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Hot Cakes

What book(s) are you most excited about right now? (it can either be something you’re currently reading, or something you just bought, or a book/books that are soon to be published).

Unless they were books by favorite authors, I don’t keep up with the hot-off-the-press books. Classics and period literature continue to capture my attention. Books that are adopted by filmmakers continue to be the source of many a wonderful reads. I’m excited about Mysterious Skin by Scott Heim, which, told from a variety of perspectives, explores the long-term effects of sexual abuse and the coping mechanisms employed by abused children. The Street by Ann Petry is about Lutie Johnson, a young black woman, and her spirited struggle to raise her son amid the violence, poverty, and racial dissonance of Harlem in the late 1940s. Also I will be starting Buried in Books: A Reader’s Anthology by Julie Rugg in daily doses. It’s a collection of essays that muse about books, reading, and bibliophile habits.

10 Responses

  1. I don’t really keep up with the hot-off-the-press books either…I take a more casual approach to finding books. I call it hot and miss. 😉

    • I usually take a look at the new book table at the store to see if anything interests me. I just simply couldn’t keep up, let alone to read them. 🙂

  2. Does an audiocourse on books count? I am listening to the “Classic of British Literature” by a wonderful British professor, John Sutherland. I love learning about Beowulf, Chaucer, The Canterbury Tales while driving.

    Thanks for your post. I’ve got the anthology book by Riggs on my Barnes and Noble wish list.

    • Thanks for the comment. I am going to search out Classic of British Literature because I’ve been a lover of British classic. The Riggs book has been a delight in the morning when I have my sip of coffee. 🙂

  3. Richard. Yates. Revolutionary Road. And The Easter Parade. They are perfect. Kevin

    • Revolutionary Road was so depressing. It made me very sad, but the writing is first-rate. I’ve got to check out Easter Parade. 🙂

  4. I’ve been reading THE HISTORIAN, off-and-on, since 2005, and I hope to finish it one day. I’ve enjoyed it, but it seems like I always have a book club selection to finish or a novel by an author coming to do an event at the bookstore.

    I’m looking forward to reading the hardback copy of CANDYFREAK by Steve Almond that I bought when I visited Malaprops in Asheville. RIP IT UP AND START AGAIN: POST PUNK 1978-1984 by Simon Reynolds has been by be my bed long enough to collect dust, and I’m fairly certain that I’m going to enjoy I AM A GENIUS OF UNSPEAKABLE EVIL AND I WANT TO BE YOUR CLASS PRESIDENT by Josh Lieb.

    By the way, if you haven’t read THE TYPIST by Michael Knight, I highly recommend it, very spare but tight prose. Also, I think you’d like Ken Harvey’s collection of short stories, IF YOU WERE HERE, EVERYTHING WOULD BE ALL RIGHT.

    • So glad to “see” you again Jef. Hope this message finds you well. 🙂 I’ve got The Historian somewhere in the pile, waiting for its moment. I’ll look for your recommendations, which have never disappointed me. The Typist sounds intriguing. Never heard of Ken Harvey, but will certainly check him out.

  5. That book by Julie Rugg (about books) looks good! I love books like that! 😉


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