Welcome to my first post of 2008! I realized I haven't done a post on new book acquisitions in a while and I have a few things to share.
Here are the books I received as gifts:
Thunderstruck and The Art of Simple Food were from my husband and I think he made terrific choices. Thunderstruck is by Erik Larson, author of Devil in the White City - which I loved (and my husband devoured last week). The Art of Simple Food is going to be a great read and a great resource. It is written by Alice Waters founder of Chez Panisse and seems to be more of her own work than her other books (which have generally been co written according to what I've read). The third book, The Florist's Daughter is a memoir by a local woman and was given to me by my in-laws. I am really looking forward to it. Not pictured is a giftcard to Borders (yeah!) which I've already begun using by ordering Michael Pollan's new book.
Half Price Books had a big sale and here's what I picked up - I shopped two different locations:
From left to right:
Wilderness Tips by Margaret Atwood - I love her writing and thought I should try her short stories.
My Place by Sally Morgan - An autobiography of an Australian Aborigine - I've been interested in this topic since I read Bryson's book on Australia.
The Book of Lost Things by John Connolly - There are so many great blog reviews of this.
Falling Blossom by Peter Pagnamenta and Momoko Williams - Published in the US as Sword and Blossom, this is a love story between a British officer and a Japanese woman.
The Shadow of the Wind by Carlos Ruiz Zafon - A book I always think I ought to read.
The Chimney Sweeper's Boy by Barbara Vine - Well, I love Barbara Vine!
The Ghost Writer by John Harwood - A purchase directly related to great blog reviews.
Daughter of Earth by Agnes Smedley - A Virago Modern Classic and my bargain purchase at only 80 cents.
The Shell Seekers by Rosamunde Pilcher - An old love of mine, this has the same floral cover my copy had and doesn't look as though it's been read. I had wanted to replace this book, but was not crazy about the new cover.
Whew! What a way to start the year.
I have also been spending time lately watching a few films. I have been enjoying the Up Series, starting with Seven Up. This series began following British children in 1964 and checks in with them every 7 years. It's just a fascinating social document and I look forward to watching the rest of the series ( the most recent is 49 Up, released in 2005).
I have also had the great pleasure of watching Cranford. How you might ask? Ah, the power of Y** T*b*. My girlfriend from work and I have been delighting over the series and we agree that it is one of our favorite 'period' productions and would love to own it and watch it over and over.