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October 1, 2007

So many Penguins

Well, my fears were unwarranted. The Victoria College Books Sale had more than enough books for me and the WOTS crew. And there’s still more, and you can fill a box tomorrow morning for a tenner if you’re interested. But I am finished. From the top left: Forever by Judy Blume, so my future-children can have naughty books around the house appropriate to their age group; Volume Two of Woolf’s Diaries, as I’ve only read the last one so far; Penelope’s Way by Blanche Howard, who I’ve wanted to read since her letters were published last Spring; Larry’s Party by Carol Shields, which, though I can’t believe it, I’ve never read; The Tree of Life by Fredelle Bruser Maynard; Rose Macaulay’s The World my Wilderness; Breath, Eyes, Memory by Edwidge Danticat; another Penelope Lively– Cleopatra’s Sister; The Penguin Encyclopedia of Places from 1965, purchased for charm and not currency; At Home in the World by Joyce Maynard, whose sister has already demonstrated that Maynards write good books; Woolf’s last novel Between the Acts; Look at Me by Anita Brookner; Dominick Dunne’s Another City, Not My Own, as we love his books at our house; Lessing’s The Golden Notebook even though Joan Didion doesn’t like it; Lucky Jim by Kingsley Amis; two Graham Greenes– The Heart of the Matter, which I’ve read, and Brighton Rock, which I haven’t; Perfect Happiness by Penelope Lively; The Last Thing He Wanted by Joan Didion; Beach Music by Pat Conroy, which my mom, sister and I love together, and my previous copy I left in Japan.

I am now, quite officially, overbooked.

3 thoughts on “So many Penguins”

  1. Rebecca Rosenblum says:

    If you read and adore The Golden Notebook, my mother will officially like you better than me.

    For myself, the only one of these I’ve read is Larry’s Party, which was in high school. I think it was probably good.

  2. The Chapati Kid says:

    Brighton Rock all the way. Pinky and Ida were my official teen literary obsessions. It was the first time I learned about Catholic guilt, and how I became interested in film noir — because of the way the book is written. I even made a pilgrimage to the pier when I studied in London.

  3. Kerry says:

    I went to Brighton on my honeymoon, and fell in love with the place. Can’t wait to read this book, particularly on your recommendation. Thanks!

    RR- Your mother will probably never forgive me for waiting so long to read it though, so I think you’re safe.

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