Monday, October 08, 2007

An Embarrassment of Riches

A quick post to celebrate all the lovely, lovely books that have recently arrived in my glad embrace, including:

  • The Ladies of Grace Adieu by Susanna Clarke
  • Empire of Ivory by Naomi Novik
  • Long May She Reign by Ellen Emerson White
  • Middlesex by Jeffrey Eugenides
  • White Teeth by Zadie Smith (whom I saw speak at the New Yorker Festival Friday night)
  • The End of the Affair by Graham Greene
  • Eunoia by Christian Bok
  • McSorley's Wonderful Saloon by Joseph Mitchell
  • Tyrell by Coe Booth
  • Love, Stargirl by Jerry Spinelli (my book club's next pick)
  • Home of the Brave by Katherine Applegate

AND Katy just read a Patrick O'Brian novel called The Unknown Shore and said it's a marvelous precursor to the Aubrey-Maturins, so I have to get that too. I have no idea where to begin -- or rather, since I've begun many of them, which to continue -- and I love it. Hurrah for book joy!


  1. Begin with WHITE TEETH, if you haven't read it yet. Wonderful, wonderful book.

  2. There's a sequel to Stargirl? How exciting! That went right past me.

  3. Ooo - I love, love Graham Greene. He said that every writer has to have a chip of ice in their heart, which is so smart. The best writers TORTURE their characters. And I think you'll like all the religion-y stuff in END OF THE AFFAIR. - Rachel

  4. Ahhh...Zadie Smith, Graham Greene, and Jeffrey Eugenides. Don't forget a plumped pillow and a hot cup of tea.

  5. I love EEWhite... she was always my favorite auther growing up. I was suprised the article from your link didn't mention my favorite book of her, LIFE WITHOUT FRIENDS... Oh Well.. Enjoy!