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Books, 10.19.15

Books 10.19.15

Stack one:

  • The Highwayman by Kerrigan Byrne
  • You’re the Earl that I Want by Kelly Bowen
  • A Question of Freedom: A Memoir of Learning, Survival, and Coming of Age in Prison by R. Dwayne Betts
  • Geek Sublime: The Beauty of Code, the Code of Beauty by Vikram Chandra
  • The Rise of the Automated Aristocrats: A Burton & Swinburne Adventure by Mark Hodder
  • Yes, My Accent is Real: And Some Other Things I Haven’t Told You by Kunal Nayyar
  • A History of Glitter and Blood by Hannah Moskowitz
  • Hannu Rajaniemi: Collected Fiction by Hanny Rajaniemi
  • The Rival Queens: Catherine de’ Medici, Her Daughter Marguerite de Valois, and the Betrayal that Ignited a Kingdom by Nancy Goldstone
  • Thorn Jack: A Night and Nothing Novel by Katherine Harbour
  • Rebel Music, Race, Empire, and the New Muslim Youth Culture by Hisham D. Aidi
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Michel Faber

I read this article in the NY Times, and my heart was crushed: Closing a chapter of a literary life

Michel Faber says he isn’t going to publish any more novels. I can understand why he says that, after reading the article, but as a reader, I am very selfishly saddened by this news. I love his books, few and difficult and weird as they are, so very much. But maybe, since the majority of his published work is short stories, he’ll still publish? Just not novels? I can but hope.

All that being said, I am awaiting his newest even more eagerly than I already was.

Some Rain Must Fall

Under the SkinThe Crimson Petal and the WhiteThe Apple: Crimson Petal StoriesThe Courage ConsortThe Flame GospelVanilla Bright Like EminemThe Book of Strange New Things

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2013 Resolution

I’m going to do it. I’m going to read War and Peace this year. All of it, all 1224 pages.

War and Peace

Wish me luck!

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B*tches in Bookshops

Because it’s awesome, that’s why.

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Russell Hoban

Russell Hoban, ‘Frances’ Author, Dies at 86

I loved the Frances books when I was younger–I still love them today, in fact. Frances is a kindred spirit; I identified wholeheartedly with her feelings about food and bed and younger siblings. I wasn’t as good at making up songs for every situation, but I appreciated her talent.

I had no idea that Russell Hoban had a second authorial career publishing books for adults. Several of them look quite interesting, most especially Riddley Walker. I will have to track it down after the holidays.

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Slate recently ran this article, which raised a few hackles and triggered massive *headdesks* heard ’round the internet.

Then Salon posted this brilliant rebuttal, and all was right with the world again.

Well, until the next time that someone who doesn’t know what they’re talking about opens their pie-hole.

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The Subconscious Shelf

I really like looking at people’s bookshelves to see what books they have. Sometimes it’s fun to count what we have in common, sometimes it’s fun to find new things I want to read, and it always gives great insight into who the person is and what books they think are important enough to keep in their home.

I’m looking forward to reading Unpacking My Library: Writers and Their Books.

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