Books Brought Home November/December 2019
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>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.
>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
Just finished The Names, my first Don DeLillo experience. Went right out to find a copy of White Noise.
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
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!
>21 mollygrace: >22 Limelite: I have placed A Gesture Life on my Amazon wishlist.
I have been acquiring. I shouldn't, but is there any joy greater than getting books delivered?
The First Signs by Genevieve Von Petzinger
Breath, Eyes, Memory by Edwidge Danticat
The Autobiography of Alice B. Toklas by Gertrude Stein
The Elected Member by Bernice Rubens
The Devil's Wedding Ring by Vidar Sundstol
Leona: The Die is Cast by Jenny Rogneby
Storytellers by Bjorn Larssen
>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.
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)
>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.
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