Books, Books and More Books

23 Feb

My father is 90 years old today (Happy Birthday, Alfred).Which among other things augers well for me as I am going to need a few more years to read the wonderful books that continue to pour into my habitat. If the inconceivable occurred and the publishing business only published the vulgar crap that seems to have a substantial audience and they forsook the relatively small number of readers (Gary Shteyngart and I decided it was about 400,000 people) who are dedicated to literary fiction and competent scholarship, I would still have enough books to last to the end of my days.

And some of them are listed below:

Butterfly’s Child– Angela Davis-Gardener (Dial Press)
Inherently Unequal: The Betrayal of Equal Rights by the Supreme Court, 1865-1903 -Lawrence Goldstone (Walker & Co)
Of Indigo and Saffron: New and Selected Poems – Michael McClure
(University of California Press)
Naked Heat -Richard Castle (Hyperion)
Townie-Andre Dubus III (Norton)
Never Say Die:The Myth and Marketing of the New Old Age -Susan Jacoby (Pantheon)
Enough About Love– Herve Le Tellier (Other)
Gulag Boss: A Soviet Memoir -Fydor Mochululsky (Oxford)
Passport To Peking:A Very British Mission to Mao’s China -Patrick Wright (Oxford)
John Kennedy– Robert Dallek (Oxford)
John Adams Revolutionary Writings (1755-1775) (Library of America)
John Adams Revolutionary Writings (1775-1783) (Library of America)
Talking About Movies With Jesus: Poems -David Kirby
(Louisiana State University Press)
Jet Age:The Comet, the 707, and the Race to Shrink the World -Sam Howe Verhovek (Avery)
Abbott Awaits: A Novel – Chris Bachelder (Yellow Shoe Fiction/LSU Press)
The Information: A History, a Theory, a Flood – James Gleick (Pantheon)
The Net Delusion:The Dark Side of Internet Freedom -Evgeny Morozov
(Public Affairs)
Best American Short Stories,2010– Richard Russo (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt)
Short Cut Man– P.G. Sturges ( Scribner)
Odessa: Genius and Death in a City of Dreams– Charles King (Norton)
Tonight No Poetry will Serve– Adrienne Rich (Norton)
The Inevitable: Contemporary Writers Confront Death-David Shields/Brad Murrow (Norton)
Mark Twain: God’s Fool-Hamlin Hill (Uinversity of Chicago Press)
Pirates of Barbary: Corsairs, Conquests and Captivity in the Seventeenth-Century Mediterranean – Adrian Tinniswood (Riverhead)
Lyric’s Alley– Leila Aboulela (Grove Press)
Micro Green; Tiny Houses in Nature -Mimi Zieger (Rizzoli )
Nobody Ever Gets Lost– Jess Row (Five Chapters)
Other People We Married – Emma Straub (Five Chapters)
Henry’s Demons: Living with Schizophrenia, A Father and Son’s Story – Patrick Cockburn and Henry Cockburn (Scribner)
A State of Change: Forgotten Landscapes of California
Laura Cunningham (Heyday)
The Border Lords -T. Jefferson Parker (Dutton)
Super Rich: A Guide to Having it All – Russell Simmons (Grand Central)
The Civil War: The First Year Told by Those Who Lived It-Brooks D. Simpson, Stephen W. Sears, and Aaron Sheehan-Dean (Library of America)
The Death Instinct-Jed Rubenfield (Riverhead)
Green -Jay Lake Thor)
Shadow Mothers:Nannies, Au Pairs, and the Micropolitics of Mothering -Cameron Lynne MacDonald (University of California Press)
Reading Women: How the Great Books of Feminism Changed My Life– Stephanie Staal (Public Affairs)
The Hidden Reality: Parallel Universes and the Deep Laws of the Cosmos -Brian Greene (Knopf)
Olivia Goes to Venice– Ian Falconer (Atheneum )
Under the Sun: The Letters of Bruce Chatwin– Nicholas Shakespeare, Editor(Viking)
Stephen Crane Complete Poems -Christopher Benfey (LOA)
West of Here-Jonathan Evision( Algonquin)
Tree of Codes– Jonathan Safran Foer (Visual Editions)
Known and Unknown– Donald Rumsfield
Alone Together: Why We Expect More from Technology and Less from Each Other– Sherry Turkle (Basic Books)
Bomb In Every Issue– Peter Richardson (New Press)
Solo -Ranna Dasagupta (Houghton MIfflin Harcourtr)
Bad News -edited Anya Schiffrin(News Press)
Daniel-Henning MAnkell (New Press)
Dr Seuss and Co. Go to War:The World War II Editorial Cartoons of America’s Leading Comic Artists – Andre Schiffrin ( New Press)
What the Knight Knows– Dean Koontz (Bantam)
Harlem is Nowhere:A Journey to the Mecca of Black America
Sharita Rhodes Pitts (Little Brown)
The Intimates– Ralph Sassone (FSG)
The Death Marches:The Final Phase of Nazi Genocide -Daniel Blatman
( Belknap Press)
Cinderella Ate My Daughter Peggy Orenstein ( Harper Collins)
Skippy Dies-PAul Murray (Faber& Faber)
Marshall McCluhan:You Know Nothing of My Work! – Doug Coupland
(Atlas &; Co)
Losing Graceland – Micah Nathan ( Broadway)
The Terror of Living– Urban Waite (Little Brown)

2 Responses to “Books, Books and More Books”

  1. Austin Ratner February 23, 2011 at 9:09 pm #

    I’m a slow reader. Once I calculated how many more books I’ll be able to get through if I continue at my present rate to median life expectancy. I don’t recommend this. It’s depressing. But I find it to be added incentive not to read Portrait of a Lady.

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