Sunday, May 3, 2009

Sunday Salon



So Free Comic Book Day was fun yesterday; I went to Harrison's Comics in Salem, Massachusetts, and came home with an armload of samplers and specials- super hero stuff, kids' stuff, all kinds of stuff. I haven't really had a chance to look through it all thoroughly but I'll get there.

In other Sunday news, I'm reading Harriette Arnow's 1954 classic The Dollmaker, a longish novel about a rural family forced to move to World War II-era Detroit, when the husband of the family gets a factory job. The family, headed by matriarch Gertie, is uprooted from their Kentucky farm and must make do amidst harsh urban poverty. It's beautifully written and I'm enjoying it; I'm not sure it's supposed to be exactly uplifting but it is a lovely example of American literary writing. More later.

Just as an FYI, I won't be posting much over the next few days. Memes and reviews and such are on hold while I get ready for the Massachusetts Library Association Conference this week. I'll have lots of news and posts afterwards, and maybe one or two little posts during the conference, but in the meantime I won't be posting much. I hope you all have a great week and I'll be back in a few days!

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12 comments:

Gavin said...

Wow, I didn't know about free comic book day! I'll have to remember it for next year.

debnance said...

I hope your library conference is as much for you as the Texas Library Association conference was for me.

Candy Schultz said...

I read the Dollmaker thirty years ago. It made an impression and I can still remember most of it. They made a film with Jane Fonda not long after that. I think the film was good but I remember the book far better.

kalea_kane said...

YOU went to HARRISON'S!!!!! I used to go to Harrison's all the time when I lived in Rhode Island. I got a very extensive Knights of the Dinner Table collection through them. They were one of our first stops when we would stay in Salem. Ahhhh good times. :) I also got my favorite BVS baseball cap there. :) It is so nice to know it is still there. I haven't been back in like three years. :(

Ali said...

Drat, I had a sleepless night Friday and totally spaced Free Comic Book day on Saturday! But I did get a copy of Gene Luen Yang & Derek Kirk Kim's The Eternal Smile in the mail today from Debnance, so I can't complain too much. :-)

Serena said...

we didn't do much this weekend...but allergies will do that to you...though I did plant some seeds for my patio garden this year!

Nymeth said...

Free Comic Book Day is such a great idea. I wish we had it over here. I hope the conference is great! See you in a few days :)

Amy said...

I'm sorry I missed this! I haven't been in a comic book store in a long time and this would have been a great excuse!!!

-Amy
(Life by Candlelight)

Zibilee said...

Wow! That looks like a great haul that you've got there. I am interested in the book you are reading now as well, I hope that you are enjoying it and am looking forward to the review. It sounds like something I would really like.

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Heather said...

I got a suggestion to read Fun Home, which is a memoir in graphic novel form.

Have you ever heard of it? Recommendations?

Marie said...

Heather, yes I reviewed it here: http://www.bostonbibliophile.com/2009/03/graphic-novel-monday-fun-home-by-alison.html
It's awesome!