Books Brought Home May/June 2017
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>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)
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.
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
>17 mollygrace: I'm deeply impressed by the sheer quantity, the variety and the quality.
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. :)
>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.
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!
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
>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?
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!
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!
Received an ARC of Slaves of the Switchboard of Doom by Bradley W. Schenck.
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.
After hearing him speak twice I got The Power of a Teacher by Adam L. Saenz.
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.
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