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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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A Very Young Dancer Grows Up

Storybook Ballerina’s True-Life Adventure

I got my copy of A Very Young Dancer for Christmas in 1986. I’d been taking ballet for a while, and had seen a performance of “The Nutcracker” a few years before when we spent Christmas in Chicago with my aunt.

I loved that book. I wanted to be Stephanie and attend the School of American Ballet. I kept taking ballet classes for years, and even got to the point (ha! ballet jokes!) of dancing in toe shoes. But I stopped eventually, and switched to gymnastics.

And that’s probably one of the biggest regrets of my life. I wish I had kept taking ballet classes. I did take a ballet class in college to fulfill a phys-ed requirement, and that just made me realize how much I had missed it. I was never good enough–or tall enough–to realistically become a professional dancer, but I really enjoyed dancing. And I just decided to stop one day.

Oh, the folly of youth.

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Signed Books

Having worked in bookstores and libraries for many years, I’ve had the chance to attend a lot of author events. I’ve also naturally gone to events that happen outside of my workplace, because as much as I’d like for every author whose books I enjoy to come to where I work, it’s simply not going to happen.

Jasper Fforde came to the Borders in Uptown when I worked there to sign stock. I had the opportunity to talk with him for quite awhile, and he was extremely generous with his time.

I saw David Sedaris yesterday at the State Theater. All of the pieces he performed were new, and I had an excellent time; many terrible, offensive, and funny jokes were told. And by the way, that’s a bear puppet crying tears of blood.

I saw Scott Westerfeld this summer at the Red Balloon Bookshop with my good buddy Librarian DOA. He was still a little jetlagged, as you can see from the inscription.

My library hosted Maggie Stiefvater this summer as part of the teen summer reading program. I’m not the teen librarian at our branch, but I am the one who suggested we get her for an event–mostly because I wanted to see her speak, it’s true. I think I got some recognition from Maggie for my contribution to the event.

I’ve seen friend and neighbor Kurtis Scaletta at the Red Balloon Bookshop twice now, and I own all of his books. This is my favorite inscription, simply because it’s the silliest. Lush Puppy was thrilled that he was mentioned.

I saw Emma Bull lo these many years ago at Minicon. (I think it was 37.) I’ve loved War for the Oaks ever since an evil and dear friend introduced me to it in college, so it was nice to get my original MMPB signed.

I saw Meg Cabot at PLA in 2008. She was the luncheon keynote speaker one day, and I quite enjoyed her talk. I’ve been fond of the Princess Diary series ever since it was published, so it was nice to get my copy signed. (Even though I’m pretty sure that’s what she wrote in all of the Princess Diary books she signed that day.)

My best friend in Germany attended a Neil Gaiman event at a car dealership (why it was at a car dealership I never have figured out) and got a copy of Stardust auf Deutsch signed for me. She how lives in New Zealand, so I’m trying to figure out when I can go visit her there. I’d also like to see the Ngaio Marsh House, it’s true.

ANd sometimes you just get lucky when buying something in a used book store.

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