My Embarrassment of Riches

12 May

To be the recipient of a steady harvest of real, old fashioned paper and boards books is great delight mitigated only by my own limitations as a reader— I receive as many books in a week or two as I can realistically read in a year. Thus the glass-half-full, glass- half-empty aspect of such good fortune. Of course it is best not to dwell on such distracting thoughts.

Recently, I have been all over the map in my current reading forays: the hard scrabble of Newfoundland in the 19th century in’s wonderous (Other Press); all over the USA as Thomas Perry reprises The Butcher’s Boy inThe Informant (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt);rural, small town Iowa , Chicago and a few other places in Jean Thompson’s well- told (SImon & Schuster); a brief trip to Cuba and 1950’s New York and back to Germany with’s 7th Bernie Gunther novel (Putnam); Fargo, North Dakota and Canada in Joaanna Skibrud’s Giller Award winning novel The Sentimentalists (WW Norton) , Oslo (Norway) and its surroundings with hard boiled homicide detective Harry Hole in (Knopf) and thye killing fields of the first World War’s western front in’s engaging : A Story of Loyalty and Rebellion, 1914-1918 (Houghton MIfflin Harcourt) .

By the way, Amy Goodman chats with Hochchild about his new opus. Need I point out his thoughts on the War to End all Wars have present day currency?

And here’s the books I have received recently:

Seven Years -Peter Stamm, Michael Hofmann (Translator) Other Press

Eisenhower 1956: The President’s Year of Crisis–Suez and the Brink of War– David. A. Nichols (Simon & Schuster )

Campy: The Two Lives of Roy Campanella– Neil Lanctot (Simon & Schuster)

Great Soul: Mahatma Gandhi and His Struggle with India– Joseph Lelyveld (Knopf)

The Pale King– David Foster Wallace, Michael Pietsch (Editor) ( Little Brown)

Imagining Mars: A Literary History :Early Classics of Science Fiction– Robert Crossley ( Wesleyan University Press)

Umm Kulthum Artistic Agency and the Shaping of an Arab Legend, 1967–2007</em>- Laura Lohman (Wesleyan University Press)

The Strange Life of Objects: The Art of Annette Lemieu– Lelia Amalfitano Judith Hoos Fox (Krannert Art Museum)

What’s This, Bombardier?: Poems– Ryan Flaherty Louisiana State University Press)

Powering the Dream: The History and Promise of Green Technology – Alexis Madrigal (Author (Da Capo)

Invisible Strings: Poems</em- Jim Moore (Graywolf Press)

Serious Men: A Novel -Manu Joseph (WW Norton)

The Free World: A Novel -David Bezmozgis (FSG)

Blind Sight: A Novel – Meg Howrey (Pantheon)

Open Secrets: WikiLeaks, War, and American Diplomacy – New York Times Staff), Alexander Star (Editor) Grove Press

Song of Slaves in the Desert– Alan Cheuse ((Sourcebooks)

Boneheads: My Search for T. Rex -Richard Polsky (Council Oak Books)

West of Here-Jonathan Evison (Algonquin Books)

The Monster: How a Gang of Predatory Lenders and Wall Street Bankers Fleeced America–and Spawned a Global Crisis -Michael W. Hudson (Henry Holt)

American Uprising: The Untold Story of America’s Largest Slave Revolt – Daniel Rasmussen (Harper)

Mad as Hell: The Crisis of the 1970s and the Rise of the Populist Right – Dominic Sandbrook (Knopf)

The Omega Theory: A Novel– Mark Alpert (Touchstone)

A Real Van Gogh: How the Art World Struggles with Truth– Henk Tromp (Amsterdam University Press)

Family of Shadows: A Century of Murder, Memory, and the Armenian American Dream– Garin K. Hovannisian (Harper)

Come to the Edge: A Memoir -Christina Haag (Spiegel & Grau)

The Secret of Chanel No. 5: The Intimate History of the World’s Most Famous
-Tilar J. Mazzeo (Harper)

Disintegration: The Splintering of Black AmericaEugene Robinson (Doubleday)

Tiger Hills – Sarita Mandanna (Grand Central)

