Friday, September 17, 2010

What I lifted from the shop this week.

I'm probably being ambitious on the amount of reading time I have this week, but here's what I lifted from the shop this week:

The Day Road by Joseph Boyden. There hasn't been an extra copy at the shop until now. Now there is no longer an extra copy.

The Inquisitors' Manual by Antonio Lobo Antunes. Oh, if you could have heard the uproar at the shop when my Brazilian friend, Alex, swore Antunes was better than Jose Saramago (may he rest in peace)! Blasphemy! As there was no Antunes on the shelf, I thought the argument would also rest in peace. However, Alex showed up at the shop with this book in hand. I do love when someone brings The Book Lady a "MUST" read book. Alright, alright, I'll give it a shot. But I'm sure I'll be right. No one can top Jose Saramago.

Her Fearful Symmetry by Audrey Niffenegger. Confession: I wasn't really impressed with The Time Traveler's Wife. Strong plot and story but the whole punk thing felt silly and false. However, I've recalled the book enough and read enough reviews of Niffengger's newest work to want to see for myself.

The Magicians by Lev Grossman. I think I stuck this on my Shelfari list after reading a review on The Onion. I'm not often driven to fantasy but I recently read two that make me want to give the entire genre more attention: The Stolen Child by Keith Donahue and The Book of Lost Things by John Connelly. One comment that turns me away from these type of books is the whole "Harry Potter for adults" and "Harry Potter but with a dark side." Please, fantasy fiction existed way before Harry Potter (no offense Mr. Potter) so stop comparing every fantasy book with children protagonists to Harry Potter.* *Gets off soapbox.

And as if all those weren't enough to keep me busy for more than a month, Mr. David Lummis, stopped by to introduce himself and show me his new book The Coffee Shop Chronicles of New Orleans. According to Swampland.com: Cultures of the South: "Lummis' tender and affectionate descriptions of New Orleans, his 'Paris of the South,' evoke Pat Conroy's lush and loving portrayal of coastal South Carolina. Yep, I'm going to read this one.

Elizabeth, Book Reader and Book Seller

1 comment:

Slauditory said...

Three Day Road is fantastic! The sequel, Through Black Spruce, is also fantastic, though it focuses in part on a modern woman, a descendant of one of the characters from TDR.