Friday, November 23, 2012

What's New on the Shelf-Black Friday Edition

I've slowed down on book buying as I've been shopping for Christmas presents, but here are some recent additions to my TBR piles.

Greene on Capri is a memoir by writer Shirley Hazzard about the literary culture on the Italian island of Capri in the mid-20th century. Greene is Graham Greene. It looks interesting to me because I visited Capri earlier this year and I'd love to learn more about it.

Hangover Square by Patrick Hamilton is an older Europa Editions crime novel that I'd seen around a few times and passed on; I decided to pick it up this time because, well, it's one of those books I keep seeing and picking up and putting down. You know how it goes.

Voss, by Patrick White, just came out in Everyman's Library and intrigued me, but I didn't want to buy the expensive hardcover so I got the cheaper Penguin Classics edition. It's about a German man who leads a trip across Australia in the middle of the 19th century, when much of the continent was unexplored by Europeans. I think I'm going to love it!

I also picked up The Eyes of Venice, by Alessandro Barbero, a big sweeping-looking historical novel about Italy. It's not going to be my next Europa read but probably next-after-the-next.

What's new on your shelf this week? Does holiday shopping mean you slow down your book buying or does it stay about the same? Have a great weekend!