Sunday Shopping


Illustration by Lou Beach from the NYT

Just had a mega shopping spree on the cheap with an amazing lot of Kindle Daily Deals* today. They have Ecco Press (an offshoot of HarperCollins) e-books on special, a few of which had been on my wishlist, but I also discovered a lot of new-to-me authors and titles I might not have found otherwise. It took me a couple of hours to work my way down the list because I kept looking up reviews both on LibraryThing and in The New York Times and Guardian, and am feeling really happy about what I’ve culled. Here’s the list of my purchases with links to the online reviews for those interested:

Ham On Rye by Charles Bukowski
Post Office by Charles Bukowski – he’d been on the WL for a long time
The Sheltering Sky by Paul Bowles
The Spider’s House by Paul Bowles – another 20th century giant I’ve been wanting to read for a long time.
The Stockholm Octavo by Karen Engelmann – historical fiction set in 18th c Sweden; a couple of my LT friends really loved this one, and the NYT did too. Thanks to that NYT article, gorgeously illustrated by artist and writer Lou Beach (as shown above), I followed the links to his blog and discovered his book of short stories (each exactly 420 characters long), which it turns out several LTers loved too (not to mention Jonathan Lethem, and well, the NYT, obviously):
420 Characters by Lou Beach (not a Daily Deal)
I’ll have to do a blog post on him eventually because I’m crazy about his artwork and am looking forward to reading him too. I can’t believe I didn’t know this guy already, considering what I used to do as a job. I’ll blame it on early onset Alzheimer’s.
Ask the Dust by John Fante – this book was apparently a huge inspiration to Bukowski and has become a cult classic. The Guardian loves it too.
The Crusades: The Authoritative History of the War for the Holy Land by Thomas Asbridge is a great companion piece to my recently purchased Folio Society edition of The Crusades Through Arab Eyes by Amin Maalouf (currently on sale), and once again, The Guardian has nothing but good things to say about it.
D.V. by Diana Vreeland – the autobiography of a powerful 20th c woman and high priestess of fashion. Couldn’t resist.
Hotel de Dream by Edmund White – the book description at the bottom of this page was enough to convince me, and it also led me to get the free kindle edition of The Red Badge of Courage. Then there’s the Guardian review.
Last but not least, The Whale: In Search of the Giants of the Sea by Philip Hoare – a topic that fascinates me, and apparently Nathaniel Philbrick for the NYT too.

Total cost: $32.89 including tax.

Among many others, there’s also The Song of Achilles by Madeline Miller (which I’ve read and highly recommend), The September of Shiraz by Dalia Sofer, and Just Kids by Patti Smith (all of which I already own) on offer.

* Kindle ebooks available on Amazon.ca today, Jan. 26th, though may be currently be available at the same price in other countries (?)

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