Nu-ILB: What books have you purchased lately?

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This Nu-ILB thread is the direct descendant of <a href="">this Old Stylee ILB thread</a>. It is where we post the titles of books we have purchased recently.

As for me, this is a partial list of my book purchases of the past couple of months while ILX was undergoing its recent transgender surgery:

The Apes of God, by Wyndham Lewis, in a Penguin Modern Classics paper edition, for US$0.50. I amy not read this, but for the price I couldn't refuse to buy it.
The Woman in White by Wilkie Collins. Another Penguin paperback, for US$1.29.
The Olive Tree and Other Essays by Aldous Huxley, in a hardbound 1936 edition from Chatto and Windus. I have enjoyed many os Huxley's essays in the past so this one may also satisfy me.
A Steele Rudd Selection from University of Queensland Press, paperbound, for US$0.50. An aussie writer from the old school. Short stories. Who knows?
The Sheltering Sky by Paul Bowles, Vintage paperbound, for US$1.00. Never read him, but he has an interesting reputation and seems worth a buck to have a look-see.
The Steel Bonnets: The Story of the Anglo-Scottish Border Reivers by George MacDonald Fraser; a history by author of the Flashman novels, paperbound, US $1.00.
The Pursuit of Power by William H. McNeill. A history of weaponry, tactics and who gets the upper hand and why, as compiled by a rather brilliant historian. Paperbound, US$3.00.
The Seven Storey Mountain by Thomas Merton, hardcover, US$1.00. A recent read from the library I decided to add to my permanent collection.

I'm sure I've overlooked a few, since ILX has been out of commision a great deal since Dec. 1, 2006 and I haven't kept strict track of what I bought in the interval.

What have you shelled out for lately?

Aimless, Saturday, 3 March 2007 02:52 (fourteen years ago) link

Let me try that link once more, but nu-ilx stylee: [Removed Illegal Link]

Aimless, Saturday, 3 March 2007 02:54 (fourteen years ago) link


Aimless, Saturday, 3 March 2007 02:55 (fourteen years ago) link

Surely, links back to its own threads aren't illegal -
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I've been adhering to my self-instantiated edict of "Don't Buy Any More Books, What Are You Thinking, You Have to Move AGAIN In September". The library has been filling the gap, in a way. I put all the interesting titles I come across on Hold, and twice a week I check to see how many of the 6,573 other patrons who are also intent on these books have given up.

Jaq, Saturday, 3 March 2007 04:14 (fourteen years ago) link

HAHAHAHAHA! Nu-ILX can't link to itself????!!!! What hath Keef wrought?

Jaq, Saturday, 3 March 2007 04:15 (fourteen years ago) link

Move again? What?

Casuistry, Saturday, 3 March 2007 08:41 (fourteen years ago) link

I know, it completely sucks. When I leased this place, I was assured it would remain a rental, so I thought we'd be here for at least 2 years. But, they put it on the market the first week of Feb. and we will have to move at the end of Sept. Another giant book clear-out, whoohoo. We are thinking of going to a much much much smaller space for a year, then hopefully buying something. So, it will be a case of thinning down the library dramatically.

All of the art is in a closet. I can't see the point in hanging anything. Why even bother unpacking?

Jaq, Saturday, 3 March 2007 15:04 (fourteen years ago) link

Jaq, do they let you bring a hand truck full of cartons of books onto Amtrak? Or two hand trucks, maybe? If so, you should bring down a few hundred of your culls and sell them at Powell's.

Aimless, Saturday, 3 March 2007 18:42 (fourteen years ago) link

Not bought, but Bookmooched:

Laclos-Les liasons dangereuses
Jim Thompson-The Getaway
Evan Wright-Generation Kill

C0L1N B..., Saturday, 3 March 2007 20:20 (fourteen years ago) link

Gerard Woodward's 'A Curious Earth' and Jim Crace's 'The Pesthouse' are winging their way from the Book Depository to me at the moment. Yesterday I bought a couple of tatty old SF classics, Wilson Tucker's 'The Lincoln Hunters' and Edgar Pangborn's 'Davy'.

