The Gods Have Been Kind: Return of the NYTBR Post

In spite of self’s having had just two hours of sleep last night (She fell asleep on couch and woke up just after midnight to find herself alone in the living room, with flashing Christmas tree lights, blaring TV and snoring doggies), self does not have any apparent eye bags. Yesterday, self was chatting to Dear Cuz in Virginia (who had just sent over a tin of Food for the Gods, yummy yummy for self’s tummy) and complaining about her muffin belly.  “You do not have a muffin belly,” cuz declared, stoutly.  “Plus, I’m bald,” self said.  On that particular point, cousin refrained from comment.

This morning, self decided to bite the bullet and resume her subscription to The New York Times Book Review (which ran out in June).  After being directed hither and thither, self knew she had finally arrived at the right place when the man who came on the line had an unmistakable Noo Yawk accent.

Self then learned that, sometime around the time when self’s six-year subscription expired, last summer, the cost of the subscription had gone up by 50%.  It used to be $65/year, and today self learned it was $91.  That.did.give.her.pause.  Especially since she was staring into the black and silent maw of floor furnace, which last Friday had mysteriously decided to give up the ghost.

But, nothing ventured, nothing gained!  Self grit her teeth and told the salesman, “Go ahead!  Make my day!”  No, what self really said was, “Put it on my Visa!”

So, the first issue should be arriving sometime next week.  In the meantime, here is self with last Sunday’s issue (Dec. 14), ready to post about the books she is interested in reading:

(1)   After reading the list of “10 Best Books of 2008,” (which of course includes Roberto Bolaño’s 2666), self is interested in reading the following:

  • Joseph O’Neill’s “seductive” novel, Netherland
  • Jhumpa Lahiri’s new story collection, Unaccustomed Earth
  • New York Times correspondent Dexter Filkins’ The Forever War
  • Drew Gilpin Faust’s “powerful” This Republic of Suffering:  Death and the American Civil War

(2)   After reading Tom McCarthy’s review of Belgian novelist Jean-Philippe Touissant’s Camera:

  • Jean-Philippe Touissant’s Camera

(3)   After reading Sophie Gee’s review of Philip Hensher’s multigenerational epic, The Northern Clemency:

  • Philip Hensher’s The Northern Clemency

(4)   After reading Marilyn Stasio’s “Crime” column, the following mysteries:

  • P. D. James’ latest, The Private Patient
  • James Church’s Bamboo and Blood
  • Elizabeth Ironside’s A Good Death

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