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Saw it in the bookstore. The design caught my eye. One of those books that feels good in the hands. Then I saw someone on the beach reading it. Then received a promotional email from McSweeney's about it. Then looked... Continue reading
Posted Aug 2, 2014 at Nonsuch Book
How about "A?" Will look out for what you come up with.
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Waugh, Spark, Wodehouse. The same comparisons kept showing up in each review. A golden age of satire revisited in this most recent novel by Edward St. Aubyn. Which of course made me want to not read it. If the name... Continue reading
Posted Jun 27, 2014 at Nonsuch Book
And it is not the letter you dread! It is an "F." Thanks for giving this a whirl.
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Not a problem! Just an opportunity. :) How about the letter "G," Sara? Thanks for playing along.
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I wish I could chat Cornell with you right now. I've been reading up on him just this evening in preparation for reading this book. Would love to see some of his work firsthand. Any suggestions? Any books you recommend?
Toggle Commented Jun 25, 2014 on cornell's curious boxes at Nonsuch Book
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Oh my goodness. Your first draw was a "Q." Feel free to skip that. The second try is a "T." Much better! Can't wait to see what you post. Leisurely pace or not, I love the way these small volumes fit in a coat pocket or bag. I've read almost all of them now.
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I did know what you meant. I'm not a morning person either. :) The St. Aubyn is a wonder. Most amused. I'll finish it today. And your letter is..... L. Can't wait to see some of your favorites!
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Simon from Stuck in a Book caught my interest on Sunday with a fun share of favorites. If you would like to extend the game just comment here and I will lend you a letter in the same way that... Continue reading
Posted Jun 24, 2014 at Nonsuch Book
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Thanks, Nicola!
Toggle Commented Jun 24, 2014 on optimism at Nonsuch Book
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Ooo, I spied that copy of The Parrots in your new post-vacation stacks and immediately went to check it out. Promising! As is the first third of Lost for Words. And yes, go find that download of Boy, Snow, Bird! Well worth your time.
Toggle Commented Jun 24, 2014 on optimism at Nonsuch Book
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It's such a good excuse. Somehow elevates my weaknesses to good manners.
Toggle Commented Jun 24, 2014 on optimism at Nonsuch Book
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I want to read the Patrick Melrose novels too especially after having dipped into Lost for Words. The humor is so sharp although I hear that the Melrose novels have none of that about them. Oyeyemi is an enchanting writer. Completely original voice.
Toggle Commented Jun 24, 2014 on optimism at Nonsuch Book
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That cover is stunning! Hope you enjoy it. And as for my list, it is an eclectic mix but I think Lost for Words would be a great match for your sense of humor.
Toggle Commented Jun 24, 2014 on optimism at Nonsuch Book
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David Winters writes irresistibly about Gabriel Josipovici's new novel Hotel Andromeda at Music and Literature magazine: Cornell’s air of mystery has attracted many literary admirers, from Octavio Paz to John Ashbery to Charles Simic, whose sequence of ekphrastic prose-poems, Dime-Store... Continue reading
Posted Jun 23, 2014 at Nonsuch Book
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A near-perfect hardcover edition of Fiona MacCarthy's biography of William Morris. For a most advantageous price. I've been looking patiently for quite some time. Now if I could only get so lucky finding this companion text that I have been... Continue reading
Posted Jun 22, 2014 at Nonsuch Book
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School is almost out for the summer, and even though I continue to work through the teacher and student break, my schedule is more relaxed and there will be time for vacation. And much, much more reading. My book consumption... Continue reading
Posted Jun 17, 2014 at Nonsuch Book
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I recently enjoyed the breezily erudite and conversational Why I Read: The Serious Pleasure of Books by Wendy Lesser. For many reasons. But chief among them was her undisguised love of mysteries and thrillers that ranged from Wilkie Collins to... Continue reading
Posted May 30, 2014 at Nonsuch Book
So they showcase/hype mediocre and yet there is so much great design work going on right now? I can look at my sidebar quickly right now and see quite a few examples including the new Tom Rachman novel. I'm also a fan of the the cover for The Bees by Laline Paull. The People in the Trees cover is a beauty. I'm sure we could all go on and on with our own examples. Design of the physical object is one of the key ways in which the book in its paper form will survive. So stunts like this by publishers is just a lost opportunity.
Toggle Commented May 30, 2014 on worth the buildup? at Nonsuch Book
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I know! Especially as there is so much exceptional book design happening right now. I foolishly thought that Ian McEwan would rate more, and that foolish hope was stoked by the promo promise. I felt confused when I opened that email this morning.
Toggle Commented May 29, 2014 on worth the buildup? at Nonsuch Book
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"Final cover to be revealed" strikes me as a promise of something truly striking. And then today I pick this up via an email from Doubleday: It's fine. Absolutely fine. I appreciate the simplicity, the use of contrast, and will... Continue reading
Posted May 29, 2014 at Nonsuch Book
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A few weeks back, I was scanning upcoming titles on NetGalley, and made my usual stop for any cover with books on it. The Quick by Lauren Owen. The synopsis looked fairly promising for one of my page-turner spring break... Continue reading
Posted Apr 17, 2014 at Nonsuch Book
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Time:// 6:55 pm The scene:// Quietly typing on my computer as everyone in the house has spread out to their own corner. That hour every Sunday night where the fun and freedom of the weekend recedes to remind us of... Continue reading
Posted Apr 6, 2014 at Nonsuch Book
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The new Muriel Spark offerings at the New Directions website drew me over there yesterday where I saw this lust-worthy offering that is sadly not available until June 25. ND provides the briefest of summaries: "The Albertine Workout contains fifty-nine... Continue reading
Posted Apr 5, 2014 at Nonsuch Book
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The recent five-day snow/holiday break afforded me an opportunity to plow through quite a few books including the first two releases from Penguin's ambitious project to publish all 75 Maigret novels by Georges Simenon at the rate of one per... Continue reading
Posted Feb 19, 2014 at Nonsuch Book