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Books Brought Home November/December 2019

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Nov 1, 2019, 7:34pm

Holly Bank Full of Angst by Julie Valerie

Nov 1, 2019, 8:15pm

The Bad Side of Books by D. H. Lawrence

Photojourney in Georgia by Iliaz Iskandarov (no touchstone, I'll probably need to manually add this one)

Edited: Nov 4, 2019, 8:39am

Ethics for the New Millennium by Dalai Lama XIV

Just started this book. It's fascinating.

Nov 3, 2019, 9:22pm

The Devil's Teardrop by Jeffery Deaver

Nov 4, 2019, 2:27pm

I'm waiting for two books in post Bouillabaisse for Bibliophiles and The Little Tea Book

Nov 5, 2019, 9:07am

Waiting for me when I woke up this morning: Life and Limb by Jennifer Roberson.

Nov 5, 2019, 9:39am

Nov 5, 2019, 4:06pm

Find Me by Andre Aciman
Love and I by Fanny Howe
A Month in Siena by Hisham Matar
Ecstasy and Terror by Daniel Mendelsohn
Sarah Jane by James Sallis
To the Land of Long Lost Friends by Alexander McCall Smith

Nov 7, 2019, 9:06am

>7 LisaMorr: Happy Birthday!

Technically this should be on the old thread, but to allay confusion I'll post here. On Halloween I opened a Litsy swap package and was gifted Dark Witch by Nora Roberts, Strange Fascination by Syd Moore, and Vassa in the Night by Sarah Porter, all from my wish list.

Edited: Nov 11, 2019, 12:48pm

The Bone People by Kari Hulme for me.

Two for Christmas presents:
A beautiful edition of Rebecca by Daphne du Maurier for my mother; it's one of her old favourites.
The Thing with Feathers by Noah Strycker - a book about bird behaviour for my bird-loving brother.

Nov 12, 2019, 8:41am

Patiently waiting on my Kindle this morning was The Killing Light by Myke Cole.

Nov 12, 2019, 3:38pm

Free from for a limited time: Down Among the Sticks and Bones by Seanan McGuire.

Nov 13, 2019, 10:43pm

Couple of modern classics downloaded to my Kindle.
Red Sky at Morning by Richard Bradford
Manhattan Transfer by John Dos Passos

If you've read either of them, please let me know if I made good purchases or just downloaded lemons.

Nov 14, 2019, 9:21am

Waiting patiently for me on my Kindle this morning, Dispel Illusion by Mark Lawrence.

Nov 14, 2019, 3:15pm

>15 Limelite: I never read Bradford's novel but it was made into a film in the early 70's and I did enjoy the film.

Nov 15, 2019, 5:53am

>10 PaperbackPirate: Thank you! My birthday was at the end of October, but I was away for business and it took me a while to find them... my husband opened the box from Amazon and neglected to tell me that the box contained presents! LOL

Nov 17, 2019, 6:15pm

Nov 17, 2019, 8:19pm

Just finished The Names, my first Don DeLillo experience. Went right out to find a copy of White Noise.

Edited: Nov 20, 2019, 7:07am

For the last year, I've been working my way through my personal library, having to say goodbye to many books that have meant so much to me, I've come across some that I must discard due to their poor condition. Example: John Le Carre's Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy, The Honourable Schoolboy, and Smiley's People. I first read them in March of 1980. I would miss the sight of those hardcover editions on my shelves -- I can't have a library without them -- so I've replaced them with Penguin paperbacks. My old paperback copy of The Spy Who Came in from the Cold needed to be replaced, too.

I've had such a difficult time parting with some books. Recently I discarded my copy of Chang-Rae Lee's A Gesture Life, a book that touched me deeply when I first read it. But I was preparing a basket of some old favorites to place in a local community center's weekend for sharing old treasures and I hoped someone would want Lee's book. A week later there was a knock on my door and a woman I didn't know was holding that book in her hands and thanking me for donating it. She loved it, but "are you sure you want to part with it?" I said "yes" (meaning "no"). We talked about the book for awhile and discovered so many other books and authors for whom we shared a passion. So I made a new friend, and, of course, the minute I could get to the computer, I ordered a copy of Lee's book. I really do need to have a copy of that book on my shelves. My family and friends have noted that I'm not making a lot of progress discarding books. I'm doing the best I can - and I've already said goodbye to more than a thousand books - (I am hoping to part with about 500 more) - but parting is indeed such sweet sorrow.