James Morrison, Sunday, 4 March 2007 22:23 (fourteen years ago) link

Adolfo Bioy Casares Asleep in the Sun
Yuri Olesha Envy
William Faulkner Collected Stories
Orhan Pamuk The White Castle
William H. Gass The World Within the Word
Daniil Kharms Incidences
Tadeusz Konwicki A Dreambook for Our Time
Felipe Alfau Chromos

wmlynch, Monday, 5 March 2007 19:03 (fourteen years ago) link


Casuistry, Monday, 5 March 2007 19:05 (fourteen years ago) link

Aimless, I'm considering the Powell's possibility. If we truly felt strong enough to show some restraint once we were there...

Jaq, Monday, 5 March 2007 19:20 (fourteen years ago) link

I have to try this link again. I think I left the quote marks in. this Old Stylee ILB thread

Jaq, Monday, 5 March 2007 20:24 (fourteen years ago) link

Yes, that was it. Shouldn't post while drinking; don't want to impugn Keef at all.

Jaq, Monday, 5 March 2007 20:25 (fourteen years ago) link

Perfect restraint would be inhuman. Since it would be quite doubtful you could leave with even half as many as you sold, the net result would still be in your favor. I counsel you to do it.

Aimless, Monday, 5 March 2007 21:10 (fourteen years ago) link

Well, we'd have to have something to read on the train.....

Jaq, Monday, 5 March 2007 21:46 (fourteen years ago) link

Lace Villages
The Hardest (Working) Man in Showbiz
Fashion Babylon
Stitch 'n Bitch Crochet: The Happy Hooker (Stich 'n Bitch Crochet)

First one is for my mum. The rest is junk, really, except the Happy Hooker one which focuses, not on prostitution, but on crochet.

nathalie, Tuesday, 6 March 2007 12:45 (fourteen years ago) link

I've been Bookmooching instead of purchasing books lately. Just recently mooched:

The Nurture Assumption - Judith Harris
Ronald Reagan: Fate, Freedom and the Making of History - John Diggins

o. nate, Tuesday, 6 March 2007 16:06 (fourteen years ago) link

Diderot on Art Vol. 1: The Salon of 1765

C0L1N B..., Wednesday, 7 March 2007 05:18 (fourteen years ago) link

Land of Spices Kate O'Brien
The Echoing Grove - Rosamond Lehmann
House of Mirth - Edith Wharton
The Plausibility of Life - Marc W. Kirschner, John C. Gerhart, and John Norton
Collected Poems - Philip Larkin
Goldberg: Variations - Gabriel Josipovici
Captain Blood - Raphael Sabatini

Arethusa, Friday, 9 March 2007 01:35 (fourteen years ago) link

Geoffrey Chaucer - The Canterbury Tales (original-spelling edition)
Robert Musil - The Man Without Qualities
J. M. Coetzee - Inner Workings: Literary Essays 2000-2005
Ngugi wa Thiong'o - Wizard of the Crow (Huh, I only just realized that he's the guy that wrote "A Grain of Wheat." I feel slightly silly for buying this, as I haven't read the copy of "The Devil on the Cross" that I got a couple of years ago. Guess the hype got the better of me.)

Øystein, Friday, 9 March 2007 12:37 (fourteen years ago) link

Got a couple things in the mail, an advance of Palahniuk's new one ("Rant", not that excited but it was free) and Jonathan Lethem's "How We Got Insipid" (old short stories).

Jordan, Friday, 9 March 2007 19:23 (fourteen years ago) link

Okay, due to birthdays, gift certificates, and Valentine's Day, we've had a decent infusion of books lately.

