Wednesday, August 10, 2011
Granted, I haven't showcased my book purchases since early April, but I was so horrified once I'd gathered (most of) the newbies together for the above photo op, that I cancelled three Amazon pre-orders. I don't need to acquire books for awhile, even if I do have gift certificates.
(Please note that the first three titles tell a story.)
Jeanne Darst's Fiction Ruined My Family. These days I rarely try for books at LibraryThing, so I was delighted when I won a galley of this memoir. Should make a great tie-in with Reading My Father and Yossarian Slept Here.
Sarah Bakewell's How to Live. Talked myself out of getting this from the library, so that I wouldn't feel that I needed to rush through it.
Jacqueline Winspear's Among the Mad. From the free books shelf in the staff lounge. Guess I should read at least some of the earlier Maisie Dobbs' before I start this.
Harry Mulisch's The Discovery of Heaven. I'd hoped to read along with Iris back in June, but quickly realized it just wasn't the time for me to start a book this size.
Andrew Burstein and Nancy Isenberg's Madison and Jefferson. Someone recommended David McCullough's biography of Truman to me today; I in return recommended Ron Chernow's Alexander Hamilton. I need to devote more actual time to biographies instead of merely intending to.
Amitav Ghosh's River of Smoke. I haven't even read Sea of Poppies yet!
Dale Peterson's The Moral Lives of Animals. A review copy.
David Lodge's A Man of Parts. My most anticipated book of the year. Why didn't I started this immediately? Now I'm planning to have an H.G. Wells month.
Annabel Lyon's The Golden Mean. The Slaves of Golconda will be discussing this on Sept. 30.
Jane Rogers' The Testament of Jessie Lamb. Made the Booker longlist so I thought I'd give it a try.
Stephane Audeguy's The Theory of Clouds. A French novel recommended at book club.
Felix J. Palma's The Map of Time. Steampunk. Another book for the potential H.G. Wells month.
Ron Rash's Saints at the River. Rash is my go-to for Appalachian fare.
Anne Enright's The Forgotten Waltz. Was surprised that this didn't make the Booker longlist. Have high expectations here since I loved The Gathering.
Tessa Hadley's The London Train. I like Hadley.
Kate Christensen's The Astral. Haven't read Christensen since The Epicure's Lament, which I loved. Another book I have high expectations for.
China Mieville's Embassytown. R. gave me this for Mother's Day.
Philip Hensher's King of the Badgers. Loved The Northern Clemency.
Tim Pears' Disputed Land. Lots of buzz about this at Book Balloon.
Jane Harris' Gillespie and I. I've not read Harris before.
Buck Brannaman's The Faraway Horses. A gift from C. for catsitting.
Patrick DeWitt's The Sisters Brothers. And we finally reach a book that I've read. I even read it immediately after receiving it! I'm pulling for the western to win the Booker! Plus, this has the best cover ever.
John Sayles' A Moment in the Sun. Could I get this read in a month if I read nothing but? Jeez, it's huge.
David Foster Wallace's The Pale King. Need to read the essays and short stories first.
Joe Scco's Footnotes in Gaza. Another freebie from the staff lounge. I have Palestine in progress.