Thursday, August 6, 2009

Am Embarrassment of Book Riches

Wow! It's another one of those amazing weeks in the bookstore world in which A TON of great new books come in. Admittedly, when you're a book fiend like I am, EVERY week in a bookstore is a delight: new books and old make me breathless and giddy (and perpetually broke). But some weeks are particularly notable.

This week in the fiction jackpot we got in the latest novels in hardcover from Richard Russo (That Old Cape Magic) and Thomas Pynchon (Inherent Vice); The Hour I First Believed (Wally Lamb) and The Gargoyle (Andrew Davidson) in paperback; the eagerly awaited paperback edition of Eclipse, the third book in Stephenie Meyer's Twilight series; To Heaven by Water, a novel (paperback) by Justin Cartwright, the author of a novel I loved, The Promise of Happiness; and a novel I've been waiting for in paperback about Hurricane Katrina, City of Refuge, by Tom Piazza.

On the nonfiction side we got The Battle for America 2008: The Story of an Extraordinary Election, by Dan Balz and Haynes Johnson; Imperial, the latest tome from William Vollman, taking us deep into the heart of the Imperial Valley in California (and clocking in at a mere 1200 or so pages); and Bringing It to the Table: On Farming and Food, a thoughtful collection of essays on mindful eating drawn from more than thirty years of work by Wendell Berry, with an introduction by Michael Pollan ("Americans today are having a national conversation about food and agriculture....But to read these to realize just how little of what we are saying and hearing today Wendell Berry hasn't already said, bracingly, before.")

Wow. What a week! And I've probably missed a few. I better get off the computer and get busy reading! I think next week will be another bookapallooza as well, so stay tuned....

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