Saturday, August 16, 2008
Latest batch of books
These are the books that have taken up residency on my shelves over the last couple of months. It's sort of magic how these things find their way here considering I've had exactly two trips to the bookstore this summer and brought home only four books total. If you're out of storage space, they will come, I suppose.
David McCullough. John Adams. Finished watching the HBO series earlier in the week. I'll probably wait to start this one until after I've read a Jefferson bio.
Anne Enright. Yesterday's Weather. Short stories. I'm very excited to own this.
Beth Gutcheon. Good-bye and Amen. Already finished with a review pending.
Robert Boswell. The Half-Known World: On Writing Fiction. I love reading craft books and I'm quite fond of Boswell anyway.
John Dufresne. Requiem, Mass. Read during the readathon in June.
Helen Garner. The Spare Room. It didn't make the Booker longlist, but I bought it anyway.
Amitav Ghosh .Sea of Poppies. This one did make it onto the Booker longlist.
Haven Kimmel. Iodine. I'm anxious to start.
R.W.B. Lewis. The Jameses: A Family Narrative. I've eyed library copies of this one for years, but knew it would be impossible to read it before its due date. Now I can read it at my leisure.
Joan Wickersham. The Suicide Index. One of the best books I've read this year.
Richard Hughes. A High Wind in Jamaica, The Fox in the Attic, In Hazard, and The Wooden Shepherdess. If they're all as wonderful as High Wind, I'm in for a treat.
Stefan Zweig. The Post-Office Girl. Lots of discussion of this one in the forums at Readerville and Book Balloon.
Darcy O'Brien. A Way of Life, Like Any Other. If it's reissued by NYRB it's got to be good, right?
Kitty Aldridge. Cryers Hill. Another Readerville recommendation.
John McPhee. The Control of Nature. Purchasing this one led to a big discussion on Alaska and Utah with the owner of my favorite used bookstore: he was previously a miner in Utah.
John Welter. Night of the Avenging Blowfish. I've read this one before. Welter is hilarious. Why has he stopped publishing?
Nicolai Gogol. Overcoat and Other Tales of Good and Evil. The only thing I've read by Gogol is Dead Souls. I'm sure that's not enough.
Michael Greenberg. Hurry Down Sunshine. ARC
Sana Krasikov. One More Year. Review copy
Perri Klass. The Mercy Rule. Review copy
Porter Shreve. When the White House was Ours. Review copy
And (unpictured) for the Kindle:
Lin Enger. Undiscovered Country. Based on Hamlet.
David Rabe. Dinosaurs on the Roof. I'm not quite halfway through and I doubt I ever finish it.
Works of Anton Chekhov. The complete works. For $4.79.