run away from his father’s Lower East Side Orthodox community and his job as an apprentice tailor. When Eddie captures with his camera the devastation on the streets of New York following the infamous Triangle Shirtwaist Factory fire, he becomes embroiled in the mystery behind a young woman’s disappearance.

New York itself becomes a riveting character as Hoffman weaves her magic, romance, and masterful storytelling to unite Coralie and Eddie in a sizzling, tender, and moving story of young love in tumultuous times. The Museum of Extraordinary Things is Hoffman at her most spellbinding.

I seem to have a love/hate relationship with Alice Hoffman’s books. When they work for me, I simply love them! But when they fall flat, it’s way more than just dislike — no middle ground for me! In this case, from the brief synopses I’ve seen so far, I’d say that The Museum of Extraordinary Things sounds like it’ll go in my “love” column. New York, early 1900s, Coney Island, mystery, romance… so much to look forward to!

What are you wishing for this Wednesday?

So what are you doing on Thursdays and Fridays? Come join me for my regular weekly features, Thursday Quotables and Flashback Friday! You can find out more here — come share the book love!


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16 thoughts on “Wishing & Waiting on Wednesday

  1. This one sounds interesting. I’ve never read AH, which is funny because one of my all time favorite movies is Practical Magic. Where would you recommend I start? Thanks!

    • Of her earlier books, I’d say start with Practical Magic or Second Nature. I loved The Dovekeepers, but that’s one’s really different from pretty much everything else she’s written. The Probable Future is good too… oh, and she has a teen book about the Spanish Inquisition that’s short, intense, and just really great. 🙂

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