It’s that time of year again!
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? Eugene O’Neill: Beyond Mourning and Tragedy.
- TITLE: EUGENE O’NEILL: BEYOND MOURNING AND TRAGEDY
- AUTHOR: STEPHEN A. BLACK
- YEAR PUBLISHED: 1999
- YALE UNIVERSITY PRESS
WHY I BOUGHT IT:
I collect books about dead writers. And Eugene O’Neill was, well, Eugene O’Neill. ‘Nuff said.
Thanks for reading! I hope you like the new series. Let me know your thoughts in the comments.
I enjoyed this book so much that I bought a copy.
Today is the start of a new season (hello, spring!), which I think is the perfect time to share a new reading list! Let’s jump right in!
- City of Fortune: How Venice Ruled the Seas by Roger Crowley ($6.98) #70307
- Centuries of Change: Which Century Saw the Most Change and Why it Matters to Us by Ian Mortimer ($7.98) #64307
- Underworld London: Crime and Punishment in the Capital City by Catharine Arnold ($4.98) #70519
- The Last September by Elizabeth Bowen ($4.98) #70327
- On London by Charles Dickens ($3.98) #53757
- West’s World: The Extraordinary Life of Dame Rebecca West by Lorna Gibb ($4.98) #53607
- Beethoven: The Man Revealed by John Suchet ($6.98) #61107
- The Stardust Revolution: The New Story of Our Origin in the Stars by Jacob Berkowitz ($6.98) #62330
- The Great War in 3D: 1914-1918–A Book Plus a Stereoscopic Viewer and 35 3D Photos of Men In Battle by Jean-Pierre Verney ($7.98) #70594
- By the Book: Writers on Literature and the Literary Life from The New York Times Book Review Edited by Pamela Paul ($6.98) #70043
- The Fool’s Tale by Nicole Galland ($4.98) #70176
- Why Homer Matters by Adam Nicolson ($6.98) #70041
- The 40s: The Story of a Decade (The New Yorker) Edited by Henry Finder ($6.98) #70288
- Recollections of Virginia Woolf by Her Contemporaries Edited by Joan Russell Noble ($4.98) #63001
- Eighty Days: Nellie Bly and Elizabeth Bisland’s History-Making Race Around the World by Matthew Goodman ($4.98) #70315
- A Midwife’s Tale: The Life of Martha Ballard, Based on Her Diary, 1785-1812 by Laurel Thatcher Ulrich ($4.98) #70336
- The Year 1000: What Life was Like at the Turn of the First Millennium by Robert Lacey & Danny Danziger ($5.98) #70129
- Mildred Pierce by James M. Cain ($5.98) #70337
- Just One Catch: A Biography of Joseph Heller by Tracy Daugherty ($4.98) #33185
The 100 Years Show (2015) is a charming, sweet, and inspiring documentary short about Cuban-American artist Carmen Herrera. Her work is extraordinary.
Just as intriguing?
Her life story and glacial climb to prominence in the art world. (She turned 99 during filming of the documentary.) Oh, and a work ethic that puts us all to shame.
The 100 Years Show (2015):
- Directed by: Alison Klayman
- Starring: Carmen Herrera
- Runtime: 30 minutes
- Release Date: January 2017
The film is currently streaming on Netflix (USA).
I read 82 books in 2016, but fell 28 short of my (rather ambitious) goal of 110. My year was way too busy to read as much as I would have liked. I finished the majority of the books during the first half of the year, as life obligations slowed my pace after summer. On the bright side, 2017 will get off to a good start reading-wise, as I am close to finishing half a dozen books.
Here’s a list of every book that I finished in 2016, with some very loose ratings.
*=Read as research for my novella
**=This designation means that I liked the book in spite of myself, but as such find it too hard to assign a fair grade
1=You are my enemy
2=We’ll stay acquaintances, thanks
3=I like you, but I don’t like you like you
4=You are my friend, but not my best friend
5=You are my love match, but don’t expect fidelity Continue reading
What is on your reading list, as the days become darker and shorter? Do your habits change as the weather turns cold?
