Thursday, September 22, 2011

Explosion of New Books

I don't know if y'all noticed, but I had an explosion of new books on my stacks! I originally posted about a trip to my local, now-defunct Borders store when merchandise was 60-70% off. Silly me made a return trip when items were 90% off and, boy, I found more than I thought I would!!!

Books that jumped into my cart and came home with me:

  • You Know When the Men Are Gone by Siobhan Fallon (have seen several favorable bloggy reviews of this one)
  • Sunset Park by Paul Auster (I'll basically buy anything by Auster, though I haven't really heard much about this one)
  • The Tortilla Curtain by T.C. Boyle (I don't really feel terribly motivated to read this, but I liked the Penguin Ink cover!)
  • Hummingbirds by Joshua Gaylord (Another tattoo-inspired cover caught my eye. The blurb sounded interesting enough.)
  • The Finkler Question by Howard Jacobson (Much buzzed about)
  • Edible: Stories by Mark Kurlansky  (Food stories can't be a bad thing)
  • The Sisters Brothers by Patrick deWitt 
I'm pretty darn excited about all of these -- especially The Sisters Brothers since it's been shortlisted for the Booker. I'll probably jump into that one as soon as my RIP reading slows down.

Have you read anything on the list that I should move to the top of the pile?

27 comments:

  1. You couldn't leave bargains like that behind! I loved You Know When the Men Are Gone!

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  2. It's been so long since I've gone on a book buying binge! I miss it. :(

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  3. I haven't read any of them! Does that mean I need to go on a book buying binge, too?

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  4. The Tortilla Curtain is very good.

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  5. That's a crazy sale... It sucks the story had to close, but man...

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  6. I almost bought The Tortilla Curtain too just for the Penguin Ink cover. Glad I am not alone!

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  7. Books just jumped into your cart? I thought that just happened to me! Glad to see I'm not alone.

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  8. Nice! So many of the books you bought are on my TBR list. I'm happy to hear you'll buy anything by Paul Auster -- I haven't read him but of all the authors on your list, he's probably the closest to the top of my TBR. Enjoy your reading!

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  9. The Sisters Brothers was pretty good. Totally outside of my normal reading, but it still had many of the things I liked (i.e. provocative characters).

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  10. Although I've only ever read T.C. Boyle's short stories, he's an amazing writer. I've been meaning to pick up his novels for years, so I selfishly hope you read it, love it, and motivate me to finally get to it :P

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  11. I liked the Finkler Question but I'm probably the only one. I would say start with Sisters Brothers because my friend Ann Kingman loved it and she has amazing taste.

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  12. Wow! What a great-looking stack of books! Can you believe I didn't buy anything from Borders? I have too many books as it is. :-(

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  13. "Books that jumped into my cart and came home with me" - bwahahahahahaha!!!

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  14. I really liked both The Sisters Brothers and You Know When the Men Are Gone. Enjoy!

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  15. A friend of mine just wrote the following about The Sister's Brothers: If this does not end up being my favorite fiction title of the year, it will certainly be near the top. I trust his opinion and will have to snag a copy of this myself!

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  16. Ooh! The Tortilla Curtain is EXCELLENT. Sad, thought-provoking (especially if you live in a state bordering Mexico, where the issue of illegal immigration is a constant hot topic - and you and I both live(d) in Texas, so there you go), and absolutely fantastic. T.C. Boyle is an author I kind of have a literary crush on. If you haven't read Drop City, I'd highly recommend that one too. It's one of my all-time favorites. Oh, and The Inner Circle (about Dr. Kinsey and his sex research), while probably not his best, is still very good and worth a read.

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  17. What bargains! I've heard that The Tortilla Curtain is amazing and so bought a copy about a year ago. I really should read it sometime soon, but I;'m sure you'll get to your copy first!

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  18. Kathy, I know! It was impossible to resist. Glad you liked You Know When the Men are Gone!

    Trisha, I've missed it, too. It felt good to go nuts with minimal guilt. :)

    Jill, yes, yes it does!

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  19. Suzanne, thanks for the Tortilla Curtain endorsement. I honestly have known very little about it beyond the title. :)

    Kelly, it does suck the store closed. I always hate to revel in that sort of book buying demise, but I had to take advantage.

    Lola, definitely not alone. I LOOOOOVE the Ink covers.

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  20. Jules, most definitely not. They're spry little boogers.

    Erin, Auster is one of my very favorite authors; his books are odd and wonderful, and his memoirs are kind of wild and "writerly." Highly recommended.

    Amy, I do love provocative characters. It looks like it falls outside of my norm as well, but very much looking forward to it. And I love the cover.

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  21. Ana, I'm glad to hear a Boyle endorsement. His reputation precedes him, but I'm pretty much clueless at this point. I'll give his short stories a try, too!

    Marie, thanks for the tip! I'm looking forward to The Finkler Question, too. It's part of my Tournament of Books personal reading challenge.

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  22. Natasha, I completely understand. Many of my books are in storage at this point, so I've tricked myself into thinking it's OK to buy. hehe

    Amen, Emily!

    Thanks, Carrie!

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  23. Awesome, Les! I'm getting more and more excited to read it.

    Jen, thanks so much for the endorsement of Boyle. It looks like I need to jump in and start reading his stuff.

    Jackie, I wouldn't be so sure. I'm a painfully slow reader these days. Ack!

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  24. I cannot believe you got such great books when they were down to 90% off. I checked a Borders near me and they had NOTHING left after it was down to 50% and believe me I have very eclectic reading tastes. Lucky you! Enjoy!

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  25. I loved You Know When the Men Are Gone. Sunset Park . . . I was too scattered when I tried to read it and ended up setting it aside. It's Auster, though. I know I'll love it when I take the time to focus and I'm sure you will, too.

    I'm glad you had fun at your Borders! I had a little too much fun, but I'll have no choice but to savor it for a long, long time. There just isn't any place else I can get that comfy browsing fix, around here. In the long run, I have a feeling the end of Borders will save us a lot of money.

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  26. Kathleen, I was REALLY surprised at the quality of the books that were left. There were people in the store with me going through and grabbing stacks of whatever was left. I'm guessing for a book drive or donation of some variety. I think I was REALLY lucky to have found what I did.

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  27. Nancy, it will probably save you a lot of money, but I'm still sorry it closed! Especially for you since it was your browsing fix. Where I live in Dallas there are at least three Barnes and Noble stores in a comfy driving distance, but there was only one Borders. The ratio was really out of whack in this area.

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