Friday, January 4, 2013

New On the Shelf-Post Christmas Edition


So I didn't really ask for a lot of books this year, and most of them were cookbooks or craft books, which I won't bore you with- basically slow cooking, quilting and papercrafts. I'm sure you'll be seeing the results of those books on the blog sometime soon anyway!

I got three novels- Swimming Home, by Deborah Levy; The Conspiracy, by Paul Nizan; and Tell the Wolves I'm Home, by Carol Rifka Brunt. Swimming Home was shortlisted for the Booker and appealed to me as a quiet literary novel. The Conspiracy is a WW2 thriller and Tell the Wolves was a book that I found browsing and later found out a lot of my friends really loved. A no-brainer!

And since I can't stay out of bookstores, especially used bookstores, I managed to find a few things on my own too.
Between Two Seas is an older Europa Editions title set in southern Italy, about a painter. I couldn't resist!
The Obscene Bird of Night, by José Donoso, is a weird-looking book set in a mental hospital that I just couldn't say no to. We'll see how I do with it. Sometimes I find books by browsing spines for the publisher; this one came from Godine, which often does interesting and unusual fiction.

What's new on your shelf this week?