Welcome back to The American Woman. I know I haven’t been around in a while. This was due to some moving, some family stuff I had to deal with, and overall a generally stressful last couple of months. It’s not that I haven’t written anything, honestly, it’s that I haven’t written anything good. Everything I’ve got going on at the moment needs some serious rewriting. I am sure you’ve experienced this part of your own creative life.
Today, I did a little retail therapy and visited my local Catholic charities store. It’s like Goodwill or the Salvation Army, but more local. I had a pretty good book haul at $1 per paperback and $2 per hardcover and wanted to share it with you. I’ve read a couple of these books already, but most of them are new to me. I am excited to add them to the collection! (Which I will show you sometime. It’s a lot.) For now, here’s the fun list of the titles I found.
Are any of these your favorite book? Which ones do you recommend I read first? Click the links below if you want to see each book on Goodreads.
Book Haul List:
– Cats in Space, edited by Bill Fawcett
– The Age of Reason, Jean-Paul Sartre
– The Autobiography of Malcolm X, as told to Alex Haley
– The Magician’s Nephew, C. S. Lewis (I’ve read this one time and again, but I don’t own a copy yet… So I had to grab it.)
– East of Eden, John Steinbeck
– Daughter of Witches, Patricia Wrede (Now this just looks fun… Magic, witches, candles, fantasy… Yes!)
– Tinkers, Paul Harding
– Ethics, Aristotle (I classic I feel I ought to read)
– The Social Contract, Jean-Jacques Rousseau (Anything by Rousseau is fascinating)
– The Grapes of Wrath, John Steinbeck (I’ve also read this one already, but it’s been a while, and I remember being in awe of Steinbeck’s ability to tell a story)
– Balzac and the Little Chinese Seamstress, Dai Sijie (I’ve recently become obsessed with Asian literature, and this looks like it will be good)
– Cloud Atlas, David Mitchell (Another classic I feel the need to know about)
– The Signature of All Things, Elizabeth Gilbert (By the same woman who wrote Eat, Pray, Love, but this looks better and I prefer to read the lesser known novels of well known authors sometimes.)
– The Good Earth, Pearl S. Buck
– The Best American Nonrequired Reading 2003, Selected and Edited by Dave Eggers
– Poet of the Appetites, Joan Reardon (A book about MFK Fisher, whom I don’t know anything about. Seems like a good read.)
– Sula, Toni Morrison
– On Persephone’s Island, Mary Taylor Simeti
– Lakota Woman, Mary Crow Dog
– The Secret History of Dreaming, Robert Moss
– The Best of McSweeney’s Internet Tendency (This might be the best deal at $2 used, since I LOVE McSweeney’s and greatly enjoying laughing at their humor)
That’s all, folks! Enjoy the list and tell me your thoughts in the comment section below.