On Searching for Jesse Kellerman in the Library, and NYTBR 27 May 2012

Self is definitely on a roll.  Yesterday, she received yet another story acceptance, this one from J Journal.

It is Thursday, self missed the San Carlos Farmers Market.  But she did cook up a passable dinner of baby back pork spare ribs, and green salad, and fried rice with mushrooms and green beans.  No dessert, sorry.

Earlier, she dashed to the downtown Redwood City Library and looked up a mystery called Trouble, by Jesse Kellerman.  In trolling the web last week, she stumbled on the author’s bio, and she also happened to remember hearing his name from somewhere (probably from an old NYTBR), and she discovered that there were 8 copies in the Peninsula Library System, all of them checked out.

Then, because self is ever hopeful, she decided to check and see the status of her own Mayor of the Roses.  The Peninsula Library System has six copies, of which none are checked out.


In The NYTBR of 27 May 2012 (Hey, that was only a few days ago!  Way to go, self!  You are on a roll!), there is an interview with a very special woman (President of Harvard) with a very special name, one that has three parts:  Drew.  Gilpin.  Faust.  Self particularly loves the “Faust” part.

From this interview, self derives the titles of six books she is now interested in reading (In contrast, the interview with Hugh Dancy only produced two):

  • The Stranger’s Child, by Alan Hollinghurst
  • Thinking, Fast and Slow, by Daniel Kahneman
  • Behind the Beautiful Forevers, by Katherine Boo
  • the Library of America’s The Civil War:  The Second Year Told by Those Who Lived It
  • Albert Camus’s The Plague (Self read this many years ago; it’s probably not a bad idea to give it another go-round)
  • What It Is Like to Go to War, by Karl Marlantes

And there is also the enormous pleasure of reading “A Bloody Season,” Charles McGrath’s review of Hilary Mantel’s latest novel, Bring Up the Bodies.  In his review, McGrath pays Mantel the ultimate author accolade:  “Mantel has no consistent, easily identifiable set of novelistic preoccupations —  unless it’s the persistence of evil in a world that doesn’t always recognize it —  and no fallback kit of stylistic tricks.”

There is also “Family Secrets,” a review by Emily Cooke of Aerogrammes, a debut short story collection by Tania James.  And “Thank You for Your Service, Sort Of,” a review by Andrew J. Bacevich of Those Who Have Borne the Battle:  A History of America’s Wars and Those Who Fought Them, by Dartmouth College President James Wright.  Bacevich says of Wright:  “In the aftermath of 9/11, Wright began periodically visiting military hospitals, not standard fare for an Ivy League president.  His encounters with severely wounded soldiers —  and his discomfort with present-day civil-military relations —  spurred him to write this book.”

Stay tuned, dear blog readers.  Stay tuned.

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