Here is a link to the website for Good Reads and information about Richard Russo, an author who has a Pulitzer as well as acclaim. http://www.goodreads.com/author/show/7844.Richard_Russo The Sunday article is an excerpt from a new book, on my wish list at Barnes and Noble (B&N), an anthology of essays by famous writers, "My Bookstore: Writers Celebrate Their Favorite Places to Browse, Read, and Shop" by Ronald Rice.
And another thing, those who claim I am hard to buy for, as recently voiced by a relative who chooses to do whatever is easy to assuage any feelings of obligaton, would do well to visit my B & N wish list. There is always something there. Often I will spot a book at Sam's, that I must have shortly after release like "Killing Kennedy" but other times I will wait for awhile for the paperback release or a sale copy at our library book sale. Another book I'm waiting on is JK Rowling's new adult mystery, "The Casual Vacancy." I think if people took a minute to think they could easily find a book I would enjoy. But that is another post and for the other blog, inability or refusal to think, part of the culture of flashing plastic and making it easy while it's the thought that is missing.
Today we settle with Barnes and Noble our chain bookstore at the mall, and while I am grateful we have it nearby while many communities lack any bookseller save the Wal-Mart or grocery paper back stacks, I long for the independent bookstores that we had once upon a time in California. There were three in the Auburn area near our home. My friend Roberta and I would spend our lunchtime browsing in the Beers Bookstore which moved close to my office my last years of work; Beers was famous for an array of used as well as new books, and for many unusual subjects. There is something extra satisfying about handling the book and glimpsing passages here and there, before purchasing that is just not the same on line despite features on Amazon and B & N online. Russo claims that the point and click crowd undermine the next generation of writers by not supporting independent booksellers who were the best resource for promoting new writers.
|My books to read shelf December 2012|
Over the weekend at a recommendation from the local book reviewer in the Sunday newspaper I logged onto Storyverse, a website dedicated to literature and books, excerpts of books and reviews this is different and interesting to me and likely to other readers. One small semi annoying aspect is its name, "Small Demons" I suppose this is cool with younger people and likely of some significance which I do not get. Still, the site is worth visiting when interested in what to read next. https://www.smalldemons.com/books