Friday, October 9, 2009

Friday Finds

Some fun finds this week.

I picked up German for Travelers, by Norah Labiner, from the sale table at work. It's a novel about a family mystery and a trip back to Germany by descendants of a famous German Jewish psychoanalyst.

I had two little bookstore shopping sprees last week- first to Porter Square Books, where I bought Nicholson Baker's new book, The Anthologist, and 2009's The Best American Nonrequired Reading. I've been a Nicholson Baker fan for years and I'm excited to read his latest; I also really enjoy the annual Nonrequired Reading series, which I've been reading on and off since 2003.

For my second spree, I hit the Harvard Book Store, where I picked up books by my two political idols- the late Edward Kennedy and the very living Madeleine Albright. I couldn't go to Albright's reading in Cambridge last week, but I've admired her for years and have been enjoying dipping in and out of her delightful book, Read My Pins: Stories from a Diplomat's Jewel Box. More later!

Finally, I got my first audiobook today- Muriel Barbery's Gourmet Rhapsody came via LibraryThing's Early Reviewer program. I'm looking forward to "reading" this while I do some handquilting or embroidery over the weekend. I'll let you know how it goes!
What about you?


Blodeuedd said...

My eye fell on the Baker book, must check what that is all about

Katie said...

heck yeah, I want to read True Compass too!

Deb Nance at Readerbuzz said...

Gourmet Rhapsody just came from the library for me. And fifteen new nonfiction picture books. Plus six other grownup books.

Sounds like a wonderful weekend!

gautami tripathy said...

ALL of those interest me! Especially German for Travellers!

Friday Find: Ghostwritten by David Mitchell

The Many Thoughts of a Reader said...

Oh I would love to read the one about Kennedy and the one about the German's sounds good too. :)

Bryan R. Terry said...

Nonrequired Reading looks great! I'll have to check that one out.

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(Diane) Bibliophile By the Sea said...

Sounds like you hit the jackpot this week Marie. I really want to read: True Compass, and Elegance of the Hedgehog. Enjoy!

Amy M. said...

That Albright book sounds terrific!!!

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Zibilee said...

I recently bought one of the older editions of Best American Non Required Reading a few weeks ago, and I read a bit of it the other night. I think I am going to have to grab some more recent volumes because the one I have is really entertaining. I am also curious to hear what you think of The Anthologist. I hope you enjoy it.