My book consumption slowed to a trickle in the weeks surrounding our move. Too much to do, too little sleep, no time to think or, after a certain point, properly process words. It was that draining. No joke.
Now that most of the volumes are back on their shelves, my reading is nearly back to its normal, healthy pace. Yay!
Here’s what I’m actively digging at the moment:
- Murder in St. Augustine: The Mysterious Death of Athalia Ponsell Lindsley by Elizabeth Randall (I’m including this book, even though I finished it last night.)
- Let Fury Have the Hour: The Punk Rock Politics of Joe Strummer Edited and with an Introduction by Antonio D’Ambrosio
- Hollywood Character Actors by James Robert Parish with Earl Anderson, Richard E. Braff, John Robert Cocchi, and Harry Purvis
- A Glorious Freedom: Older Women Leading Extraordinary Lives by Lisa Congdon
- Sex with Kings: 500 Years of Adultery, Power, Rivalry, and Revenge by Eleanor Herman
- A Little Tour in France by Henry James
What are you reading this week? Please share in the comments!
Woman Reading (Portrait of Sofia Kramskaya), after 1866, by Ivan Kramskoi:
“Do not read as children do to enjoy themselves, or, as the ambitious do to educate themselves. No, read to live.”–Gustave Flaubert
The Sunday World (April 19, 1896):
- Looking for Lorraine [THE PARIS REVIEW]
- The Most Widely Unread Book Ever Acclaimed [THE PARIS REVIEW]
- Gorgeous Photos of Scenes from ‘The Little Prince’–in LEGO [FLAVORWIRE]
- Top Ten Most Challenged Books Lists [ALA]
I couldn’t resist this copy of Evelina (circa 1970), which I snagged for six cents less than the original price.
Isn’t the illustration beautiful?
Via Random House :
A local used bookstore recently closed after 25 years. They had a fantastic going-out-of-business sale. While part of me feels “guilty” for taking advantage of their sad circumstances, the rest (and logical) part of me knows that they needed to sell as many books as possible. Through these books, a bit of their entrepreneurial and intellectual spirit will live on. With that idea in mind, I’m doing a limited-run series where I’ll spotlight each of the volumes I “adopted” from this sweet little shop. Shine on, you bookish gems!
Today’s selection? The Cambridge Guide to Women’s Writing in English by Lorna Sage.
- TITLE: THE CAMBRIDGE GUIDE TO WOMEN’S WRITING IN ENGLISH
- AUTHOR: LORNA SAGE
- PUBLISHED: 1999
- CAMBRIDGE UNIVERSITY PRESS
WHY I BOUGHT IT:
A reference book dedicated to (English-language) women writers? Sign. Me. Up. One can never own too many books by and about women writers.
Thanks for reading! I hope you’re enjoying the series. Let me know your thoughts in the comments.