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Thursday, April 09, 2009

This Week's Mail

I've finished The Three-Pound Enigma and am happily reading an excellent biography of Flannery O'Connor.

The last couple of days have seen the arrival of several new books: Two Guys Read Jane Austen which Nicole of Linus's Blanket kindly offered to send me when I said I was adding it to my TBR list. I sent her Wild Life in return.

Another "brain" book, Steven Pinker's How the Mind Works. Read about this one on Stefanie's So Many Books, and it was a perfect choice for my brain books so I ordered it. My Reading Trail on the brain is getting along slowly, but surely.

Two ARC's that look good: Atlas of Unknowns and Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet. I'm looking forward to both of these.

And my library book, Flannery: A Life of Flannery O'Connor by Brad Gooch, which caught me up so quickly that I'm nearly half-way through.

11 comments:

Eva said...

That's a good-looking stack of books. I really want to read the Flannery biography and Pinker book. And that Two Guys Read Jane Austen just sounds cute! :)

Literary Feline said...

I'm really curious about Two Guys Read Jane Austen. My husband enjoys Jane Austen--at least what he's read of her work.

I hope you enjoy your books!

Carl V. said...

The Two Guys series sound very, very fun! I need to check the library for this one and for the one where they read the obituaries!

Iliana said...

I just got Hotel on the Corner too! Yay. I'm really looking forward to it.

I hope you enjoy your books.. such variety!

JoAnn said...

Two Guys Read Jane Austen sounds like fun! There are no copies in my library system, so it'll have to be amazon for me. I'll look forward to your review. Enjoy your stack of books!

Bybee said...

Can't wait for your review of the Flannery bio.

jenclair said...

Eva - The biography begins with Flannery's childhood and her initial attachment to chickens. The love of fowl in her later life began early. :) I'm looking forward to Two Guys Read Jane Austen, too.

LF - Funny that some men are often reluctant to read Austen. The guys in my class loved the satire in P&P. I'm eager to see what these fellows think!

Carl - Doesn't it sound like fun? They really came up with a great concept!

Iliana - Love the cover. Right now, I'm making it wait in line, but I can feel myself weakening.

JoAnn - I'm grateful that Nicole reviewed it because I'd never heard of it before; they have also written Two Guys Read Moby Dick and Two Guys Read the Obituaries. Maybe you should check interlibrary loan before ordering, though.

Bybee - I'm very pleased with its readability, fairness, and scholarly research. I'm liking Gooch's style and thoroughness a lot.

Nicole said...

I have Flannery on my shelf. Glad ti gear that it's engaging.

jenclair said...

Nicole - The more biographies I read, the more I appreciate those that are well researched AND well written! This one is both.

Dorothy W. said...

I'm glad the O'Connor biography is so good -- I'm hoping to read it at some point, so that's good news!

jenclair said...

Dorothy - It is very good! Succinct, well-researched, and interesting. Lots of information that was new to me...