Saturday, December 27, 2008
The Reason for the Season
Okay, so technically very few of the books pictured above are presents--Christmas or late birthday--but are instead the happy outcome of having a credit card company double points for educational expenses; otherwise making tuition payments are kind of a drag. And the season I'm talking about isn't the season that you're in the midst of celebrating or that you'll necessarily be entering into, but for me, I feel I have no choice: I'm a binge buyer and I need to go cold turkey. No more new books brought into the house (sans library books, downloads to the Kindle, and the four already ordered but not expected until January) until May.
I fully intend to buy the new A.S. Byatt as soon as it's published (in May), but I hope the moratorium will have made me more temperate and my purchases will proceed at a more leisurely pace for the rest of '09.
Call this the Winter of My Content to Read What I Already Own:
Poppy Adams. The Behavior of Moths
Margaret Atwood. Payback
Michel Faber. The Fire Gospel
J.G. Ballard. Miracles of Life
Jean Edward Smith. FDR
Jon Meacham. American Lion
Roberto Bolano. 2666
Adam Braver. November 22, 1963
Nick Hornby. Shakespeare Wrote For Money
Daphne Du Maurier. Don't Look Now
Julian Rubinstein. Ballad of the Whiskey Robber
Adam Gopnik, ed. The Best American Essays 2008
Peter Matthiessen. Shadow Country
William Faulkner. Snopes: The Hamlet; The Town; The Mansion
William Gaddis. The Recognitions
Sherman Alexie cancels book tour for memoir about his mother.
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