And then there are two new books to add to my library:

10:04 by Ben Lerner
The Mutual Admiration Society by Mo Moulton

Edited: Nov 20, 2019, 4:12pm

>21 mollygrace:

My books are palpitating in fear that I will be struck by your self-reform efforts. After hearing about your exercise in spine stiffening (heavy starch, I assume) that it took to say 'bye to hc le Carre classics and then to bid well intentioned farewell to "Gesture," I knew I must do something about my own library.

I immediately jumped up, went to all my volumes in all the bookcases and caressed the trembling friends who reside there, reassuring them that no matter what, they would always have a home with me.

Gesture Life is that beautiful, touching, lingering novel that demands rereading over the years. One of my favorites, too. It's a book that provides readers with unexpected pleasure. In your case, it knocked at the door. Lovely!

Edited: Nov 25, 2019, 6:43pm

>22 Limelite: >23 ahef1963: I received three packages of books in the mail today. A few of the books are birthday and Christmas gifts for friends and family, but most are for me. Acquiring books, packages delivered -- makes my heart flutter just thinking about it. I sent four boxes of books off to the library sale this weekend so I'm still "discarding" -- the proper term in my case because along with the catalog of my books online I also have a card file which contains an index card for each of my books.

ahef1963, I hope you enjoy A Gesture Life. And I want you to know I'm keeping you in my thoughts as you work through your medical issues -- bless you. dear friend.

Edited: Nov 25, 2019, 8:16pm

Books that arrived today:

The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane by Kate DiCamillo, illustrations by Bagram Ibatoulline
Say Nothing by Patrick Radden Keefe
Disappearing Earth by Julia Phillips
Remembering Denny by Calvin Trillin (replacement copy)
The Friendly Persuasion by Jessamyn West (replacement copy)

Nov 26, 2019, 1:12am

>23 ahef1963: through >25 mollygrace:

Agree that getting books delivered is delicious! I love giving them to family because first they come to me. heh heh

>23 ahef1963:, I hope "Gesture" makes you feel better -- sorry to learn of your health challenge.
>25 mollygrace:, I hope you have a special cozy corner to curl up in and enjoy your acquisitions.

Sharing your passions, I, too, have received lovely treasures that I lust to read. Wish I had compound eyes and could read many books at once. Here are some of my latest buys.

The Wheel of Fortune by Susan Howatch. Good old-fashioned character-driven family saga. Have been reading vit voraciously and all I can say is, "Wow!"
Little Gods by Meng Jin, my LT ER novel of identity, immigration story, and theme of efforts to impose order on a chaotic world. A little modern physics, a serving of Chinese culture, lots of unrest, political, personal, familial. Debut novel that is intelligent and important contribution to my literature by Chinese authors collection.
The Gardener of Baghdad by Ahmad Ardalan Once you read the description, you'll understand why I had to have it.
The Lost World of the Old Ones by David Roberts I've had a life-long interest in the petroglyphs of the SW, cliff dwellings, and disappeared Anasazi civilizations, as well as theories about the artists behind the cave drawing in France.
No Bone Unturned by Jeff Benedict A forensic paleoanthropologist reveals what bones tell him about the ancients, about criminals' victims, and about victims of calamitous disasters.

Nov 26, 2019, 2:57am

Because I've been doing so well reading books as soon as I purchase them I decided to keep riding on that momentum by purchasing three new books.

Yasunari Kawabata : Dandelions
Yuko Tsushima : Child of Fortune
Hiroko Oyamada : The Factory

Dec 1, 2019, 5:30pm

A Beginner's Guide to Free Fall by Andy Abramowitz

Dec 2, 2019, 2:47pm

From Chirp (audio) Books:

Snow Hunters by Paul Moon
The Portrait of a Lady by Henry James
Red Birds by Mohammed Hanif
The Weight of Ink by Rachel Kadish
In the Distance by Hernan Diaz
Mr. Flood's Last Resort by Jess Kidd

Think I'll listen to the last one first. I hear it's a wild and crazy romp.

