Pre-Thanksgiving Book Porn

November 18, 2011 § 1 Comment

Just highlighting the past two weeks of purchases, used copy trade-ins, review copies, and subscriptions that I’ve received.  In the first picture, you can see two Francisco Goldman books (Say Her Name I bought after the heartfelt article he wrote online a few years ago about his late wife Aura and her love of Roberto Bolaño’s writing), a book by Pope John Paul II, one of Doris Lessing’s more famous works, The Grass is Singing, and then French-language editions of works by Collette, Chrétien de Troyes, Simone de Beauvoir, and Raymond Radiguet.

Four more used book purchases:  The Easton Press edition of Mark Twain’s A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur’s Court, and three Library of America editions of an anthology of American poetry, some of Philip Roth’s 1980s and early 1990s fiction, an anthology of writers writing about Mark Twain, and some of Twain’s travel writings.  In addition, there are three PM Press review copies that I’ve received of works by Cory Doctorow, Nick Mamatas, and an anthology of original fiction.

All of these are French and Spanish-language fictions that I bought earlier today at McKay’s.

Pictured here are the newest issues of Conjunctions, Glimmer Train Stories, and Agni, as well as three books I bought on Tuesday (Aimee Bender’s Willful Creatures, Carlo Collodi’s Pinocchio, and a translation of the 14th century Persian Sufi Poet Hafiz.  Then there are four more used Spanish and French-language works bought at McKay’s earlier today.

Which of these works intrigue you the most or that you wish you owned in this form or another?

§ One Response to Pre-Thanksgiving Book Porn

  • Hélène says:

    I think some of Ernaux's books are especially interesting when you're a teacher (La place, Les armoires vides, Les années). She describes how she reached the highest academic grades when her parents were "only" cafe owners, how she had to struggle, how she felt ashamed of her parents – when they supported her. Her ambivalence was very instructive for me.I hope you'll enjoy the XVIIIth century writers : in my opinion, this is French language at its best!

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