Books in the Mail, Books on My Desk, Books, Books Everywhere!

Crowdedbed Huge thanks to Mary Cavanagh for sending me a copy of her The Crowded Bed to read and review. It sounds absolutely wonderful and I’ll work it into the rotation ASAP.

I love the cover, too. Very nice artwork. It looks like a close-up from what I’ve always referred to as "Venus on the Half-Shell." I know there’s a proper name for it, but drat if I know it without looking it up. My art survey courses in college were a long, long time ago, and much as I loved them, and love art still, I just can’t retain it all. I know one of you will, though, and if you do feel free to leave me a comment. If you have no idea what I’m even talking about and question my sanity, leave me a comment on that, too. Include pharmaceutial recommendations as you see fit.

I also arrived at the library this evening to see these lovelies sitting on my desk, via that modern miracle called interlibrary loan:

The Street of Crocodiles by Bruno Schulz

Jane Austen by Marghanita Laski

Dead Simple by Peter James

The Paris Review Interviews, Vol. I

I feel the distinct need to OWN that last book on the list. I can almost justify it as a professional need, if you think about it. I interview authors regularly, and I could use a good primer on the art of the interview. It’s also a really classy sort of book to own. It’s like putting out bottles of fine wine, or putting on the smooth jazz, when people come over. The Paris Review is one of those things. Now, if I just entertained now and then I’d be set, with my wine, my jazz and my brilliantly yellow-covered, "look at me!," classy copy of The Paris Review Interviews. I am SO set if that ever happens.

Pretty much all the interlibrary loan items were books I heard about on someone’s blog. Funny how that happens. I have more still on interlibrary loan request. They just haven’t come in yet, and thank goodness for that.  I think I have enough to keep me busy this week. Call it a sneaking suspicion.

I’m also still looking for a Flannery O’Connor biography, thanks to Jenclair’s statement that’s what she needs to put on her reading list. Just hearing she’s contemplating that put it on my own list automatically. It sounded like a really good idea. Thank goodness for other people and their good ideas. Without them I’d spend all my time twiddling my thumbs in the corner, or worse yet, reading BAD books.


But, at least for now, there’s not much chance I’ll be stuck reading any bad books. I think I’m good, but go right ahead and suggest anything else you may hear about. The interlibrary loan person is still speaking to me. Until that changes I’ll assume everything’s A-OK.

4 thoughts on “Books in the Mail, Books on My Desk, Books, Books Everywhere!

  1. The Birth of Venus – Botticelli is what you are looking for! I saw this at the Uffizi when I visited Florence a few years ago. On the other wall was his Primavera and on another The Holy Family by Michelangelo. All in one room – stood there feeling very very insignificant…..


  2. 🙂 I’ve ordered a copy of The Habit of Being: The Letters of Flannery O’Connor. I’ll be looking for a biography soon, but love reading letters.


  3. Jenclair, I actually own a copy of ‘The Habit of Being,’ which surprised me. Thank goodness for LibraryThing or imagine the duplicates I’d have…!
    I interlibrary loaned a copy of ‘Flannery O’Connor: A Life” by Jean W. Cash today, too. It’s reportedly the only full-length bio of O’Connor, a fact I found surprising. At least that’s what the book’s promo claims.
    I also love reading letters. It feels a little voyeuristic, but you get so much great autobiographical detail from them. I’m also hoping to start ‘A Habit of Being’ soon. I’m still reading the stories in ‘Everything That Rises…’ as well.


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