Too Much is Not Enough

24 Nov

Well, another week falls off the calendar and the procession of delivery men coming to my door with packages of books remains unabated.

Here’s what I received, the tomes of special interest are asterisked. I dove into Roth’s Job and Reuss’s The Geography of Secrets and have been greatly rewarded.

*Job– Joseph Roth [Translated by Ross Benjamen] (Archipelago)

Joe Biden A Life of Trial And Redemption– Jules Witcover (William Morrow)

*The Bed of Procrustes -Nassim Nicholas Taleb (Random House)

*A Geography of Secrets- Frederick Reuss (Unbridled)

Saxophone Colossus A Portrait of Sonny Rollins (Abrams)

The Horror! The Horror! Comic Books The Government Didn’t Want You to Read– Jim Trobetta (Abrams)

Appollo’s Angels A History of Ballet Jennifer Homans (Random House)

*And the Pursuit of Happiness -Maira Kalman (Penguin Press)

*A Biographical Guide to the Great Jazz and Pop Singers– Will Freidwald (Pantheon)

*The Verso Book of Dissent: From Spartacus to the Shoe Thrower of Baghdad ed by Andrew Hsiao and Audrea Lim(Verso)

The Evolution of Bruno Littlemore– Benjamen Hale (Twelve)

Winner Take All Politics: How Washington Made the Rich Richer and Turned its Back on the Middle Class – Jacob S Hacker and Paul Pierson (Simon and Schuster)

How Wars End, Why We Always Fight the Last Battle: A History of American Intervention from World War I to Afghanistan-Gideon Rose (Simon and Schuster)

Immortal Milk Adventures in Cheese -Eric Lemay (Free Press)

Yellow Dirt An American Story of a Poisoned Land and a People Betrayed – Judy Pasternak (Free Press)

The Mendacity of Hope: Barak Obama and the Betrayal of American Liberalism– Roger Hodge (Harper)

The Emperor of All Maladies:A Biography of Cancer Siddhartha Mukherjee (Scribner)

The Good Fight A Life in Liberal Politics -Walter Mondale (Scribner)

Palo Alto: Stories– James Franco (Scribner)

Compass Rose – John Casey (Knopf)

Amy Clampitt: Selected Poems (Knopf)

The Killer of Little Shepards – A True Crime Story and the Birth of Forensic Science-Douglass Star (Knopf)

*Death of the Liberal Class– Chris Hedges ( Nation books)

Atlantic Great Sea Battles, Heroic Discoveries, Titanic Storms and a Vast Ocean of a Million Stories Simon Winchester (Harper)

Common Nonsense: Glen Beck And The Triumph of Ignorance-Alexander Zaitchick (Wiley)

How We fight Crusades Quagmires and the American Way of War– Dominic Tierny (Little Brown)

Valley Forge: George Washington and the Crucible of Victory Newt Ginrich (St Martin’s Press)

The Instructions -Adam Levin(McSweeney’s)

Pitchforks and Torches: The Worst of the Worst From Beck Bill and Bush Keith Olbermann (Wiley)

Wicked River The Mississippi When it last Ran Wild- Lee Sandlin (Viking)

Magic and Mayhem The Delusions of American Foreign Policy From Korea to Afghanistan– Derek Leebaert (Simon & Schuster)

*A Renegade History of the United States-Thaddeus Russell (Free Press)

Becoming Animal And Earthly Cosmology David Abraham (Pantheon)

Gobble, gobble.

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