Saturday, May 22, 2010

The latest stack

Although I'm not making a lot of progress reading-wise this month, I'm still acquiring books at a steady clip.

Three books influenced by the recent Persephone week and my first ever Persephone catalog: Mathilde Wolff-Munckberg's On the Other Side (in a cheapo used mass paperback edition); Penelope Mortimer's Daddy's Gone A-Hunting; and Susan Glaspell's Fidelity.

Just out in paperback, Adam Foulds' The Quickening Maze.

Dezso Kosztolanyk's Skylark.

The Essential Rebecca West. Uncollected prose: seven essays, fifteen book reviews. I think a volume of all of West's uncollected book reviews much more essential than this skimpy offering, but obviously, I'm going to snatch up whatever's out there.

Forrest Gander's A Faithful Existence. Essays.

Jonathan Dee's The Privileges. From the new book exchange in the staff lounge.

Tom Rachman's The Imperfectionists. I do believe the buzz, I do, I do.

Jane Smiley's Private Life. I've already read this and I liked it very much.

Michael Crummey's Galore. It's autographed! And I think it won an award, too, but I bought it because it's been highly touted at Book Balloon.


  1. Anonymous11:32 PM

    Galore is wonderful. It will also make you feel sane, since most of the characters and even the setting itself, are nuts.

  2. Anonymous11:32 PM

    Galore is wonderful. It will also make you feel sane, since most of the characters and even the setting itself, are nuts.

  3. I've just ordered 'Private Life' from the library, but like you I'm also not getting through much reading this month and with two book group reads to address within the next fortnight I can only hope it doesn't arrive to soon and distract me even further.

  4. I'm hoping to see copies of Private Life soon.
    The Glaspell that a novel? I've only read plays by her: Surpressed Desires and Trifles, both of which I liked very much.

  5. It's a novel, but there's a collection of Glaspell's short stories, including the A Jury of Her Peers version of Trifles, that's coming out in July (and is currently on my wish list).

    SW, I've resorted to inactivating most of the books on my library holds list in an attempt to keep from being overwhelmed. I've still managed to get two that I won't be able to renew--and I've got a book group read that I've got to get through before I can start either of them. Eep.

    Nathalie, I can't understand why Galore hasn't been released in the United States. It took several weeks worth of constant vigilance on my part before an affordable used copy showed up--and I would have much rather had the author receive some of my money in the process.

  6. Lovely books! I liked Gander's novella a few years ago I should check out his essays. Those Persephones look pretty as does the NYRB. Enjoy!

  7. What a great stack, although I haven't read any of them.

  8. For some reason, I get a particular giggle out of finding the funny little early editions of Persephone's reissues; they often don't look at all the way I'd have expected.

  9. Coveting your copy of The Imperfectionists.


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