A while back I mentioned that there were some local library sales coming up, and, of course, I had to check them out (and volunteer at one — this year I volunteered for the second day of the sale, so I wouldn’t miss being able to buy books on the first day, a lesson I learned from last year). I came back from both sales with quite a stack, and now I’m hoping to be finished with buying books for a while (but we’ll see of course). Here’s what I found:
- Barbara Pym’s An Academic Question: The one Pym novel I’ve read I loved, Excellent Women, so I couldn’t resist snapping up another.
- Matthew Sharpe’s The Sleeping Father: I don’t know anything about this one, but the name was familiar, and I later remembered he wrote Jamestown, which got some blog attention, I believe. Anyway, it sounded interesting.
- Ian Rankin’s Dead Souls: I haven’t yet read Rankin, and he definitely should be a part of my reading in the mystery genre. A couple friends recommended him.
- Henning Mankell’s Before the Frost: This one is a Linda Wallender mystery; I knew there were Kurt Wallender ones, but not Linda Wallender ones. I’ve got one of the Kurt mysteries on audiobook, so these two together will make a nice introduction to Mankell.
- Alan Lightman’s Einstein’s Dreams: This one has been on my wishlist ever since reading Lightman’s book on science, A Sense of the Mysterious.
- Anthony Trollope, The Eustance Diamonds: It seemed to me like a good idea to have an unread Trollope novel lying around, just in case.
- Elfriede Jelinek’s The Piano Teacher: I’m not sure I’ll like this book, but I’d like to read Jelinek just to see what I think, controversial figure that she is.
- Benjamin Black’s Christine Falls: I’ve read the sequel, The Silver Swan, and now it’s time to read the first in the series.
- Sarah Waters’s The Night Watch: After having a great time reading Fingersmith, I couldn’t resist another Waters novel.
- James Salter’s Last Night: This is a collection of stories by an author I’ve heard praised by fellow bloggers; I might have preferred to find a novel, but this will give me a chance to read more short stories.
- Nicholson Baker’s A Box of Matches: Eventually I’ll have read everything Baker’s written. Well, maybe not — his latest nonfiction doesn’t interest me very much. But thanks to Book Mooch I have The Fermata on the way to me from Verbivore.
- Jane Gardam’s The People on Privilege Hill: I’ve heard of Gardam’s novel Old Filth and so was intrigued by this collection of stories.
- Robert Hughes’s High Wind in Jamaica: I’m always happy to find NYRB books around, and this one looked particularly good.
- Jane Urquhart’s Away. Verbivore is the inspiration for this purchase; she sounds like a writer I will like.
There were many more I could have gotten, but that seemed like enough …