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!


bermudaonion said...

I think my book buying stays about the same but I don't do all that much Christmas shopping these days. I hope you enjoy your new books!

ImageNations said...

The last time I added a book to my TBR was Nov 3. It was Search Sweet Country by Kojo Laing.

Enjoy your reading.

Alexia561 said...

I've really slowed down on book buying as well, but don't have the excuse of Christmas shopping as I haven't really started yet. Oops!

Enjoy all of your lovely new books!

As the Crowe Flies and Reads said...

Holy cow--that's a pretty diverse selection and I'm really impressed!

I've determined to start in on a few books this weekend, including Ruth Ozeki's new book, plus a couple of ARCs that Wendy Sheanin sent.

Mystica said...

I like the sound of your Venice book!