More for the Reading List: NYTBR 3 February 2012

That date (not today’s date, which is the 19th, but the date of the NYTBR issue) happens to be Dear Departed Dad’s death anniversary.  Oh Dear Departed Dad, don’t think of Second Daughter too unkindly:  all she’s done has been produce a couple of short story collections and one novella!  While perfecting her reading and cooking skills!  Not to mention gardening!

Now to the NYTBR.  Following, a lits of books self is interested in perusing:

  • Two translations of Mo Yan, both by Howard GoldblattSandalwood Death and Pow!  The review is by Ian Buruma, who says of Mo Yan:  “There is nothing mandarin, or even urbane, about Mo Yan’s work.  He has retained the earthy character of rural Shandong, where he grew up in a farming family.”
  • Recommended by humorist Dave Barry:  Doris Kearns Goodwin’s Team of Rivals, The Code of the Woosters (Wodehouse, self presumes), and A Confederacy of Dunces
  • I, Hogarth, by Michael Dean.  Self is a sucker for English biographies, they follow such an arc (usually, slicing through class divisions)
  • Tenth of December:  Stories, by George Saunders.  Self would read anything by George Saunders.  Anything.  Even if the entire book consisted of just one page.
  • The Lady and Her Monsters:  A Tale of Dissections, Real-Life Dr. Frankensteins, and the Creation of Mary Shelley’s Masterpiece, by Roseanne Montillo.  Three reasons to read this book:  (1)  Mary Shelley herself is a masterpiece.  (2)  It’s about science and literature.  (3)  The review by Deborah Blum is so beguiling.
  • Another biography!  Self is absolutely delirious with happiness!  The Pinecone:  The Story of Sarah Losh, Forgotten Romantic Heroine —  Antiquarian, Architect, and Visionary, by Jenny Uglow
  • Another short story collection!  By a writer self has never heard of before!  The News From Spain:  Seven Variations on a Love Story, by Joan Wickersham

And now, self must get dressed to drop off stuff at the post office.

Stay tuned, dear blog readers.  Stay tuned.


  1. February 19, 2013 at 5:43 pm

    Wow – what a coincidence – my father also died on Feb 19th –

    previous coincidence – one of my closest friends and I share same birth date – she is exactly one year older.

  2. February 19, 2013 at 5:44 pm

    Sorry – I read your post too fast –

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