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A Batch of Classics

What is the last book you bought? Was it for you? for someone else? Have you read it, yet?

This list kicks off another looting campaign:

Death Be Not Proud John Gunther
Autobiography of a Face Lucy Grealy
O Pioneers Willa Cather
Death Comes for the Archbishop Willa Cather
The Things They Carried Tim O’Brien
Crossing to Safety Wallace Stegner

As usual, they’re all books for me! All new authors to me even although they are classics. Ready for their moments. I’ll most likely to begin The Things They Carried after I finished Ann Petry’s The Street.Although with e-book, a purchase is just few clicks away, I still enjoy the thrill of finding books cold turkey at the stores. There is a sense of triumph, and not to mention the anticipation, of turning the pages when the time comes. At City Lights Books, where the European fiction is separated from general fiction, it’s extra effort (but also fun) to find the titles I’m looking for. It’s like a reading quiz on the book’s geographical origin and author’s nationality. Often time the search for one item may lead to accidental result.

8 Responses

  1. I am a fan of Cather. Hope you enjoy those two whaich are, IMHO, her best.

  2. I enjoy Willa Cather very much. MY ANTONIA is also one you might like. Also, I savor the short stories of Wallace Stegner. I look forward to your observations on both of these excellent writers.

  3. the last books I purchased, about weeks ago, were all for myself and include: Beloved by Toni Morrison and Miss Pettigrew Lives for a Day by Winifred Watson (a Persephone Classic)

    • I totally had no clue Miss Pettigrew Lives for a Day was based on a novel when I saw the credit at the movie. *sigh* I’ve got some catching up to do now.

  4. Hi Matt,

    I’m looking forward to your reviews and thoughts on all the books on your list. I’ve read all of them except Death Be Not Proud. All of them I especially loved reading and I’d forgotten about Crossing to Safety, which I particularly enjoyed. Happy Reading!

    • Glad you’ve enjoyed some of the books that appeal to me at the bookstore. As I am typing, I finished The Things They Carried—the writing style is very unique in contemporary fiction.

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