Now that I've had a strict review policy in place for over six months, the number of books arriving by mail has trickled down to nothing, so there will probably be weeks that I don't have a "new arrival" entry. But, last week two events conspired to add to my pile. First, I took some books to our local Little Free Library (the only one I know of in our area, which is in front of a public building) and just happened to find a Booker Prize-winning novel. So, I grabbed it. Then, I went to Oxford to work on cleaning out youngest son's apartment (and get out of the house for a day). So, naturally, I had to drop in at Off-Square Books. I did not escape with my pocketbook intact.
New arrivals, top to bottom:
- Last Orders by Graham Swift (from our local Little Free Library)
- The Puttermesser Papers by Cynthia Ozick,
- The Encantadas and Other Stories by Herman Melville,
- Julia's Cats by Barey and Burson,
- Salvage the Bones by Jesmyn Ward - all from Off-Square Books
Posts since last week's malarkey:
- DNF - Child Witch Kinshasa by Mike Ormsby (Write-up on a book I didn't finish). Interesting side note: I've occasionally looked at Child Witch Kinshasa this week and thought, "Hmm, maybe I should continue." The bookmark is still in the book. I'm surprised at myself. Usually, once I stop reading a book and relegate it to DNF status, it goes straight out the door or into a bag of books to get rid of. Not this time.
- Fiona Friday on the Wrong Day: Still loving what's left of her box (cat photo)
One of the reasons there were few posts:
Thunder, lightning, hail, blah, blah. This has been the wettest spring and summer I can recall in recent history. Last week's storms were heavy on lightning and I always unplug when there's lightning to avoid a ruined computer on the off chance of lightning strike. I don't bother carrying the laptop away from the window or writing on battery power. I just shut it down, unplug, and walk away. I like an excuse to disconnect.
Books finished last week:
- When the Emperor Was Divine by Julie Otsuka - When I stopped reading Child Witch Kinshasa, I was in the mood for something short, literary, thought-provoking. When the Emperor Was Divine has a sad tone and that probably wasn't something I needed during a stormy week but it did fit the other parameters I'd set for my next read and I'm glad I read it.
- Julia's Cats: Julia Child's Life in the Company of Cats by Patricia Barey and Therese Burson - A fun read for cat lovers that sets Child's love of cats within the context of her cooking life. The only thing I disliked about Julia's Cats was the incompleteness of each cat's story. Julia child moved from one home to another, often leaving a cat behind for someone else to watch, sometimes rehoming a cat. You never get a complete picture of each animal's life because of that. And, since most of them were given the same or similar names (Minou, Minette), after a time they become a little difficult to distinguish.
- Dear Mrs. Roosevelt: Letters from Children of the Great Depression, ed. by Robert Cohen
- Brutal Youth by Anthony Breznican - a reread. I meant to do a Q & A with the author after the first reading, but didn't mark up the book because I read a library copy. This time, I'm reading the recently-released paperback so I can fill it with flags to my heart's delight and I won't have to hurry to remove them and send the book back anywhere. Nice. Also, the book has haunted me so I'm glad to have an excuse to reread it.
In other news:
I've pinched a finger, stubbed a toe and gotten stung by fire ants, today. Lessons learned:
- Turn on the light before placing something inside a full drawer.
- If the cat moves her (wooden, carpet-covered) scratching pad into the middle of the room, move it back where it belongs because wooden things hurt.
- Don't weed the garden in flip-flops.
What's up with you?
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