The Philosophical Breakfast Club: Four Remarkable Friends Who Transformed Science and Changed the World-Laura J. Snyder (Broadway)

Twice a Spy: A Novel -Keith Thomson, (Doubleday)

Dancing in the Glory of Monsters: The Collapse of the Congo and the Great War of Africa -Jason Stearns (PublicAffairs)

Knuckler: My Life with Baseballs Most Confounding Pitch -Tim Wakefield (Houghton MIfflin Harcourt)

Rodin’s Debutante-Ward Just, (Houghton MIfflin Harcourt)

The Cardboard Valise– Ben Katchor ( Pantheon)

Cry Liberty: The Great Stono River Slave Rebellion of 1739 (-Peter Charles Hoffer(Oxford University Press)

Modern Life: Edward Hopper and His Time– Ortrud Westheider (Editor), Michael Philipp (Editor) (Hirmer Verlag)

The Collected Stories of Deborah Eisenberg [– Deborah Eisenberg (IPicador)

Ugly Beauty: Helena Rubinstein, L’Oréal, and the Blemished History of Looking Good-Ruth Brandon (Harper)

Film Isms… Understanding Cinema -Ronald Bergan (Universal)

If You Leave Us Here, We Will Die: How Genocide Was Stopped in East Timor-Geoffrey Robinson (Princeton U Press)

Black Gotham: A Family History of African Americans in Nineteenth-Century New York City– Carla L. Peterson (Yale University Press )

The Social Animal: The Hidden Sources of Love, Character, and AchievementDavid Brooks (Random House)

The Savage City: Race, Murder, and a Generation on the Edge– T. J. English (William Morrow)

Almost a Family: A Memoir -John Darnton(Knopf)

American Hebrew Literature: Writing Jewish National Identity in the United States– Michael Weingrad (Syracuse University Press)

Zift: A Noir Novel-Vladislav Todorov – Joseph Benatov (Translator) (Paul Dry Books)

In the Time of Bobby Cox: The Atlanta Braves, Their Manager, My Couch, Two Decades, and Me– Lang Whitaker (Scribner)

The Landmark Arrian: The Campaigns of Alexander -James Romm (Editor), Robert B. Strassler (Pantheon)

The Terrible Privacy of Maxwell Sim -Jonathan Coe (Knopf)

Dirtdobber Blues: A Novel -Cyril E. Vetter (LSU Press)

Raising Elijah: Protecting Our Children in an Age of Environmental Crisis-Sandra Steingraber(Da Capo Press)

The Use and Abuse of Literature-Marjorie Garber (Pantheon)

Otherwise Known as the Human Condition: Selected Essays and Reviews– Geoff Dyer (Graywolf)

Funeral for a Dog: A Novel -Thomas Pletzinger Ross Benjamin (Translator) (WW Norton)

What You See in the Dark Manuel Munoz (Algonquin)

In Search of Civilization: Remaking a Tarnished Idea -John Armstrong (Graywolf)

The Rise of the Iron Moon -Stephen Hunt (Tor)

Stephen Crane: Complete Poems– Stephen Crane, Christopher Benfey (Editor) (Library of America)

The Long Road Home: The Aftermath of the Second World War – Ben Shephard (Knopf)

Punching Out: One Year in a Closing Auto Plant-Paul Clemens (Doubleday)

House of Prayer No. 2: A Writer’s Journey Home-Mark Richard (Doubleday)

The Taliban Shuffle: Strange Days in Afghanistan and Pakistan– Kim Barker (Doubleday)

John Adams: Revolutionary Writings, 1755-1775 -John Adams, Gordon Wood (Editor)( Library of America)

John Adams: Revolutionary Writings 1775-1783– John Adams, Gordon Wood (Editor) (Library of America)

Radio Shangri-La: What I Learned in Bhutan, the Happiest Kingdom on Earth– Lisa Napoli (Crown)

Join the Club: How Peer Pressure Can Transform the World– Tina Rosenberg (WW Norton)

The Rise and Fall of Ancient Egypt– Toby Wilkinson (Knopf)

Lee Krasner: A Biography– Gail Levin (WM Morrow)

That’s all folks!

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