Friday, September 16, 2011

Friday Finds- A Cool Week in Books

The Girl in the Polka Dot Dress, Beryl Bainbridge's last novel, came for review from Europa Editions. I'll be reading it either later this month or in early October for the Europa Challenge. I've heard such wonderful things already.

I picked up Oil on Water, by Helon Habila, and Speak, Memory, by Vladimir Nabokov when I was out with Dawn and Sandy last Friday, at Trident Books and Raven Used Books, respectively. I've always meant to read Speak, Memory, Nabokov's autobiography, and Dawn made Oil on Water sound fantastic. Book pusher! Dawn also gave me a galley of Stephen Kellman's Pigeon English, shortlisted for the Booker Prize. I hope it wins so I can have the galley for my collection!

I got The Book of Disquiet, by Fernando Pessoa, after reading about him in Carmela Ciuraru's wonderful Nom de Plume: A (Secret) History of Pseudonyms. It's different- more of a series of reflections than a story per se. But I like it.
I cheated a little and ordered A.S. Byatt's new book, Ragnarok, from Britain because there was no way I could wait until whenever it comes out here. It's part of the Canongate Myths series; other entries include Margaret Atwood's The Penelopiad and Jeanette Winterson's Weight. I don't know if I should review it here yet; what do you think?

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