Monday, November 15, 2010

Mailbox Monday

Knitting and Sundries is hosting Mailbox Monday in November. Thanks Julie!

My mailbox overfloweth last week. Actually, only the first three came in the mail. But I did a little library book shop hopping when I was out in the suburbs and found several books I'd had an eye out for or at least caught my eye.

Lord of Misrule by Jaimy Gordon (a National Book Award finalist)

The Hanging Tree: A Starvation Lake Mystery by Bryan Gruley (from the Internet Review of Books, for review)

Squirrel Seeks Chipmunk: A Modest Bestiary by David Sedaris (my first order from Book Depository)

Walk There! 50 Treks In and Around Portland and Vancouver by Laura O. Foster (a tiny book with a big picture)

Ghosts of Everest: The Search for Mallory & Irvine by Jochen Hemmleb (for Hubby, because they may have to eat the sled dogs -- his high water mark for literature)

The Last Chronicle of Barset by Anthony Trollope (I'm going to tackle the series, but first I have to figure out which ones I own)

Paradise Postponed by John Mortimer (it caught my fancy)

The Red Scream by Mary Willis Walker (Edgar winner)

Brazil by John Updike (because I am working on reading all of his books)

The Painted Bird by Jerzy Kosinski (on the All-TIME 100 Top Novels list)

Marrying the Mistress by Joanna Trollope (I know nothing about this author, but this is the second of her books that I've bought in the last month. Why? I don't know why they have been appealing to me.)

And because I have been on a big mystery kick, I got a stack of pocket paperback mysteries:

Knockdown by Dick Francis (I am tearing through his books these days)

The James Joyce Murder by Amanda Cross (seemed appropriate after my Finnegans Wake diatribe the other day)

Some Buried Ceasar by Rex Stout (I just started the Nero Wolf series)

The Chatham School Affair by Thomas H. Cook (another Edgar winner)

A Venetian Reckoning and Acqua Alta by Donna Leon (because I read the first book in this series, Death at La Fenice years ago and always meant to read the rest)


  1. You got the new David Sedaris - so jealous! Can't wait to hear what you think!

  2. That's a lot of new books in the house. I loved The Painted Bird. I have a copy of Brazil from a swap but I've only read one of Updike's novels so far (Seek My Face)and wasn't impressed. Though I love his essays and literary criticism, I own three volumes of it. I look forward to what you think of Brazil. I will have to look up any Updike reviews you've written for clues about what to try next.
    *Thought you'd like to know that the Impac Dublin Awards Longlist for 2011 was announced today. I've read 18 of them and have that many again on reserve at my library so I'm off to a good start for this year. The complete list is here:

  3. Great mailbox for you this week! I've seen the new Sedaris book around quite a bit. I can't wait to hear what you think of it.

  4. All of these titles are new to be, but I looksed a few up and they sound great --enjoy

  5. Booksnyc: The Sedaris is much different than his other books. Fiction about animals. But it has illustrations and it was too adorable to pass up.

    Sandra: Thanks for visiting. it is nice to hear from you!

    Updike is a favorite of mine, especially the Rabbit books. But he has written so many books, that it would be hard to judge by just one -- maybe Seek My Face was his clunker. :)

    Thanks for the link to the Impac Dublin longlist. I'll go explore. You are a reading machine if you have already read 18 of them!

  6. Beth & Diane: You two snuck in while I was typing my earlier comment.

    Beth: I am saving the Sedaris for an afternoon in front of the Christmas tree with a big mug of something warm and alcoholic.

    Diane: I was definitely on a spree. It was easy to do since I stopped at one of my favorite library stores where they sell every book for 50 cents.

  7. So many good books-- enjoy them!

    I have a question for you. Would you please email me at KittlingBooks(at)gmail(dot)com? Thanks!

  8. There were a lot of good books looking for a good home last week! I just read a great review of The Hanging Tree. Enjoy!

  9. Squirrel Seeks Chipmunk! That one is on my list!

  10. What a great assortment of books! Enjoy your reading.

  11. Great bunch of books! I put my name on the library waiting list for Squirrel Seeks Chipmunk. I'm eager to read it.
    susan from ReadingWorld.

  12. Cathy: Thanks! I sent you an email.

    bermudaonion: Hanging Tree looks very good. I want to get to that one ASAP.

    Baley Petersen and Susan: Sedaris makes me laugh. The anthropomorphization of animals makes me laugh. Perfect combination! I hope we all enjoy it.

    Laura: Thanks for stopping by!

  13. Oh wow, I hope they're all great reads!

  14. WHAT a GREAT list of books! I'm particularly envious of the first three: Lord of Misrule, The Hanging Tree, and Squirrel Seeks Chipmunk.

    LOVE your comment on The Ghosts of Everest (hubby doesn't read the blog, does he? LOL!)

    The Painted Bird is very good; but you'll have to pay attention :)

    and all of those juicy mysteries! You brought a lot of reading fun into the house this week! Enjoy them all!

    Julie @ Knitting and Sundries

  15. I'm glad those didn't all come in the mail. Your postal worker may have disowned you. LOL! I had two in my mailbox.

  16. I'm planning to read Lord of Misrule this week. I hope we both like it!

  17. I've heard The Painted Bird is good. Enjoy all your new books!

  18. Dick Francis. :-) I started loving his books when I was 14 and he still makes me happy.


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