If I am not thinking about a new book to read, I am thinking about an even newer book that I might buy or borrow. I constantly update my wishlist, which consists of titles either saved online or many little pieces of papers with new books, recommendations or books I read about on blogs that I tuck away into a little notebook that I have for all things bookish. I probably spend far too much time thinking about books--what I am reading, what I want to read, what I want to buy, what's on the holdshelf for me at the library . . . That's a lot of books and no doubt it goes a long way to explaining why I have so many books in progress.
Here are twelve more that I will be looking for in the upcoming months to either buy or borrow.
In O My America!, the travel writer and biographer Sara Wheeler embarks on a journey across the United States, guided by the adventures of six women who reinvented themselves as they chased the frontier west." Maybe there is hope for me yet. As in, reinventing myself that is.
Flappers: Six Women of a Dangerous Generation by Judith Mackrell -- "Glamorized, mythologized, and demonized, the women of the 1920s prefigured the 1960s in their determination to reinvent the way they lived. Judith Mackrell’s Flappers: Six Women of a Dangerous Generation explores the ethos of that restless generation, starting with its first fashionable acts of rebellion before World War I and continuing to the Wall Street crash of 1929, discovering what exemplified the range and daring of the flapper spirit." (due out January 2014)
The Valley of Amazement by Amy Tan -- "Amy Tan’s The Valley of Amazement is a sweeping, evocative epic of two women’s intertwined fates and their search for identity, that moves from the lavish parlors of Shanghai courtesans to the fog-shrouded mountains of a remote Chinese village." (due out in November)
Back to Back by Julia Franck -- "Julia Franck's German-Book-Prize-winning novel, The Blindness of the Heart, was an international phenomenon, selling 850,000 copies in Germany alone and being published in thirty-five countries. Her newest work, Back to Back echoes the themes of The Blindness of the Heart, telling a moving personal story set against the tragedies of twentieth-century Germany." (due out in December)
Bellman and Black by Diane Setterfield -- Am I the last person to discover that Setterfield has a new book coming out? "Caught up in a moment of boyhood competition, William Bellman recklessly aims his slingshot at a rook resting on a branch, killing the bird instantly. It is a small but cruel act, and is soon forgotten. By the time he is grown, with a wife and children of his own, William seems to have put the whole incident behind him. It was as if he never killed the thing at all. But rooks don’t forget . ." (due out in November)
Always good books to look forward to! (And this is just a sampling from my list(s)!)