next up and new books

Just finished Ha Jin’s The Bridegroom…review to come. For the moment I’ll second the New York Times testimonial, “a genuine pleasure.” Hear Hear.

Also, I stopped by the bookstore yesterday to pick up some more content for this site (like I need an excuse to buy more books).

Krakatoa by Simon Winchester – I picked up Winchester’s Professor and the Madman and loved the way he handled what could have been an exceptionally tedious subject: the Oxford English Dictionary. Krakatoa is about the eruption in 1883 that was followed by a tsunami that killed nearly forty thousand people. In the wake of a couple natural disasters (Katrina and the tsunami in Thailand), I’m hoping Winchester tackles some of the political ramifications.

All Aunt Hagar’s Children by Edward P. Jones – I’ve never read anything by Jones, but this books is covered with accolades: New York Times Bestseller, Pulitzer Prize Winner, Finalist for the Pen/Faulkner Award….goodness. I try not to judge a book by it’s cover, but my oh my.

The French Lieutenant’s Woman by John Fowles – My dad told me to read this, and I’m just now getting around to it.


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