I’ve been much too busy by half to read as many books as usual. At this rate, I won’t make my 2016 goal of finishing 110 books.
Since 1st November, I’ve finished:
- The Only Street in Paris: Life on the Rue des Martyrs by Elaine Sciolino
- Making Tootsie: A Film Study with Dustin Hoffman and Sydney Pollock by Susan Dworkin
- Caravaggio: Painter of Miracles by Francine Prose
I’m currently reading:
- Film Noir FAQ: All That’s Left to Know about Hollywood’s Golden Age of Dames, Detectives, and Danger by David J. Hogan
To be read by 30th November:
- Hooray for Captain Spaulding: Verbal & Visual Gems From “Animal Crackers” by Richard J. Anobile
Which book on your list do you most look forward to reading, and why?
Please share with me in the comments!
I am on something of a reading tear this month, and being on vacation this week means that I’m able to tie up some bookish odds and ends.
Since 1st September, I’ve finished:
- The Pre-Raphaelites by Robert de la Sizeranne
- A Place in the Country by W.G. Sebald
- City of Style: Exploring Los Angeles Fashion from Bohemian to Rock by Melissa Magsaysay
- Super Black: American Pop Culture and Black Superheroes by Adilifu Nama
I’m currently reading:
- The Fellowship: The Literary Lives of the Inklings: J.R.R. Tolkien, C.S. Lewis, Owen Barfield, Charles Williams by Philip Zaleski and Carol Zaleski
To be read by 30th September:
- Heretics and Heroes: How Renaissance Artists and Reformation Priests Created Our World by Thomas Cahill
- Kahlo by Gerry Souter
- Your Movie Sucks by Roger Ebert
- The Big Book of Bill Murray: A Critical Appreciation of the World’s Finest Actor by Robert Schnakenberg
- My Paris Dream by Kate Betts
- Nom de Plume: A (Secret) History of Pseudonyms by Carmela Ciuraru
Which book on your list do you most look forward to finishing?
Please share with me in the comments.
If I’m not reading, I’m adding books to my to-be-read list. That list is monstrously long–maybe not a mile, but getting there!
Here are some of my newest additions, courtesy of the Spring Preview 2016 Catalog from Daedalus Books.
- Beautiful Shadow: A Life of Patricia Highsmith by Andrew Wilson (#60392). $4.98.
- The Bohemians: Mark Twain and the San Francisco Writers Who Reinvented American Literature by Ben Tarnoff (#60993). $5.98.
- The Calvin Handbook Edited by Herman J. Selderhuis (#60437). $6.98.
- Zaida Ben-Yusuf: New York Portrait Photographer Contributions by Frank H. Goodyear, Elizabeth O. Wiley & Jobyl A. Boone (#41026). $6.98.
- Charles Dickens’ Favorite Daughter: The Life, Loves, and Art of Katey Dickens Perugini by Lucinda Hawksley (#51293). $5.98.
- All the Poems by Stevie Smith (#69176). $27.95.
- The Roosevelts: An Intimate History by Geoffrey C. Ward and Ken Burns (#60819). #12.98.
- The True Benjamin Franklin: An Illuminating Look Into the Life of One of Our Greatest Founding Fathers by Sydney George Fisher (#54011). $4.98.
- The Poetry of William Carlos Williams of Rutherford by Wendell Berry (#53435). $3.98.
- Etta and Otto and Russell and James by Emma Hooper (#54592). $4.98.
- Queen Anne: The Politics of Passion by Anne Somerset (#54294). $6.98.
- The Dragon Throne: China’s Emperors from the Qin to the Manchu by Jonathan Fenby (#61060). $5.98.
- The 1900s: Britain in Pictures Edited by Paul Richardson (#54183). $5.98.
- The 1910s: Britain in Pictures Edited by Paul Richardson (#54184). $5.98.