I still find photos incredibly hard to post – this was either way too small or way too big, and now having altered its scale, it is probably fuzzy or strangely distorted. Anyway, the weekend ran away with me so I have had no time to write anything particular for you. Instead I thought you might like to see how my tbr pile had grown over the past few months. With all these threats of digital books heading our way (the UK three years behind America, the US five years off total digitalisation), I have decided to throw all caution to the wind and invest in paper whenever the opportunity arises. The only problem is I don’t have anywhere to put my recent acquisitions (to be fair, this pile began around March 2009). So they are living in the spare room, three rows on the floor, two on the coffee table, and there is at least room for expansion so long as no one comes to stay.
Some of my most recent acquisitions include:
Jane Smiley – Private Life
William Trevor – Love and Summer
C. K. Stead – The Secret History of Modernism
Alice Munroe – The Beggar Maid
Christian Jungersen – The Exception
Elaine Showalter – A Jury of Her Peers: American Women Writers from Anne Bradstreet to Annie Proulx
Kirsten Tranter – The Legacy
Andre Gide – Paludes
Zadie Smith – The Autograph Man
David Lazar (ed) – Truth in Nonfiction: Essays
Jincy Willet – The Writing Class
Charles Webb – The Graduate
Gabriel Josipovici – Heart’s Wings and Other Stories
Azar Nafisi – Things I’ve Been Silent About
Horace McCoy – They Shoot Horses, Don’t They?
Gabriel Josipovici – Only Joking
Gabriel Josipovici – Whatever Happened to Modernism?
Alice Hoffman – The Ice Queen
Robert Darnton – The Case for Books: Past, Present and Future
Has anyone else bought anything good lately? Christmas is coming so I’m keen for suggestions!