NYTBR 8 November 2009: The Queen Mum, A Memoir, and A New Life of Samuel Johnson

Self skipped over new novels by Stephen King and John Irving —  no fault of their authors, but self found herself rather less than enthused after reading the reviews.  Below is the list of books self is interested in reading after perusing the 8 November 2009 issue of The New York Times Book Review:

1.    After reading Joe Queenan’s review of William Shawcross’ The Queen Mother:  The Official Biography :

  • William Shawcross’ The Queen Mother:  The Official Biography (“The authorized biography of a woman who was born as the 20th century was beginning and died about a year after it ended, it is a linear, you-are-there chronicle of the events of her life.  Mostly this means lunches, balls, charity events, shooting parties.”  Self is there, she is soooo there!)

2.    After reading Kate Christensen’s review of Rhoda Janzen’s memoir, Mennonite in a Little Black Dress:  A Memoir of Going Home:

  • Rhoda Janzen’s Mennonite in a Little Black Dress:  A Memoir of Going Home

3.    After reading Harold Bloom’s review of a new biography of Samuel Johnson, David Nokes’ Samuel Johnson:  A Life :

  • David Nokes’ Samuel Johnson:  A Life
  • Samuel Johnson’s Lives of the Poets
  • James Boswell’s Life of Samuel Johnson

4.    After reading Joseph Salvatore’s short reviews in the Fiction Chronicle, the following novels:

  • A first novel by H. M. Naqvi, Home Boy
  • Sam Savage’s second novel, The Cry of the Sloth:  The Mostly Tragic Story of Andrew Whittaker, Being His Collected, Final, and Absolutely Complete Writings
  • Sam Savage’s first novel, Firmin

Stay tuned, dear blog readers.  Stay tuned.

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