Black is Black

17 Mar

To Michel de Montaigne goes the attribution of the observation that there are more books about books then any other subject. These days it seems that very favored topic of writers is the existence of books, literature and collateral enterprises and habits. Why editors find such ruminations alluring or think that others do I can not grasp. But their promulagation continues. Nicole Krauss( Great House) ventures forth to comment on The End of Bookstores Krauss does make at least one outstanding observation—questioning the utility of 6 pages of best seller list in the New York Times Book Review. She concludes:

Yes, the technology is real, and, yes, e-books will exist—but why to the exclusion of books and bookstores? Is convenience really the highest American value? When you download an e-book, it is worth stopping to consider what you are choosing, why, and what your choice means. If enough people stop taking their business to bookstores, bookstores—all bookstores—will close. And that, in turn, will threaten a set of values that has been with us for as long as we have had books.

I am not in a position to comment on this alarming possibility as I never venture forth to bookstores selling new books. And in fact I in considering Krauss’s offering I have realized that in the book world it is probably a mirroring of our economy: 10 percent of book owners probably own 90 per cent of the private book collection sin the world. Somebody (but not I ) should make something of that.

In any case the river of books flowing to me continues, unabated ;

Almost A Family– John Darnton (Knopf)
The Return: Russia’s Journey from Gorbachev to – Daniel Treisman (Free Press)
The Bitter Waters of Medicine Creek: A Tragic Clash Between White and Native America-Richard Kluger (Random House)
The Savage City: Race, Murder, and a Generation on the Edge– TJ English (WM Morrow)
The Longest War: The Enduring Conflict between America and Al-Qaeda – Peter Berger (Free Press)
Then Everything Changed: Stunning Alternate Histories of American Politics: JFK, RFK, Carter, Ford, Reagan – Jeff Greenfield (Putnam)
Boombustology :Spotting Financial Bubbles Before They Burst– Vikrim Mansharamani (Wiley)
The Wrong War: Grit, Strategy, and the Way Out of Afghanistan– Bing West (Random House)
Cleaning Nabokov’s House-Leslie Daniels (Touchstone)
Revolution: The Year I Fell in Love and Went to Join the War– Deb Olin Unferth (Henry Holt)
The Weird Sisters– Eleanor Brown (Amy Einhorn Books)
Blood Bones and Butter: The Inadvertent Education of a Reluctant Chef -Gabrielle Hamilton(Random House)
Heat Wave: The Life and Career of Ethel Waters-Donald Bogler (Harper)
Julius Shulman Los Angeles The Birth of A Modern Metropolis (Rizzoli)
All the Time in The World New and Selected Stories– El Doctorow (Random House)
Against All Odds:A Life from Hardship to Hope– Scott Brown (Harper)
The Adults– Alison Espach (Scribner)
Osama Bin Laden -Michael Scheur (Oxford University Press)
13, rue THerese -Elena Mauili SHapiro (Reagan Arthur Books)
So Much Pretty: A Novel– Cara Hoffman (Simon & Schuster)
PU-239 and Other Russian Fantasies -Ken Kalfus (Milkweed)
My Ruby Slippers: The Road Back to Kansas– Tracy Seeley (U of Nebraska Press)
The Colors of Nature– Deming (Milkweed Editions)
The Neo Conservative Persuasion: Selected Essays Irving Kristol -ed by Gertrude Himmelfarb (Basic Books)
The Battle of Britain: Five Months That Changed History; May-October 1940– James Holland (St Martin’s Press)
Toward You -JIm Krusoe (Tin House)
A Strange Stirring: The Feminine Mystique and American Women at the Dawn of the 1960s-Stephanie Coontz(Basic Books)
The Haves and the Have Nots :A Brief and Idiosyncratic History of Global Inequality-Branko Milanovic (Basic Books)
News from the World: Stories & Essays by Paula Fox
Emily, Alone: A Novel – Stewart O’Nan
Lucifer’s Tears– James Thompson (Putnam)
Halfway to Hollywood: Diaries 1980–1988-Michael Palin
Every Riven Thing: Poems -Christian Wiman
The Second Son: A Novel-Jonathan Rabb (FSG)
Poems-Elizabeth Bishop (FSG)
Prose-Elizabeth Bishop /EDITED by Lloyd Schwartz (FSG)
The Devotion of Suspect X -Keigio Higashino (St Martins Press)

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