Tuesday, May 29, 2007
Tuesday Ten: Books
Ten Books I've Recently Purchased
My weekend trip to Powell's Books:
1. Walden, Henry David Thoreau.
Walden has been on my "Want to read someday" list for years. It was $2.50. Who can pass up a deal like that?
2. Bleak House, Charles Dickens.
I watched the fabulous Masterpiece Theater miniseries. Bleak House was on the sale table next to the checkout, so I added it to my stack.
3. How to Read a Book, Mortimer J. Adler.
Another book on the "Want to read" list. It was even on my Amazon wish list, which I keep mostly so that I don't forget which books I want to read. And best of all, it was half the price I'd have paid had I purchased it new.
4. Drawing with Children, Mona Brookes.
A school purchase.
5. Tales from Shakespeare, Charles and Mary Lamb.
Another school purchase, probably a summer read-aloud. Many of Shakespeare's plays are retold in child-friendly language. I spent an extra five dollars for the edition in my photo because the text was larger and the book is illustrated.
6. The Kids' Nature Book: 365 Indoor/Outdoor Activities and Experiences, Susan Milord.
School again. The Kids' Nature Book has short and easy nature activities for each day of the year.
And my Mother's Day gift certificate purchases:
7. My Antonia, Willa Cather.
Another book off the "Want to read" list. From the book synopsis on Powell's website: "An enduring literary masterpiece first published in 1918, this hauntingly eloquent classic is an inspiring reminder of the rich past we have inherited. Willa Cather's lustrous prose, infused with a passion for the land, summons forth the hardscrabble days of the immigrant pioneer woman on the Nebraska plains, while etching a deeply moving portrait of an entire community."
8. The Way the Crow Flies, Ann-Marie MacDonald.
An impulse buy. I've just started The Way the Crow Flies and it's marvelous. MacDonald has a knack for writing the ways a child's mind moves.
9. The Inheritance of Loss, Kiran Desai.
I've also started The Inheritance of Loss, just barely. Rich and dreamy so far.
10. What Would the Founders Do?, Richard Brookhiser.
A look at how our nation's Founding Fathers might have addressed some of the issues our nation is dealing with in modern times. I can't wait to read it.