Goodness, how did this happen? Itchy fingers got the best of me and I just had to go pick up my library books (darkness or not). Last night's eight books grew by two more and so I carried (and boy was my bookbag heavy) them all home thinking the whole way how much of my reading time for this month is already claimed, and how ever am I even going to contemplate picking up any of these books sooner than later. I always make a valiant effort--or at least enjoy browsing through a new pile of books and 'trying out' a few of them for a later read. I guess if nothing else I can count that walk as exercise since I was carrying a heavy load of books.
This week's library finds:
On the Other Side: Letters to My Children from Germany 1940-46 by Mathilde Wolff-Munckeberg -- A possible German Literature Month contender. An interesting topic with the added benefit of the book being in letter format.
I already had Dorothy Hughes's The Expendable Man out from the library once, but I was just thinking how nice a good crime novel sounded, so it came home with me once more.
I already mentioned The Death of the Adversary by Hans Keilson, which I will be starting in the next day or two. Another 'rediscovered classic'.
I didn't realize John O'Hara's A Rage to Live was quite so long. I am sort of binging on Louis Begley books (inspiration from the audio book I am listening to, which is by Begley), and I came across this one via Begley who wrote the introduction. Besides I've wanted to read more O'Hara for a while now.
Teatime for the Firefly by Shona Patel caught my eye thanks to the Colonial India setting of 1943. It sounds a little exotic and perhaps has something of a romantic slant. Looks like this one has gotten lots of good reader's reviews, too.
And the Begley novels--Memories of a Marriage is his most recent, but Matters of Honor sounded good, too. Both are about that particular wealthy 1950s East Coast/New England milieu, which I find kind of fascinating.
I know that Diane Setterfield's newest was just recently released but I wasn't expecting to get Bellman & Black so soon. I guess I must have gotten in line much earlier than I thought! Who's read it? Is it as good as her first?
P.S. Duffy's The Cartographer of No Man's Land is a WWI story that begins in Nova Scotia. I have a feeling that books dealing with the First World War are going to be a hot commodity in the coming months. I've already noted quite a few history books about the war coming into the library where I work. I should really be noting titles as so many of them look really good.
And last but not least a "beautifully crafted historical thriller" set in 1840s New York, The Gods of Gotham by Lyndsay Faye. I've been in the mood for some good historical fiction, maybe this is just the thing? Thanks to Liz for the suggestion.
The library clerk who checked my books out told me I have another book that is in transit, so I already have another one to look forward to on my next visit.
A bounty of library books! And they all look good. Vacation can't come soon enough. How many weeks until Thanksgiving?