Tuesday, March 4, 2008

The book gods have been good to me lately. Very, very good.

This isn't even all of them. I'm frankly too lazy to go hunt down the rest.


I didn't purchase all these. Six of them came from paperbackswap. A few are gifts. A few are prizes - thanks Iliana and LibraryThing!


I did not arrange them into any sort of order here. Let's see...we have 13 fiction books, 6 nonfiction, 2 Viragos, 4 about India, many that would not be there if it were not for all of your recommendations.


I promised myself I wouldn't write about this publisher again after what Elaine has so aptly named Yammergate. I figured I'd still buy from them but not advertise anymore. But I have to show you this book. It's available from US Amazon. It only cost around $10. And it's really, really lovely. The same size as the others, it is beautifully published with a gorgeous cover and luxurious paper inside. It does look a little more bookstore-friendly than their other editions. I hope there will be more to come. That I don't already own.


Here is the inside cover. I love the flap.

18 comments:

Les said...

Lovely stacks!! I have a few myself. Lots of birthday/Christmas books, as well as gifts from friends and ARCs from work or publicists. Good luck with yours!

Cath said...

Excellent stacks! Some interesting looking reads there. Look forward to hearing about the Rohinton Mistry - I have the anthology you blogged about recently on my library pile. I enjoyed Miss Pettigrew but my copy is not as nice as yours.

BooksPlease said...

Lucky you! That's an awesome pile of books. I'm reading Half of a Yellow Sun at the moment - it's really good.

Bybee said...

Tasty stack.
I really love the cover of Miss Pettigrew.

StuckInABook said...

Ooh, I want that Miss Pettigrew - though I already have the original Persephone copy... They're also doing Someone at a Distance by Dorothy Whipple, and one of Mollie Panter-Downes' short story collections, I think it's Good Evening, Mrs. Craven.

Persephone books are just too good not to talk about!

Tara said...

Les, thanks! I love looking at stacks of books, my own included.

Cath, I am reading a book of short stories right now by Mistry and am looking forward to the one pictured. I really love his writing.

Booksplease, I'm glad to hear it. I look forward to your thoughts on it.

Bybee, "Tasty stack." I love that!!

Simon, I am looking forward to the Panter-Downes' book since I already own the Whipple. I think you might be right!

Iliana said...

I just love seeing book stacks :)
Enjoy them all!

nutmeg said...

Are you and Danielle at Work In Progress channeling each other? She has a stack up at the moment with a few of the books you have here!

Have you read Geraldine Brooks' Foreign Correspondence - about writing to her penpals when young. I see it has been reprinted here (in Australia)only recently. If you can't get it in the US and would like it drop me a line as I could post one to you.

Can't wait for the Whipple and the Mollie Painter Downes' "Classic" versions to hit Amazon!

Karen said...

Riches untold! (Or should that be "riches told"?) Wonderful piles of books, anyway, and Mollie PD's short stories - when you get them - are superb.

LK said...

Wonderful! Makes me want to dive right in. I love the character name of Miss Pettigrew, don't you? Wish I'd thought of it!

Tara said...

Iliana, thanks, I will!

Nutmeg, isn't that funny?? I have not read Foreign Correspondence - I am going to look into it and let you know. Thanks for the offer!

Karen, Oh, good, I'm glad you enjoyed them, I'm really looking forward to this new edition.

LK, I do love it! The film is released here today and I am so tempted.

Nan - said...

Celia's House is one of my favorite books by one of my favorite authors. I love Stevenson's writings.

Danine said...

I love you you take pics of the stack of books. I need to check out how bookswap works. I have been a member of bookmooch for a few years. I want to win prizes on Librarything! I heart librarything :)-danine

Tara said...

Nan, you know I got it because of you and your recent post, right??

Danine, I'm so glad to see you over here! Thanks for saying hello. Paperbackswap is great - I like it better than bookmooch actually since you're sort of in line for books you want. There seems to be more availability in general.

Danielle said...

What lovely stacks of books! Even nicer when they are mostly freebies in one way or another. And that persephone edition is gorgeous! I wish we could get all of them from Amazon (and discounted!).

Elaine said...

Yammergate or not I still adore the books published by Persephone and still purchase them. Miss Pettigrew Lives for a day is a total joy and I am very much looking forward to seeing the film when it is released.

StuckInABook said...

Just noticed the Barbara Comyns there - wonderful! Haven't read (or got) that one... which have you read? The Juniper Tree is next in line for me.

Tara said...

Danielle, I agree and me too! What a great price.

Elaine, they really are too lovely not to read and own. I am reading Miss Pettigrew now and I just love it.

Simon, this will be my first Comyns - it is a Virago which is why it caught my eye. What else do you recommend?