Friday, March 12, 2010

Friday Finds - And the Official End to My Book-Buying Ban

Three finds this week.

First of all, I need to tell you I've officially scrapped the whole no-new-books-for-Lent thing. What was I thinking? I can't go 40 whole days without buying a book. As if!

I bought Wish Her Safe at Home, by Stephen Benatar, newly reissued by NYRB Classics and originally published in 1982. I read about this book on a blog- I'm sorry, I can't remember whose- and it sounded like something I'd love. So I bought it. It's even signed.

Cities of Salt, by Abdelrahman Munif, is about the oil trade in the Middle East and the cultural disruption which ensues when oil is discovered. I found it in a great used bookstore in Harvard Square, Raven Used Books, and something about it piqued my interest.

The latest installment in the wonderful Rabbi Harvey graphic novel series, Rabbi Harvey vs. The Wisdom Kid, arrived thanks to author Steve Sheinkin. I'm a huge fan of Rabbi Harvey in all his unibrowed splendor, so, thank you Steve- I'm already reading it.

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