Books Brought Home January/February 2020
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Me by Elton John
Lonesome Dove by Larry McMurtry
Desert Solitaire: A Season in the Wilderness by Edward Abbey
Touchstones don't seem to be working today.
>2 ahef1963: Lucky you -- Lonesome Dove! To my mind it is the Great Amerian Novel. Have you read it and got yourself a nice edition, or are you a "Dove" virgin?
Started Family Fang wanting something diverting to start the new year. Looks like I picked a vicious satire that pokes fun at performance art or happenings. A family of four characters, each abundantly endowed with quirks are going to start 2020 with a good laugh.
Hal, a single woman is living and struggling on her own as a tarot card reader when she gets a letter informing her of a relative that has died and she is to inherit part of the estate. However, she believes that she is not related to that person but still decides to go to the will reading hoping to get some of the inheritance to help her survive. As she arrives and meets the family she has second thoughts but still plans to go through with it. However, there is someone in the family who has a secret to maintain and Hal may be in the way. I flew through this book because I couldn’t wait to see how this ended!
If Nobody Speaks of Remarkable Things by Jon McGregor new author, British
Green Darkness by Anya Seton modern classic
The Names of the Dead by Kevin Wignall espionage thriller
The Shape of Ancient Thought by Thomas McEvilley philosophy
Dessa Rose: A Novel by Sherley A. Williams African-American historical fiction (slave narrative)
Give Me a Fast Ship: The Continental Navy and America's Revolution at Sea by Tim McGrath maritime history
2019 purchases still trickling in slowly: Buried in the Sky: The Extraordinary Story of the Sherpa Climbers on K2's Deadliest Day arrived yesterday.
January 7 and I haven't purchased any books yet this year! Only 359 days to go!
I purchased They Called Us Enemy by George Takei last year while on vacation, but it didn't get home until I did on Saturday, so
This graphic novel by George Takei of Star Trek fame describes his experience as a Japanese American in US WWII internment camps. A very good book. Got to meet George also - he was on our holiday cruise and gave a couple of lectures and a Q&A session (and signed his books at three book-signing sessions). He and Brad are very gracious.
My NYRB monthly selection arrived - it is: The Simple Past by Driss Chraibi.
I read Lonesome Dove last year for the first time ever and I immediately wanted to start again from page one when I finished. It was the perfect book. I also immediately bought the other books in that world. If you purchased the 20th anniversary edition however, I highly recommend not reading the short introductory from the author. Have fun reading!
Always gratifying to hear how other LT-ers have been affected by McMurtry's novel. I, too, have all the books in the series, but only one of them (IMO) comes close to "Dove." I don't want to give more details because it's been a long time since I read them all and I don't want to prejudice anyone who hasn't yet.
"Dove" is a novel that I built a course around at university (I'm retired now), setting the students up for it by introducing them to the Western genre with short stories, a play, and -- yes -- an opera before letting them take to the cattle drive with Gus and Call. Students may have been skeptical at first about the literary worth of cowboy stories, but when the course ended, they usually expressed to me that they wanted to read all the books in McMurtry's series.
The book shipped at 2.5 lbs.!
10 Minutes 38 Seconds in This Strange World
The Stranger Diaries
An Unfinished Murder
Sins of the Dead
An Orchestra of Minorities
Girl, Woman, Other
Lao She : Mr Ma & Son
Ryu Murakami : In the Miso Soup
Charles Maturin : Melmoth the Wanderer
I really have no excuse. Not only do I already have a reading pile at home, but I also stated that this year would be a year I refrain from reading in English too much! And yet, not only did I buy these three English-language books, but one is also a Murakami book that I absolutely should be reading in Japanese instead! Dang it me!
"Mr Ma" sounds like a book I'd really enjoy. And I love the "Miso Soup" title. A murder mystery, or a troubled family?
In hand but not yet started:
*Elinor Oliphant Is Completely Fine, from the library, for my F2F group read.
