Friday, August 31, 2007
...but only when it comes to updating this blog...
Here's what I've read since the latest entry (chronologically):
A Hedonist In The Cellar - Jay McInerney
The Island Of Lost Maps - Miles Harvey
Birth: A History - Tina Cassidy
Hotel California - Barney Hoskyns
Haight-Ashbury: A History - Charles Perry
Borges e os Orangutangos - Erico Veríssimo
Bartleby & Co - Enrique Vila-Matas
The Paper House - Carlos Maria Domínguez
The Romanovs And Mr Gibbs - Frances Welch
The Dead Beat and the perverse pleasures of obituaries - Marilyn Johnson
A Gente Se Acostuma A Tudo - João Ubaldo Ribeiro
With Borges - Alberto Manguel
Pilgrim - Timothy Findley
Old School - Tobias Wolf
A Mother's World: Journeys of the heart - Ed. M. Bond & P. Michael
Great Dream of Heaven - Sam Shepard
New Yorkers - Cathleen Schine
It's A Dog's World: True stories of travel with man's best driend - Ed. C. Hunsicker & M.Goodavage
The Blue Jay's Dance - Louise Erdrich
Magic Bus: On the hippie trail from Istambul to India - Rory MacLean
Tales From The Cash Register
Eating The Cheshire Cat - Helen Ellis
Biodegradable Soap - Amy Ephrom
Bee Season - Myla Golberg
Life Studies - Susan Vreeland
Love Is A Mix Tape - Rob Sheffield
The Summer He Dindn't Die - Jim Harrison
One Sunday Morning - Amy Ephrom
To See Every Bird On Earth - Dan Koepppel
The Cat Who Came In From The Cold
Out Of Your Townie Mind - Richard Craze
The Last Kabbalist Of Lisbon - Richard Zimmerman
Child Free And Loving It! - Nicki Defago
Families Of Two: Interviews with happily married couples without children by choice - Laura Carroll
My favorite reads are highlighted
For southern humour choose "Eating The Cheshire Cat"
For New York sophistication and romance, "New Yorkers"
"Old School" is the perfect, boarding school themed, fall book
I'm still reeling from "Pilgrim" - amazingly complex, learned, imaginative, surreal, athmospheric, hypnotic, detailed. This one is the gem of the list...
"Birth" and "Families" are pretty specific but I think most people can enjoy them: the first is a keeper for the honest (and therefore, sometimes gory) history of what women have endured (there's just no other way to put it) over milenia in both pregnancy and labor."Families" should be required reading for anyone thinking of starting a family - in fact, they both should.
"Life Studies" is a collection of short stories that are art-themed, but where the protagonists are always on the fringe of the production itself: a painter's mistress, widow or daughter, a woman who chooses to model naked for an art class, etc. Divided into eras starting with mostly impressionistic artists I was partial to last stories in the book, set in contemporary times.
I have been wanting to read Harrison for a while and "The Summer..." was lot better than I imagined.