Edited: Dec 16, 2019, 2:21am

Books bought for people for Christmas:
The Art of Fielding by Chad Harbach for my first ex-husband, with whom I remain good friends, and who is a baseball fanatic. (My second ex is a selfish slimeball.)
The Sibley Field Guide to Birds of Eastern North America by David Allen Sibley, bought for my brother, who broadly hinted that he was lacking this volume.
How to Speak Chicken by Melissa Caughey for my 12-year old nephew who has 14 pet chickens and has actually been trying to learn to speak chicken. There is a book for everything, if you look hard enough.

For me:
Kitchen by Banana Yoshimoto

Dec 16, 2019, 3:01pm

Dec 16, 2019, 6:42pm

Christmas presents from a dear friend:

D-Day Girls by Sarah Rose
Eliza Hamilton by Tilar J. Mazzeo
No Wind of Blame by Georgette Heyer

Edited: Dec 16, 2019, 10:59pm

Secret Santa Thing gift books. Couldn't wait! Have already started the first listed below.

Two Years in the Forbidden City by Princess Der Ling (nonfiction)
Frontier by Can Xue (fiction)

Dec 17, 2019, 1:42am

I thought that My Cousin Rachel was the only bought-for-myself book remaining undelivered. However, I had forgotten that I'd ordered Kristina Ohlsson's latest: Hostage. She's a Swedish crime novelist and extremely good. Still waiting for the duMaurier.

Edited: Dec 17, 2019, 1:30pm

Well, this is embarrassing. This morning brought the heady sound of a package being placed between my screen and front doors - apparently I ordered books last week and entirely forgot about them. This is the consequence of working 6:00 pm - 4:30 a.m; it scrambles your brain.

I don't know who recommended A Gesture Life, but I now own a copy of it. I'd always assumed that the author was female, as for some reason the name Chang-rae sounded feminine to me, but I was wrong. I also own now the second and third novels of the Regeneration series: The Eye in the Door and The Ghost Road. Regeneration was such a good book; I'm looking forward to the sequels.

Dec 17, 2019, 1:41pm

>37 ahef1963:

I liked "Gesture Life" so much, I've read it twice. And i never re-read novels! Hope you enjoy.

Dec 20, 2019, 4:12pm

Received a review copy of The Bard's Blade by Brian D. Anderson.

Dec 21, 2019, 10:42am

Last week my sister sent me a belated birthday gift from my Amazon wish list, Reining in Murder by Leigh Hearon.

Dec 23, 2019, 3:06pm

The last books I ordered have trickled in, and now I swear I'm not going to buy any more books for at least a year.

Two Years in the Forbidden City by Princess Der Ling
Birdsong by Sebastian Faulks
The Master and Margarita by Mikhail Bulgakov - which I tried to read about 15 years ago, and which I gave up in disgust, as I had no idea what was going on. I'm going to try again.

Dec 24, 2019, 1:51am

>41 ahef1963:

All great selections. I own them all, too. While I'm actively reading the first in your list, I haven't read the others. Maybe you could let me know when you start on them? Maybe I could try to read along with you at the same time? However, the sad truth is that I doubt I could keep up since real life interrupts me so frequently.

Dec 24, 2019, 7:22pm

>42 Limelite: I couldn't remember who was talking about the Forbidden City book; obviously it was you! Are you still enjoying it? Will send a message to your inbox regarding the fabulous idea of a readalong.

Apparently there was another book to trickle in: My Cousin Rachel by Daphne du Maurier, whom I adore. I'm going to finish my current book and then dive right into the du Maurier - can't wait!

Dec 31, 2019, 12:47pm

I got 2 books for Christmas, a vintage edition of Pippa Passes by Robert Browning, and The Book of Gutsy Women by Hillary Rodham Clinton and Chelsea Clinton.

I also purchased Doomsday Clock #12 by Geoff Johns, and Please Look After Mom by Kyung-sook Shin for my book club.

Jan 1, 2020, 4:11pm

New thread for the new year: