Here are self’s selections from the big, fat New York Times Book Review Summer Reading issue. It’s sad, really, but self only came up with a handful of books. She decided that, given the snail’s pace at which she’s been reading lately, from now on she has to exercise maximum discretion in adding books to her reading list:
two by Patricia Highsmith: People Who Knock on the Door and Deep Water (recommended by Alexander McCall Smith)
Look Homeward, Angel by Thomas Wolfe (Self finds the title exceedingly corny, but this one was recommended by Joy Williams)
Lady at the O. K. Corral: The True Story of Josephine Marcus Earp, by Ann Kirschner (reviewed by Sara Wheeler, who says the book “deftly conjures the thrill and squalor of frontier boomtowns and mining camps.” Sold!)
two new mysteries: The Square of Revenge, by Belgian author Pieter Aspe, and The Body in the Piazza, by Katherine Hall Page (reviewed by Marilyn Stasio)
three classic travel books: Their Heads Are Green and Their Hands are Blue, by Paul Bowles; Falconry in the Valley of the Indus, by Richard Burton; and The Sheltering Sky, by Paul Bowles (mentioned by Chris Wallace in the end-paper essay, “Literary Excursions,” about “the adventure-memoirists of earlier generations.”)
Stay tuned, dear blog readers. Stay tuned.