Friday, June 12, 2009

Friday Finds

My week in books has been modest but meaningful. I'm happy about two things apart from acquiring books. First, I found a terrific little used bookstore, Lorem Ipsum, in a quiet Cambridge neighborhood where I frequently eat but don't usually shop. It's small and idiosyncratic, with a you-never-know-what-you'll-find selection, and a laid-back, friendly staff. In other words, it's perfect, and I look forward to lots of browsing and buying. The second thing I'm happy about is that I took some time to clean up my den and pull out a bunch of books to sell, which will mean that I'll have some additional funds to buy.

I got three new books this week.
  • Women and Judaism, an academic book of essays edited by Rabbi Malka Drucker. I received it via the Catholic Library Association, for a professional review assignment,
  • If I Told You Once, a novel by the great Judy Budnitz. I've been a fan of her short fiction for years and can't wait to read this book. Her stories have appeared in The Best American Non-Required Reading, This Is Not Chick Lit and elsewhere, and
  • The Hummingbird's Daughter, by Luis Alberto Urrea. My book budget will not allow me to purchase his new hardcover book, Into the Beautiful North, so I'm going to settle for a paperback of an earlier title for now. It looks wonderful.