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Books Brought Home November/December 2019

What Are You Reading Now?

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Nov 1, 7:34pm Top

Holly Bank Full of Angst by Julie Valerie

Nov 1, 8:15pm Top

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, 8:39am Top

Ethics for the New Millennium by Dalai Lama XIV

Just started this book. It's fascinating.

Nov 3, 9:22pm Top

The Devil's Teardrop by Jeffery Deaver

Nov 4, 2:27pm Top

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

Nov 5, 9:07am Top

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

Nov 5, 9:39am Top

Nov 5, 4:06pm Top

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, 9:06am Top

>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, 12:48pm Top

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, 8:41am Top

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

Nov 12, 3:38pm Top

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

Nov 13, 10:43pm Top

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, 9:21am Top

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

Nov 14, 3:15pm Top

>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, 5:53am Top

>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, 6:15pm Top

Nov 17, 8:19pm Top

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

Edited: Nov 20, 7:07am Top

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, 4:12pm Top

>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, 6:43pm Top

>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, 8:16pm Top

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, 1:12am Top

>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, 2:57am Top

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, 5:30pm Top

A Beginner's Guide to Free Fall by Andy Abramowitz

Dec 2, 2:47pm Top

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.

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