Since Self is Dining Alone: NYTBR 25 November 2007

Since hubby informed self that he wouldn’t be home until 8 or thereabouts, self decided to go ahead and have dinner. Which she prepares in a jiffy, since all she has to do is open the refrigerator and take out the Never-Ending Ham — yes, that same ham that she purchased over a week ago. The thing with ham is, it never quite gets old, and self has dreamed up countless variations of how to eat it: ham with hot pan de sal, ham chopped up in fried rice, ham in fettucine carbonara, baked ham and macaroni casserole, etc etc etc. Tonight she’s having ham with pasta.

In addition, self had time to peruse latest issue of The New York Times Book Review. So, here’s the list of books self is interested in reading after perusing the 25 November issue:

(1) After reading George Johnson’s review of James D. Watson’s Avoid Boring People: Lessons From a Life in Science:

James D. Watson’s Avoid Boring People: Lessons From a Life in Science, and Watson’s account of how he and Francis Crick discovered the replicating properties of DNA, a discovery which led to the Nobel Prize, The Double Helix

(2) After reading Katie Hafner’s review of Fake Steve Job’s Options: The Secret Life of Steve Jobs, A Parody :

Fake Steve Job’s Options: The Secret Life of Steve Jobs, A Parody

(3) After reading Walter Kirn’s review of Ha Jin’s novel, A Free Life :

Ha Jin’s A Free Life

(4) After reading Uzodinma Iweala’s review of first-time novelist Matthew Eck’s The Farther Shore :

Matthew Eck’s The Farther Shore

(5) After reading Martin Walker’s review of Jonathan Schell’s The Seventh Decade: The New Shape of Nuclear Danger, and Richard Rhodes’ Arsenals of Folly: The Making of the Nuclear Arms Race:

Jonathan Schell’s The Seventh Decade: The New Shape of Nuclear Danger, and Richard Rhodes’ The Making of the Atomic Bomb, the book that won him the Pulitzer

(6) After reading Rachel Donadio’s review of Roberto Saviano’s Gomorrah, translated from the Italian by Virginia Jewiss:

Roberto Saviano’s Gomorrah

(7) After reading Josuah Rubenstein’s review of Orlando Figes’ The Whisperers: Private Life in Stalin’s Russia :

Orlando Figes’ The Whisperers: Private Life in Stalin’s Russia

(8) After reading Anne Mendelson’s review of Mort Zachter’s memoir, Dough:

Mort Zachter’s Dough

(9) After reading Sarah Fay’s review of Meir Shalev’s new novel, A Pigeon and a Boy, translated by Evan Fallenberg:

Meir Shalev’s A Pigeon and a Boy

(10) After reading Brian Hall’s review of Diana Abu-Jaber’s new novel, Origin:

Diana Abu-Jaber’s second novel, Crescent

(11) After reading Rachel Donadio’s end-paper essay, Movie Deals, the following books/ stories that have been, or are about to be, adapted for the movies :

Gabriel Garcia Marquez’s Love in the Time of Cholera
Ian McEwan’s Atonement
Marjane Satrapi’s Persepolis
Annie Proulx’s “Brokeback Mountain” (short story)
3 by Tom Perrotta: Election, Little Children, and his latest, The Abstinence Teacher
Rick Moody’s The Ice Storm
Bruce Jay Friedman’s A Change of Plan

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