Tuesday, July 1, 2008

New books, big flowers


Isn't summer supposed to be slower than the rest of the year? At least, if you're on the school calendar it should be, right? Not so much, here. The kids haven't settled into a routine yet, and all three of them seem to be going different directions at once, and I'm the chauffeur. Needless to say, I haven't had much time for blogging. Though I seem to have had some time to acquire new books...

What I Loved: A Novel, by Siri Hustvedt. I'm a little afraid of this book, because I know it includes the death of a child--a subject I tend to shy away from.

The Blue Flower, by Penelope Fitzgerald. Mooched. Recently read and enjoyed Offshore, so I'm looking forward to this one.

The Last Days of Dogtown: A Novel, by Anita Diamant. I enjoyed The Red Tent, and have heard good things about this one.

When You Are Engulfed in Flames, by David Sedaris. Because he's a funny, funny man.

The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian, by Sherman Alexie. Loved the movie Smoke Signals, and have always wanted to read something of his. I may pass this on to my son.

The Photograph, by Penelope Lively. I have her memoir, Oleander, Jacaranda: A Childhood Perceived. Which I haven't read. But thought it would be good to pair with her fiction. And a friend was giving it away, so I grabbed it...

Matrimony: A Novel, by Joshua Henkin. A signed copy from the author. Wahoo!

Can't wait to start reading!

Our garden is going crazy these days, and I'm not so hot at tending it. The sunflowers have taken over!

21 comments:

Bybee said...

Wow, that sunflower is incredible!

Everyone's got Matrimony but me! How do I get a copy? Do you think the author would send one all the way to Korea?

Gentle Reader said...

bybee--I'll bet the author would send you one--he seems like a very nice guy. I would check out his website and get in touch. Also check out Lisamm's blog Books on the Brain and look for Henkin's guest post about book groups. Then email me!

melanie said...

Loved The Photograph and enjoyed Matrimony too. Can't wait to read your thoughts.

Gentle Reader said...

melanie--I'm looking forward to reading both!

Iliana said...

Beautiful sunflower and stack of books of course :)
You've got several here I want to read too - especially the latest David Sedaris. love him.

Gentle Reader said...

iliana--I love David Sedaris, too. I'm saving this book for a time when I might need a laugh!

Tara said...

I'm about to post my review of Matrimony tomorrow! Hope you like it.

Gentle Reader said...

tara--excellent, can't wait to read it!

Lisa said...

I want to read every one of the books in your pile! The sunflower is gorgeous, by the way. That is one of my favorite flowers. It just screams summer.

stefanie said...

Nice new books! I'm interested in The Blue Flower. I just ran across a mention of it the other day. Love your sunflowers! I planted a sunflower forest in the garden one year. It was so much fun even when the squirrels would bite the flowers off and run away with them. There is something so very happy about sunflowers.

Bookfool said...

Wow, gorgeous sunflower! I was going to say the same thing about the autographed copy. What about meeeee? Pitiful, I know.

Hang on their on the summer schedule. This year is my first year of not chauffeuring. It's so weird. Youngest is driving himself to work. I pray him there and back, twice a day. :)

Logophile said...

I know the feeling about expecting summer to be less hectic! I was with a friend in Oxford Street in London last night and he specifically wanted the Sedaris book, which he couldn't find at all - not too funny! I've also heard good things about the Diamant. Enjoy all these books.

Gentle Reader said...

lisa--thanks, and I love your phrasing, the sunflower does just "scream summer"!

stefanie--have yet to write about it, but just finished and enjoyed Fitzgerald's Booker winner, Offshore. Looking forward to The Blue Flower...

bookfool--I'll bet you can score a copy of Matrimony...and I will try to hang in there on the summer "schedule", such as it isn't. I think I'd rather be driving my kids around than having them drive themselves!

logophile--I will enjoy the books, I'm sure. Especially the Sedaris, which is certain to make me laugh, if his earlier works are any indication. Hope your friend finds a copy! Wish I was going to be in Oxford Street sometime soon--that made me jealous!

Jaimie said...

I am going to get What I Loved also. It looks so good! I am looking forward to your review on it.

Gentle Reader said...

jaimie--I've heard really good things about her writing, and I'm very curious about this book!

Matt said...

Anything by David Sedaris is funny. I'll have to grab his latest. :)

Gentle Reader said...

matt--I agree about David Sedaris, the man always makes me laugh!

Katherine said...

I've never read any of these books! But I always like seeing what's in people's TBR piles.

Gentle Reader said...

katherine--I love seeing everyone's piles of books, too--I get ideas for my own reading, and it's an interesting glimpse into others' shelves! Like your blog, btw :)

lisamm said...

Holy moly, is that a freakishly huge mutant sunflower, or is it the camera angle making it look so big?? Summer is HERE, wow!

Gentle Reader said...

lisa--it is a freakishly huge sunflower! My husband bought a new variety this year, called "sunzilla", and it lived up to its name, lol!