Cupcakes from the Cake Mix Doctor by Anne Byrn
Field Guide to Cocktails by Rob Chirico
Knitting Loves Crochet by Candi Jensen
Bare Bones and Grave Secrets by Kathy Reichs
Stiff: The Curious Lives of Human Cadavers by Mary Roach
Final Exam: A Surgeon's Reflections on Mortality by Pauline W. Chen
Best Food Writing 2006 edited by Holly Hughes
Doing It Right by Maryjanice Davidson (the author is a long time friend and is constantly giving me copies of her latest stuff - I'm sure this will be fluffy and fun)
Poster Child: A Memoir by Emily Rapp (another writer friend - I read the manuscript for this one last summer and it is excellent)

I also bought a physiology text book, which I'm spending the most time with book-wise.

Sara R-C, Friday, 9 March 2007 22:27 (fourteen years ago) link

Stiff: The Curious Lives of Human Cadavers by Mary Roach - that's excellent. Fascinating all the way through.

James Morrison, Saturday, 10 March 2007 03:47 (fourteen years ago) link

I asked for that one after seeing it mentioned at ILE somewhere! My SIL gave it to me for my birthday and said I could never make fun of her husband's wish lists again (his list is always entirely made up of obscure books about the Holocaust because he's a German history prof). I've only made it to chapter four or so in Stiff, but so far it is really great.

Sara R-C, Saturday, 10 March 2007 19:38 (fourteen years ago) link

Voltaire: Letters from England
Greg Bear: Darwin's Radio
E M Forster: The Hill of Devi

James Morrison, Sunday, 11 March 2007 07:42 (fourteen years ago) link

Greg Tate-Flyboy in the Buttermilk
Amos Tutuola-The Palm-Wine Drunkard
Raymond Queneau-Excercises in Style
Gregory Wolff-Black Sun: the Brief Transit and Violent Eclipse of Harry Crosby

C0L1N B..., Monday, 12 March 2007 01:49 (fourteen years ago) link

narcissus and goldmund – herman hesse
drop city – t.c. boyle
omensetter's luck – william gass
divine invasion – pkd
survival, evasion, and escape – FM21-76, department of the army field manual

冷明, Tuesday, 13 March 2007 06:51 (fourteen years ago) link

I unexpectedly found a copy of Jackson Mac Low's Stanzas for Iris Lezak in Vancouver yesterday for an excellent price (and in Canadian moneys)!

Casuistry, Monday, 19 March 2007 21:23 (fourteen years ago) link

In Seattle and from Bookmooch:
Kobo Abe-Woman in the Dunes
Douglas Hofstadter-Le ton beau de Marot: In Praise of the music of language
Paul Goodman-Empire City
Warren F. Motte-Oulipo: A Primer of Potential Literature
Michel Houllebecq-Lanzarote

C0L1N B..., Monday, 19 March 2007 22:55 (fourteen years ago) link

Norman Rush - Mating (not sure I actually want this, but it was a rather cheap used copy, and I got drawn in by that "National book award" chocolate coin that's glued to the cover)
Jean Baudrillard - Amerika (Danish translation)
Baruch De Spinoza - Ethica (Norwegian tr.)
Terry Pratchett - Soul Music
Terry Pratchett - Men At Arms
Terry Pratchett - Witches Abroad (I'm starting to think I might build a complete Pratchett collections by frequenting the used books store down the street)
Jon Jakob Tønseth - Von Aschenbachs Fristelse
Ludwig Wittgenstein - Philosophical Investigations (German original + English tr. side-by-side)
David Hume - A Treatise of Human Nature
Cormac McCarthy - Blood Meridian

Phew. Off to the couch with me!

