Last week was a busy book week, making for a long Mailbox Monday post.
Two came in the mail: The Ice Chorus by Sarah Stonich (a novel set in Ireland that sounds really, really good -- I am excited about this one) A Century of November by W. D. Wetherell (they are making this into a movie and I want to read it before I see it) Also, I celebrated the spirit of Independence Day (and Friday off work) with a shopping spree at a couple of Portland's independent book stores, Second Glance Books (also on facebook, here) and Broadway Books. I went in to use the gift certificates I won by participating in Reading Local's monthly contest, but ended up spending more than my contest winnings -- that's the whole point, right? From Broadway Books, I got: Through the Children's Gate: A Home in New York by Adam Gopnik (I loved his Paris to the Moon book) Alice Waters and Chez Panisse: The Romantic, Impractical, Often Eccentric, Ultimately Brilliant Making of a Food Revolution by Thomas McNamee The Polysyllabic Spree by Nick Hornby (which I have wanted to read since enjoying High Fidelity so much) 60 Hikes within 60 Miles: Including the Coast, Mount Hood, St. Helens, and the Santiam River by Paul Gerald And my favorite: Super Sunday in Newport: Notes From My First Year in Town by Matt Love. At Second Glance Books, I found many books on my Must Read lists and became instant best book buddies with Rachelle, the friendliest book seller in town: The Horse's Mouth by Joyce Cary (on Anthony Burgess's list of favorites) Small Island by Andrea Levy (winner of the Orange Prize and the Costa Book of the Year award) Thinks . . . by David Lodge Home Truths by David Lodge A Cup of Light by Nicole Mones (because I really liked Lost in Translation) The Bookshop by Penelope Fitzgerald Heat and Dust by Ruth Prawer Jhabvala (Booker Prize winner and on Erica Jong's list) Jump-Off Creek by Molly Gloss (on my Oregon Books list) Boss Dog: A Story of Provence by M.F.K. Fisher At Swim-Two-Birds by Flann O'Brien (on Burgess's list and the All-TIME Top 100 list) Middleman and Other Stories by Bharati Mukherjee (National Book Critics Circle award winner) The Fortress of Solitude by Jonathan Lethem (because I loved his National Book Critics Circle award winner, Motherless Brooklyn)