Well, I finished the three books I was reading last week- Stav Sherez's Eleven Days, a crime thriller set in London, and Elvira Dones' Sworn Virgin, a very unusual novel with an unusual topic, which I'll tell you more about soon. They were both really good and both coincidentally about the country of Albania in one way or another. And I finished White Teeth. I wonder if kids read this in high school yet because it is a quintessential read-in-high-school kind of book. I enjoyed it a lot too. I didn't plan that! I also bought and flipped through and used a fun book called Queens: A Culinary Passport, which is a guide to ethnic restaurants in the borough of New York City in which I live. This is not the kind of book you read cover to cover necessarily; it's more of a reference, and it's great. More on that soon too!
This week I'm treating myself to two backlisters: in celebration of a new biography of Penelope Fitzgerald coming out next month, Random House has reissued three of Fitzgerald's novels in a new Everyman's edition and I'll be reading The Bookshop from that volume. The Everyman's edition also contains The Blue Flower and The Gate of Angels and I look forward to those, as well.
Alongside, I'm starting Paule Marshall's Praisesong for the Widow, which is just one of those always-wanted-to-read books.
Finally, I'll start reading Ludmila Petrushevskaya's new collection, There Once Lived A Mother Who Loved Her Children, Until They Moved Back In: Three Novellas About Family. Her work is always edgy, tough and awesome. I can't wait!