11 Nov

All those people who told me how easy it is to use this medium are only half right—meaning, of course, they are also half wrong. So while I figure out how to navigate this  not-so-easy (for me) terrain, the steady flow of books to  me door continues unabated.Thus I take a cue from Nobel laureate Wislawa Szymborska’s Nonrequired Reading (Harcourt). In this tome (which I recommend to anyone who presumes to be a book critic or reviewer) she explains:

I got the idea of Nonrequired Reading from the section called “Books Received” you find in most [non-American] literary journals. It was easy to see that only a tiny percentage of the books listed later made their way to the reviewer’s desk.

Here’s my recent bounty:

The Last Speakers The Quest to Save the World’s Most Endangered Languages K David Harrison (National Geographic)

The New Tourism Harry Matthews (Sand Paper Press)

The Cruel Radiance  Photography and Political Violence Susie Linfield (U ofC Press

An Object of Beauty Steve Martin (Grand Central )

RUT Scott Phillips (Concord Free Press)

The Eternal City Kathleen Graber (Princeton U Press)

Sterling’s Gold: Wit and Wisdom of an Adman -Roger Sterling (Grove Press)

Stalin’s Genocides Norman Naimark Princeton U Press

Butterfly’s Sisters: The Geisha in Western Culture 0 Yoko Kawaguchi (Yale U Press)

New York Photographs 1968-1978 Paul McDonough (Umbrage Editions)

Virtual Words: Language on the Edge of Science and Technology -Jonathon Keets (Oxford U Press)

Celebrity Chekov Ben Greenman (Harper Perennial)

The Worst Kept Secret Isreal’s Bargain with the Bomb- Avi Cohen (Columbia U Press)

Whiter Shades of Pale The Stuff White People Like… Christian Lander (Random House)

The Captain Asks For A Show of Hands -Nick Flynn (Graywolf)

The Finkler Question Howard Jacobson (Bloomsbury)

Museum of The Weird – Amelia Gray (FC2/U of Alabama Press)

Au Revoir to All That Food Wine and the End of FRance – (Michael Steinberger (Bloomsbury Press)

Learning to Die in Miami  Confessions of A Refugee Boy Carlos Eire (Free Press)

Novels 1903-1911 Henry James (The Library of America)

The Havana Habit – Gustavo Perez Firmat- (Yale U Press)

There’s A Road to Everywhere Except Where You Came From A Memoir Bryan Charles (Open City)

Reasons to Kill – Why Americans Choose War  Richard Rubenstein (Bloomsbury Press)

Mao’s Great Famine The History of China’s Great Famine 1958-1962 -Frank Dikotter  (Walker)

Amexica War Along the Borderline Ed Vuliamy (FSG)

The New Biographical Dictionary of Film Updated and Expanded (fifth edition) David Thomson (Knopf)

Must You Go? Antonya Fraser My Life with Harold Pinter (Doubleday)

The Noel Coward Reader edited with commentary by Barry Day (Knopf)

The Year of Meteors Stephen Douglas, Abraham Lincoln and the Election that Brought on The Civil War Douglas Egerton  (Bloomsbury Press)

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