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Books Brought Home May/June 2017

What Are You Reading Now?

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May 4, 3:41am Top

I was at Value Village yesterday to find an inexpensive purse (found one in brown leather, perfect condition, for $7.99), and discovered that they sell books! Picked up:

Cutting for Stone by Abraham Verghese and
Me Talk Pretty One Day by David Sedaris

Edited: May 5, 2:07pm Top

Ahef Cutting For Stone is excellent!

May 5, 3:55pm Top

>3 ahef1963: >4 momom248:
Second the excellence of "Cutting"!

For my Kindle, two Japanese novels:
The Housekeeper and the Professor by Yoko Ogawa about an aphasic retired professor of mathematics and a single mother of a 10-year old boy who during the periods of 80 minutes of the professor's available short memory build a richer life together than they possessed alone. (Translation)
The Great Passage by Shion Miura about a lexicographer and his female linguistics partner who complete a heroic compendium of the Japanese language. (Translation)

May 12, 2:00pm Top

Picked up 14 Agatha Christie books from amazon.com including A Murder is Announced.

May 13, 1:09pm Top

May 13, 4:02pm Top

Picked up The Prime Minister's Secret Agent for $1 at the FOL.

May 13, 6:39pm Top

Can't Help Myself. . .

Undermajordomo Minor by Patrick deWitt His The Sisters Brothers was a unique noir western.
The Daughter of Time by Josephine Tey The "best murder mystery ever," according to the NYT
The Red Notebook by Antoine Laurain I enjoyed the President's Hat as a delightful fable.
Out of Sorts by Aurelie Valognes Another contemporary French novel I'll be reading in translation.

May 14, 7:07pm Top

Edited: May 15, 6:31pm Top

Arrived today:

Eve's Hollywood by Eve Babitz
Down Below by Leonora Carrington
The Farm in the Green Mountains by Alice Herdan-Zuckmayer
Signs for Lost Children by Sarah Moss
Men Without Women by Haruki Murakami
The Rings of Saturn by W. G. Sebald
Vertigo by W. G. Sebald
Sam Shepard: A Life by John J. Winters
Anything is Possible by Elizabeth Strout
House of Names by Colm Toibin

Gifts from a friend:

The Card Catalog: Books, Cards, and Literary Treasures by The Library of Congress
Footnotes from the World's Greatest Bookstores by Bob Eckstein

May 15, 5:47pm Top

>17 mollygrace: I'm deeply impressed by the sheer quantity, the variety and the quality.

May 16, 2:06pm Top

Deadmen Walking by Sherrilyn Kenyon - Usually I listen to the audio version, but I did not want to wait for this one. Pirates! who doesn't love a good pirate book. :)

May 17, 8:04pm Top

Universal Harvester by John Darnielle
Even This I Get to Experience by Norman Lear

May 18, 8:57am Top

>18 lansingsexton: Thank you for your comment. When four of my favorites write new books -- Strout, Toibin, McCullough, and Murakami -- and all four books arrive at once, I'm left with the tough but also very lovely choice of which one to put on the very top of the tbr pile (Strout won but the others are close at hand). Recently I've become aware of so many "new" writers (new to me anyway) -- Babitz, Matar, Moss -- and I'm looking forward to reading more of their work. And I've re-discovered W. G. Sebald -- not sure how I ever lost him in the first place, but I will not make that mistake again. And there are always those books you read about and for some reason just know they are destined for a place on your shelves -- artist Leonora Carrington's memoir, Alice Herdan-Zuckmayer's book about her family farm (on that one I think I was also influenced by the evocative Wolf Kahn painting on the cover), and Richard Ford's book about his parents. I've been a fan of Sam Shepard's plays for so long -- and of course there's that nice photo of him on the cover. And all this at a time when I'm slowing down somewhat in my reading . . . maybe I simply need new glasses, but I have a feeling the dying off of brain cells has something to do with it -- this getting old stuff is -- well, it's getting old. Darn. So many books, so little time.

May 18, 2:00pm Top

>16 mollygrace:

I really enjoyed Anatomy of a Disappearance, a serenely told tale of a young man with many mothers and no father. The writing is first rate and the plot original. Promised myself to read Matar's The Country of Men, which suggests it is a story of the other side of the coin about the roles of men and women in a Moslem country.

Would like to be reading over your shoulder as you're plunging into books by and about some of my favorite writers!

May 19, 3:23pm Top

Received three books for review:

The Flight: Charles Lindbergh's Daring and Immortal 1927 Transatlantic Crossing by Dan Hampton
Saving Charlotte: A Mother and the Power of Intuition by Pia de Jong
A Purely Private Matter by Darcie Wilde

May 20, 12:36am Top

>23 Limelite: Matar's The Return: Fathers, Sons, and the Land in Between is the true story of his return to Libya to search for the truth about what happened to his father. I learned so much about Libya from that book and was so impressed by the beauty of his writing. I'm eager to read more by this author.

I'm afraid you'd be frustrated as you tried to read over my shoulder. You'd certainly be welcome to try, but I have a feeling the pages wouldn't turn quickly enough for you. I've never been a particularly fast reader -- I often stop to savor certain passages, reading them again and again -- but in recent months I find myself taking several days to read a book that a year ago would have taken several hours. I need to cut down on my book-buying, but how in the world do you do that?

May 20, 2:45pm Top

I've been doing good, but I stopped at a Goodwill in the nice part of town the other day and came away with

How to be Good by Nick Hornby
Different Seasons by Stephen King
The Paris Wife by Paula McLain
The Seduction of Water by Carol Goodman
Odd Thomas by Dean Koontz
The Solace of Open Spaces by Gretel Ehrlich (on my wishlist for forever)

all for $10!

May 21, 4:15pm Top

>25 mollygrace:

You are asking the wrong person about how to quit buying books! I'm not a speed reader unless the story lacks certain aesthetic requirements I seem to have in order to enjoy it. Then I skim through.

Hope you enjoy "wallowing" in all your great new selections!

May 22, 8:22pm Top

Received an ARC of Slaves of the Switchboard of Doom by Bradley W. Schenck.

May 23, 12:42pm Top

Meetings with Remarkable Manuscripts by Christopher de Hamel
Times Three - poetry by Phyllis McGinley I have longed to own this book for many years and finally found a good copy at a used book store

May 23, 1:03pm Top

The Library at Mount Char by Scott Hawkins

May 23, 2:20pm Top

so far...

Room with a View by E M Forster
Siddhartha by Herman Hesse
Lucky Jim by Kingsley Amis
A Gentleman in Moscow by Amor Towles
Everything is Illuminated by Jonathan Safran Foer
Private Memoirs and Confessions of a Justified Sinner by James Hogg
What I Loved by Siri Hustvedt
Austerlitz by W G Sebald
Underworld by Don DeLillo

....a clear case of book greed.

May 23, 3:52pm Top

>32 floremolla: Oh, but who could resist such treasures?

May 23, 6:15pm Top

>33 mollygrace: exactly ;)

May 24, 10:22am Top

After hearing him speak twice I got The Power of a Teacher by Adam L. Saenz.

May 24, 5:35pm Top

Devoted fan of Robert Hicks that I am, I downloaded his latest, The Orphan Mother for Kindle. This novel is a related follow-up to The Widow of the South but of a different subject. Instead of a Civil War Hospital, it centers on a former slave of "The Widow" whose son is murdered post-war.

Hicks' story telling is superb, his prose sublime, and his historicity the best. A Separate County by him is a highly original masterpiece.

Edited: May 26, 3:09pm Top

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