Must be a Saturday. Sometimes I remember this is my bibliotecaria site and it makes me miss being an official librarian. And yet, my Saturdays are close to that here at the bookstore. Browsing through the Bookseller I was looking at everything coming out (or already there). Hate that it is an English magazine, but oh well.
Anyway, lots of depressing and interesting stuff. Several books released about autism and parenting. One of which, A Real Boy promises to be a tear jerker. Can’t help but remember Haddon’s fantastic Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time. If you haven’t read it, do. Also, a customer brought to my attention Mohsin Hamid’s The Reluctant Fundamentalist, pertinent, sounds good and short-listed for the Booker prize (This year’s winner was The Gathering by Anne Enright.)
But all of this must wait. I’m now reading a very strange, inter-species, love story by China Miéville, Perdido Street Station. (China turns out is a dude, kind of hot too.) I can’t say I’d recommend this to everyone but if you like bizarre futuristic fantasy that makes the abnormal seem everyday and can stomach some indelicacies, then you should try it. (Thanks Lori for the introduction and mailing expense.) And I’m reading a translation of Italo Calvino’s Invisible Cities with Luigi which is simply gorgeous. It is Kublai Kahn hearing Marco Polo’s descriptions of the different cities in his realm. Supposedly they are all Calvino’s interpretation of one city, the city, Venice. Lovely read in bed with some wine. Hate I can’t yet explore it in its native language. One day, one day.
And Lexie (my former roomie) has me tempted by Naomi Wolf’s The End of America: Letter of Warning to a Young Patriot. Obviously political, seems very much something mom and dad would like.
If you’re reading (or just wanting to), let me know what.
Edit: My friend Frank just sent me a message that Norman Mailer died. So, now I think my first reading of him is in order. The Naked and the Dead is calling to me. Any Mailer favorites you’d recommend?