After re-arranging my studio, and putting the overflow stock neatly on shelves, I discovered that I have room for about 15 more books. Does this mean that I will stop buying them? Not a chance. They will probably be stacked waist-high on the floor within a year, but I promise to attempt restraint. (If it wasn’t for the library and generous family and friends, it would be much worse.) Thankfully, I receive a few book catalogs a month. I enjoy fantasy shopping in them, much as I did with toy flyers when I was a child. If something looks really compelling, I pull out my trusty reading journal and jot down the title and author on my “To Read” list. New books are added quicker than I can cross off old ones, but that is part of the joy of keeping such a record.
The Daedalus Books New Arrivals Midsummer 2012 catalog has so many interesting offerings that I have decided to split my greedy, greedy pickings in two. Here’s Part 1. Enjoy!
- The Great Life Photographers by The Editors of Life (photography)
- Hemingway Cutthroat by Michael Atkinson (mystery)
- Schools of Tomorrow by John & Evelyn Dewey (education/society)
- How to Mellify a Corpse: And Other Human Stories of Ancient Science and Superstition by Vicki Leon (history)
- Selected Letters of Martha Gellhorn by Martha Gellhorn (history)
- Kafka’s Soup: A Complete History of World Literature in 14 Recipes by Mark Crick (literature)
- A Blue Hand: The Beats in India by Deborah Baker (literature)
- Rules of Civility: A Novel by Amor Towles (fiction)
- A World Without Bees by Allison Benjamin & Brian McCallum (nature/science)
- She Always Knew How Mae West, A Personal Biography by Charlotte Chandler (performing arts/biography)
- The Art of Small Things by John Mack (visual arts)