New Acquisitions

I was going to write something sensible here tonight, but given that I seem to have spent much of the day writing, and breaking my head over academic work at that, I’m only in the mood for something frivolous. Quite a few books have made it into my house lately, through various means, and I thought I’d bring you up to date.

Books I’ve had recommended by other blogging friends:

Family Happiness and Happy All The Time by Laurie Colwin

The Quest for Corvo by A. J. A. Symonds

The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society by Mary Anne Shaffer

The Highly Sensitive Person by Elaine Aron

When Things Fall Apart by Pema Chodron

Books for the motherhood project:

Misconceptions by Naomi Wolf

In Search of our Mother’s Gardens by Alice Walker

Books I heard about via blogging and had to see what the fuss was all about:

Fierce Attachments by Vivian Gornick

Review copies:

Now You See Him by Eli Gottlieb

The Uncommon Reader by Alan Bennett

Literary fiction I picked up cheap:

The Shadow Catcher by Marianne Wiggins

The Orchard by Druscilla Modjeska

More Memoirs/Life-Writing

Toast by Nigel Slater

Almost French by Sarah Turnbull

Surprise presents through the post:

The Spare Room by Helen Garner

Sharp Teeth by Toby Barlow (I won it at Stefanie’s site and had forgotten about it)

Tantalising Non-Fiction

Singled Out by Virginia Nicholson (about the post-war glut of women who never married)

Black Diamonds by Catherine Bailey (about a coal mining dynasty)

I give them a little pat and a stroke every time I go past to assure them that I will get around to reading them all soon. Ah, the sight of them piled up is enough to make my heart skip a beat. Sorry technology fans, but a kindle would never lift my spirits the same way.