*Buzz: A Stimulating History of the Sex Toy, Hallie Lieberman, 1 of 3 purchased with my Christmas gift card.
*Shirley Jackson: A Rather Haunted Life, Ruth Franklin, 2 of 3 on the gift card
*James Tiptree, Jr.: The Double Life of Alice B. Sheldon, Julie Phillips, 3 of 3
*The Hot Flash Club Strikes Again, Nancy Thayer (PBS swap)
*All in a Lifetime, autobiography of Dr. Ruth Westheimer. (PBS swap)
Acquired & read since January 1:
*Mending Lace, Sheila Forsey, Ebook, early review
*You're on an Airplane, Parker Posey, borrowed from the library, DNF
I see the road to book-acquisition abstinence is cluttered by those of us who have already fallen off the wagon....
Neither. More of a suspense thriller and Murakami's thrillers are intense. When I read his Audition two years ago I couldn't stop wanting to turn the page that I even read at work and every once in a while would look up and wonder where I was. Not so good for work, great in terms of the book.
New books, ranked by guilt level:
Books about which I feel some guilt because I ordered them last year but probably shouldn't have been ordering so many books last year:
Coming of Age in Samoa by Margaret Mead
101 Reykjavik by Hallgrimur Helgason
The Feast of the Goat by Mario Vargas Llosa
The Stars My Destination by Alfred Bester
Books about which I feel some guilt, but which I've rationalized:
Unseen Academicals by Terry Pratchett - It's a Pratchett which I don't own and haven't read, so an entirely prudent purchase.
Five Plays by Chekhov by Anton Chekhov - because it's mind-expanding to read the classics.
Little Women by Louisa May Alcott - because one of my daughters has nicked my copy.
And then there's the wonderful books, no guilt, absolutely necessities:
Lonely Planet Spain and Lonely Planet Morocco because I'm taking myself to two countries I've always dreamed of at the end of May.
Eventide by Kent Haruff novel, book 2 of Plainsong series
Whiskey When We're Dry by John Larison novel, feminist Western reminiscent of True Grit by Charles Portis
The Indigo Girl by Natasha Boyd novel, based on actual history of founding of indigo mfr. in 18th C. America
The Riddle of the Labyrinth by Margalit Fox nonfiction, solving ancient Greek undeciphered language
The Sun Down Motel by Simone St. James and
The Girl with the Louding Voice by Abi Dare
You will not be disappointed. Don't worry, Gilbert crested an excellent charsacter to foil the "solemn pomposity." I found the hero uniquely interesting due to his peculiar disability, but he sometimes seemed almost a spectral personnage compared to some in the horde of eligible suspects.
The Dolphin Letters, 1970-1979 -- correspondence between Elizabeth Hardwick, Robert Lowell and friends
Spider Woman's Daughter by Anne Hillerman
Apeirogon by Colum McCann
The Bluest Eye by Toni Morrison
Weather by Jenny Offill
Machine Dreams by Jayne Anne Phillips (replacement copy)
Quiet Dell by Jayne Anne Phillips
Astrophysics for People in a Hurry by Neil deGrasse Tyson
Daisy Jones and the Six by Taylor Jenkins Reid
The Poison Garden by Alex Marwood
The Clergyman's Wife by Molly Greeley
The Alice Network by Kate Quinn
The Three-Body Problem by Cixin Liu
The Body: A Guide for Occupants by Bill Bryson
and I borrowed a book on the behaviour of birds from my brother (I'd given to him for Christmas and he loved it): The Thing With Feathers by Noah Strycker.
Moon Palace by Paul Auster
Americanah by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
My Sister, the Serial Killer by Oyinkan Braithwaite
Colorless Tsukuru Tazaki and His Years of Pilgrimage by Haruki Murakami
And ordered my book club book from Amazon:
The Power by Naomi Alderman
Charisma and Disenchantment: The Vocation Lectures by Max Weber
Marrow and Bone by Walter Kempowksi