Øystein, Saturday, 24 March 2007 17:34 (fourteen years ago) link

Just ordered...
* The new Ian McEwan
* 'It Rhymes With Lust' by Arnold Drake, allegedly the first proper graphic novel, a noir muystery from the 1950s
* 'Missing' by Walter de la Mare

James Morrison, Monday, 26 March 2007 03:35 (fourteen years ago) link

So there was a sale on theory this week at my school's book store and I went hog wild:

Jaques Derrida - Dissemination, Acts of Religion, Margins of Philosophy, Writing and Difference, Spectres of Marx
Slavov Zizek - The Sublime Object of Ideology
Michel Foucault - Society Must Be Defended, Madness & Civilization
Gilles Deleuze - Anti-Oedipus, What is Philosophy (with Felix Guattari); Nietzsche & Philosophy
Guy Debord - The Society of Spectacle
Georges Bataille - The Tears of Eros, The Accursed Share (Vols. II & III)
Judith Butler - Gender Trouble
Jaques Lacan - Ecrits
Walter Benjamin - Illuminations, Reflections
Jean-Luc Nancy - Being Singular Plural
Giorgio Agamben - The State of Exception, The Coming Community
Roland Barthes - Image - Music - Text
Jean Baudrillard - Simulacra & Simulation

So far I've read a lot of the Benjamin essays and most of Dissemination, plus paged through The Tears of Eros. I have so much more to read, though!

max, Monday, 26 March 2007 15:29 (fourteen years ago) link

Now do that twice a week, and you'll be Josh before you know it.

Casuistry, Monday, 26 March 2007 17:09 (fourteen years ago) link

also homeless

max, Monday, 26 March 2007 17:31 (fourteen years ago) link

it's always a little difficult in a foreign country, but i think i did alright:

mr. muo's travelling couch - dai sijie
lovesick blues: the life of hank williams - paul hemphill

jergïns, Monday, 2 April 2007 14:25 (fourteen years ago) link

Dead Souls (Penguin Classics) - Nikolai Gogol; Paperback

The Pursuit of Oblivion: A History of Narcotics, 1500-2000 - Richard Davenport-Hines; Paperback

Criminal History of Mankind - Colin Wilson; Hardcover

These are in my basket awaiting to be ordered. HURRAH!

nathalie, Monday, 2 April 2007 14:55 (fourteen years ago) link

Good haul this weekend, all used except for the Harry Matthews:

George Saunders-Pastoralia
George Saunders-Civilwarland in Bad Decline
Clifford Geertz-The Interpretation of Cultures
Balzac-Histoire de la Treize
Mitchell Duneier-Sidewalk
Warren Lehrer and Judith Sloan-Crossing the BLVD
Marguerite Duras-The Ravishing of Lol Stein
William Vollmann-The Rainbow Stories
Harry Matthews-Cigarettes

C0L1N B..., Monday, 2 April 2007 15:30 (fourteen years ago) link

From the Country of Eight Islands: An Anthology of japanese Poetry, edited and translated by Hiroaki Sato and Burton Watson, used hardcover with a nice dust jacket, U. of Washington Press, 1981, US$15.00.

Letters From My Windmill, Alphonse Daudet, used Penguin paperback, US$1.29.
Eyeless in Gaza, Aldous Huxley, used paperback with a eye-gougingly hideous cover, US$1.29.
The Sons, Franz Kafka, used paperback collection of four short stories, US$0.50.
Pragmatism and other Essays, William James, used paperback, US$0.50.

Aimless, Monday, 2 April 2007 17:15 (fourteen years ago) link

Letters From My Windmill, Alphonse Daudet, used Penguin paperback, US$1.29.

That's ace. Also read his 'In the Land of Pain', which is absorbing stuff about his suffering from syphilis, translated by Julian Barnes.

James Morrison, Tuesday, 3 April 2007 01:10 (fourteen years ago) link

catherine bush, claire's head

derrrick, Tuesday, 3 April 2007 08:34 (fourteen years ago) link

On the weekend I bought a teeny little 100-page book of WH Auden poems selected by John Fuller. And the latest issue of 'Descant', which is good for before bed.

franny glass, Wednesday, 4 April 2007 00:37 (fourteen years ago) link

two weeks pass...
I have been buying books, even as other ILBers have been cutting back on the habit. Luckily for me, I also sell them.

The True Dharma Eye: Zen Master Dogen's Three Hundred Koans, with commentary and verse by John Daido Loori, new hardbound, $40(!). Also known as the Mana Shobogenzo. I so rarely buy new expensive books that this is a radical departure for me. I've been eyeing this for months. This is quite simply the best collection of Zen stories and commentary I have ever seen. Better than The Blue Cliff Record. Highly recommended if you are interested in Zen.

