Yet More Books!

Self’s on a roll! Might as well keep on going.

Here is the latest issue of The Women’s Review of Books, and self has actually managed to read it from cover to cover, and selected the following books which she is most interested in reading:

(1) After reading Carol Bere’s review of Eilat Negev and Yehuda Koren’s Lover of Unreason: Assia Wevill, Sylvia Plath’s Rival and Ted Hughes’ Doomed Love:

    Diane Middlebrook’s 2003 biography, Her Husband: Hughes and Plath, A Marriage
    Fay Weldon’s 2002 book on Assia Wevill, Auto da Fay
    Ted Hughes’ collection, Birthday Letters

(2) After reading Sandi E. Cooper’s review of Kristin Henderson’s While They’re at War: The True Story of American Families on the Homefront and Tanya Biank’s Under the Sabers: The Unwritten Code of Army Wives :

    Kristin Henderson’s While They’re at War: The True Story of American Families on the Homefront
    Tanya Biank’s Under the Sabers: The Unwritten Code of Army Wives

Bone-Chilling October & NYTBR 7 October 2007

Is there anything more depressing than a bone-chilling October evening in California? Is there anything more depressing than walking into a dark, small, messy, cold house on a bone-chilling October evening in California? Perhaps the only thing more depressing is the fact that self has discovered she can’t both eat the Mrs. Field’s oatmeal raisin cookie she has on her lap, and type.

Oh, wait! There is one ray of hope in all this gloom: hubby will not be home for hours and hours, self does not have to worry about dinner for hours and hours, and she can blog!

And she’d better get on with the blogging now, as tomorrow self expects to have a very depressing experience in English 1B. Yesterday, when self instructed students to write a reflection on the Anne Sexton poem, “Her Kind”, little darlings professed amazement! Astonishment! Dismay! “We don’t know what you want,” students whined, especially self’s favorite, girl self will refer to only as A, who freely admitted she had gotten a “C” in her last English class. On making a round of the desks, self saw many students staring into space, not writing. Ah, self sees the writing on the wall: they’ve realized that self’s extemporaneous teaching style is very very open to manipulation. In other words, they’ve caught on that self is a pushover. Ah, poor self, condemned to two more months of attempting to teach dis-interested students at xxxx community college.

In the meantime, self has managed to lose herself for a few moments in perusing NYTBR of Oct. 7 (The Sept. 30 is somewhere, she knows not where). Following, the list of books self is interested in reading after perusing aforementioned publication:

(1) After reading Jennifer Gilmore’s review of Ursula Hegi’s new novel, The Worst Thing I’ve Done :

Ursula Hegi’s The Worst Thing I’ve Done

(2) After reading Will Blythe’s review of George Saunders’ essay collection, The Braindead Megaphone :

George Saunders’ The Braindead Megaphone

(3) After reading Christopher Benfey’s review of Jonathan D. Spence’s Return to Dragon Mountain: Memories of a Late Ming Man :

Jonathan D. Spence’s Return to Dragon Mountain: Memories of a Late Ming Man

(4) After reading James Campbell’s review of The Journal of Joyce Carol Oates, 1973- 1982, edited by Greg Johnson :

The Journal of Joyce Carol Oates, 1973- 1982, edited by Greg Johnson

(5) After reading David Leavitt’s review of Graham Swift’s new novel, Tomorrow:

Graham Swift’s new novel, Tomorrow

(6) After reading Marilyn Stasio’s “Crime” column:

Ivo Stourton’s first novel, The Night Climbers
Icelander Arnaldur Indridason’s Voices
Icelander Yrsa Sigurdardottir’s Last Rituals
Swede Mari Jungstedt’s Unspoken

(7) After reading Kyla Dunn’s review of David M. Friedman’s The Immortalists: Charles Lindbergh, Dr. Alexis Carrel, and Their Daring Quest to Live Forever :

David M. Friedman’s The Immortalists: Charles Lindbergh, Dr. Alexis Carrel, and Their Daring Quest to Live Forever

(8) After reading Rachel Donadio’s end-paper essay, “Libel Without Borders” :

J. Millard Burr and Robert O. Collins’ Alms for Jihad
Craig Unger’s House of Bush, House of Saud

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