As the Weekend Approaches: NYTBR 8 June 2008

Hmm, lots of things to do this weekend. Dearest Mum returns Saturday night from Las Vegas, but as hubby and self will be watching a concert at Davies, assorted uncles and aunts have been vying with each other for the opportunity to fetch Dearest Mum from the airport (Dearest Mum truly the Britney Spears — or maybe the Madonna — of her generation. At least, as far as the relatives are concerned). Dearest Mum indicates she might be able to meet us in the city for drinks after the concert (By that time self will be yawning mightily, ready to crawl into bed, but self knows better than to indicate such, merely nods sagely at Dearest Mum’s proposal)

“The Incredible Hulk” , starring Edward Norton, opens today. Now, this is a movie self badly wants to see. And hubby seems open to persuasion. It’s showing on several screens in the old cinema on East Bayshore. The theatres there are huge and self loves it when they get packed with people because she likes to crane her neck and look around and eavesdrop on the various conversations taking place around her. Furthermore, sitting in a packed theatre reminds self of the times she took son to see “The Lion King” or “Independence Day,” movies that always lent the summer a particular flavor, and so the experience always makes her happy.

Sunday is Father’s Day, so self is treating hubby to Lobster Shack, our fave restaurant of the moment! The Captain’s Platter (fried everything — fish, potatoes, shrimp, clams, you name it) is to die for.

Thinking back, yesterday was quite a productive day, for self wrote a bit in the morning, and around noon watered the garden, and in the afternoon watched “The Mist” (which was a complete waste of the actor Thomas Jane, who self usually likes to watch), and around 6 p.m. wended to the San Carlos Farmers Market, where she purchased a gallon of fresh-squeezed o.j. ($6 — and so sweet!) and a loaf of cinnamon bread (She’s already had four slices, aaargh!).

The Celtics beat the Lakers: Hubby returned home just in time to watch the game’s last quarter, and he was whooping excitedly like a schoolboy.

Without further ado, here are the books self is interested in reading after perusing The New York Times Book Review of 8 June 2008:

(1) After reading Jeff Stein’s review of Eric Lichtblau’s Bush’s Law: The Remaking of American Justice:

(2) After reading Bryan Burrough’s review of Alexandra Fuller’s The Legend of Colton T. Bryant:

  • Alexandra Fuller’s The Legend of Colton T. Bryant

(3) After reading Thomas Mallon’s review of A Voyage Round John Mortimer, Valerie Grove’s biography of the Rumpole creator :

  • Valerie Grove’s A Voyage Round John Mortimer

(4) After reading Diane Johnson’s review of Yasmina Reza’s Dawn, Dusk or Night: A Year with Nicolas Sarkozy :

  • Yasmina Reza’s Dawn, Dusk or Night: A Year with Nicolas Sarkozy

(5) After reading David Greenberg’s review of Joseph E. Persico’s examination of FDR’s sex life, Franklin and Lucy: President Roosevelt, Mrs. Rutherfurd, and the Other Remarkable Women in His Life:

  • Bob Woodward and Carl Bernstein’s 1976 book on Nixon, The Final Days

(6) After reading Deborah Weisgall’s review of Joanna Hershon’s novel, The German Bride:

  • Joanna Hershon’s The German Bride

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