books

I'm always in the middle of half a dozen books. I love inexpensive used books (garage sales and library sales are big events for me), and I have a lot of them. The blog has occasional entries about books I'm reading.

Complete Denial

936 pages.

Somebody recommended A History of the Modern World over on Ask Metafilter and I leapt over to the San Francisco library's website and requested it.

It's 936 pages. Not counting the (excellent-looking) appendices and bibliography.

I don't know what I was thinking.

The Enthusiast

Author: 
Charlie Haas
Started: 
January 8, 2010

Wow. So far I love this book. I'm especially wowed by Haas's ability to craft a brilliant simile. I'm enjoying the story, the characters, and the writing. So far, it's superb.

Heart Conditions

Author: 
Sara Lewis
Started: 
January 3, 2010
Finished: 
January 7, 2010

This was a pleasant read. The main character, Alice, was likable enough (although I was occasionally impatient with her over-accommodating ways early in the book), and I enjoyed the plot's journey - I was slightly surprised by Alice's ultimate career shift, and there were a number of nice moments along the way.

Not a huge favorite, but enjoyable.

The Thin Place

Author: 
Kathryn Davis
Started: 
October 18, 2009
Finished: 
November 26, 2009

I picked this up while browsing the fiction shelves at the library. The cover illustration is beautiful and intriguing, and the plot description on the flap drew me in enough to check it out.

What enchanted me was the writing. Davis is poetic and mystical and simultaneously precise and clearly descriptive. The striking language is never gratuitous; Davis keeps the story unfolding.

I think this may be a book I need to own, just so I can reread the beautiful sentences, to revel in them, to learn from them.

Conservatives Without Conscience

Author: 
John W. Dean
Started: 
January 4, 2010

I really want to actually read this book, but I haven't been able to make the time to give it my serious attention, and it has to go back to the library.

From flipping through it, I'm particularly interested in Dean's acquaintance with Stanley Milgrim, and I'm curious, now, to read Dean's other books as well.

I hope to return to this sometime later this year if my workload slows a bit.

Abandoned: 
January 9, 2010

Woodcraft

Author: 
Nessmuk (George Sears)
Started: 
October 17, 2009

I sought this out after seeing it mentioned in John McPhee's Coming Into the Country.

Green Dolphin Street

Author: 
Elizabeth Goudge
Started: 
August 17, 2009
Finished: 
August 17, 2009

I'm nearly finished with this - really enjoying it so far ...

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