Tuesday, November 27, 2007

Notable

  1. Written about, but unread
    THE ABSTINENCE TEACHER. By Tom Perrotta.
  2. Thought about buying, but should probably read Drown first (since it’s on my shelf).
    THE BRIEF WONDROUS LIFE OF OSCAR WAO. By Junot Díaz,
  3. Read but not written about
    DANCING TO “ALMENDRA.” By Mayra Montero
  4. Watched my mom buy & discussed it with her, but still unread:
    EXIT GHOST. By Philip Roth.
  5. Read and written about
    FALLING MAN. By Don DeLillo.
  6. Reading
    THE INDIAN CLERK. By David Leavitt.
  7. Read, written about, reviewed
    THROW LIKE A GIRL: Stories. By Jean Thompson.
  8. Purchased in London
    AGENT ZIGZAG: A True Story of Nazi Espionage, Love, and Betrayal. By Ben Macintyre.
  9. Have no plans at all to read
    CIRCLING MY MOTHER. By Mary Gordon.
  10. or
    THE DIANA CHRONICLES. By Tina Brown.
  11. Watched my husband read
    HOW DOCTORS THINK. By Jerome Groopman.
  12. Will happily discuss with you
    HOW TO TALK ABOUT BOOKS YOU HAVEN’T READ. By Pierre Bayard.
  13. Read, written about, reviewed, disliked
    LEONARD WOOLF: A Biography. By Victoria Glendinning.
  14. Still looking at the review copy from BookExpo of
    TWO LIVES: Gertrude and Alice. By Janet Malcolm.
  15. Thinking about spending that Three Lives gift certificate in my wallet on
    THE GATHERING. By Anne Enright.
  16. or
    MATRIMONY. By Joshua Henkin.
  17. or maybe even
    THEN WE CAME TO THE END. By Joshua Ferris.
  18. but probably will defy logic and actually purchase
    HOW TO TALK ABOUT BOOKS YOU HAVEN’T READ. By Pierre Bayard

That, in brief, is my brief version of the list.

4 comments:

Jessica said...

I have a copy of the Bayard book in the original French - it was left here by my mother in-law. Shall I mail it to you? I haven't been able to bring myself to actually read it - the concept seems so ridiculous. I don't like to stereotype, but it doesn't surprise me that the book was successful in France. Sometimes, the intellectual posturing gets downright fatigante.

Michelle said...

Hi Anne! I have a copy of Matrimony if you want to borrow it. Just let me know! Which reminds me--we should get lunch sometime! I've meant to email you but the semester slipped by so quickly.

Anne said...

Jessica and Michelle,
Lovely to hear from both of you! Now, the Bayard in the French seems worth having--please, if you can spare it send it along! (email me at fernham@gmail.com for my address if you don't have it).

I won't, however, borrow Matrimony from you, Michelle, as heaven only knows when I'll get to it...but lunch is a prospect worth smiling about. Is it possible?

Anonymous said...

Anne,

I'm not sure you got the e-mail I sent? I'd be happy to send this book, but I'll need your address.

Happy Holidays!

Jessica