Thursday, August 9, 2007
Bits and Pieces
The Slaves of Golconda have picked their new book--actually the lovely litlove, of Tales from the Reading Room, did the honors this time, and chose Andrei Makine's The Woman Who Waited: A Novel (after generously getting input from her readers). The Slaves will discuss Makine's book on September 31st, and you're welcome to join in.
When I saw Makine's name, it looked familiar to me, though I admit I didn't know why. Then I remembered that I have another of his books on my shelf, Dreams Of My Russian Summers: A Novel. This has sat, or I should say languished, on my TBR pile for so long that I had completely forgotten it. And worse, it was a gift from a close friend (sorry J, if you're reading this).
I happen to hate it when I give someone a book and they never mention it again. Of course, I know that the recipient didn't ask for the book, and it might not be anything they're even interested in, but still, I put some thought into my book gift-giving, and I'm hoping for some serious feedback.
And here I am, the biggest offender. So some five years later, I'm finally going to read Dreams of My Russian Summers. I will try to redeem myself. I'll report back to you on this, J.
I have a few more new books on the pile, all windfalls. I always forget that I belong to my local public radio station's (KPCC Pasadena) "book club", meaning I pay for the books they choose, as part of a membership deal. It's nice because books just show up on my doorstep every couple of months. This time the selection is Tim Weiner's Legacy of Ashes: The History of the CIA, which I definitely would not have chosen for myself. In fact, I think so far it's only non-fiction, so it's really more of a book club for my husband, but I may read this one. We'll see...
And I mooched two books by Penelope Fitzgerald, one of which has shown up already. I got Human Voices in the mail the other day, and The Blue Flower is on its way. Love that BookMooch.
Fitzgerald is one of those writers that I have heard a lot about over the years, but haven't read. Looking forward to reading these two.