Life With Father by Clarence Day, used hardcover, $1. An old warhorse from a much different world than today.

Aimless, Sunday, 22 April 2007 17:24 (fourteen years ago) link

This was the weekend of the Seattle library booksale. The withdrawal pains were severe, and early morning attendance at the EMP pop conference did not offer much relief.

Jaq, Sunday, 22 April 2007 23:13 (fourteen years ago) link

I can't remember'em all. But I do remember buying:

martin amis' money
adventures of sherlock holmes
ballard's crash
paluhniak's haunted
fowles' the collector

and a few others. shit, i can't remember!

nathalie, Thursday, 26 April 2007 11:58 (fourteen years ago) link

Also, Max is where I was a few years ago. :-)

nathalie, Thursday, 26 April 2007 11:59 (fourteen years ago) link

Uh, another post, sorry:

drop city – t.c. boyle

any good? i noticed this at the store.

nathalie, Thursday, 26 April 2007 11:59 (fourteen years ago) link

Peter S. Beagle - The Last Unicorn (huh, the back cover of this has NO text. No blurbs, no brief summery, no "by the author of"... nothing! The unicorn on the cover has a goatee. The tree on the cover looks like it's made of potatoes)
Terry Pratchett - The Light Fantastic
Terry Pratchett - The Colour of Magic (I suspected earlier that I should be able to build a complete Discworld collection through used books stores. Looks like I was right. I've yet to find any of the recent books though)
James Knowlson - Damned To Fame: The Life of Samuel Beckett (I tend to steer clear of biographies, but the blog [Removed Illegal Link] made me want to read this)
Thukydides - The Peloponnesian War (I'm not going to go look up how that's spelled in English)

Øystein, Saturday, 5 May 2007 13:19 (fourteen years ago) link

Bloody hell. The link was supposed to be to the blog Anecdotal Evidence:

Øystein, Saturday, 5 May 2007 13:20 (fourteen years ago) link

the drndic is incredible

dogs, Saturday, 17 April 2021 16:33 (six months ago) link

More info please!

dow, Saturday, 17 April 2021 18:06 (six months ago) link

bought like loads recently.
Toni Morrison Mouthful of Blood (Known elsewhere as The Source of Self Regard) a collection of various writings by black writer on a number of topics.

An Indigenous People's History Of United States Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz one of several histories of the US in the Penguin Revisioning history of US series. I want to get a few of the others, her husband's one on Black/LatinX probably the first.

Muse, Odalisque, Handmaiden Rose Simpson
ISB member's memoir

The Lies That Bind Kwame Anthony Appiah
Book on identity

Have Black Lives Ever Mattered? MUmia Abu-Jamal
Not sure what I've read by him before and I used to get asked to play him.
A selection of short pieces covering a couple of decades and showing how very similar situations keep repeating in killings etc of black people. or at least his reports seem to have bee repeated since, hitting the news a lot right now but I think a constant.

Stevolende, Sunday, 18 April 2021 07:51 (six months ago) link

Chinese Rhyme-Prose, translated by Burton Watson, used trade paperback (remaindered, like new condition), $7.50.

The Columbia Book of Chinese Poetry: Early Times to the Thirteenth Century, editor and translator Burton Watson, used trade paperback (very good condition), $7.00.

Three Summers, Margarita Liberaki, trans. Van Dyck, used trade paperback (like new condition), NYRB Classics, $2.00.

sharpening the contraindications (Aimless), Tuesday, 27 April 2021 22:18 (five months ago) link

Some that I'm still waiting on for postal arrival:
- Will Alexander, The Combustion Cycle
- Carlos Lara, The Green Record
- Jackie Ess, Darryl

it's like edging for your mind (the table is the table), Wednesday, 28 April 2021 20:17 (five months ago) link

Boy On Fire Mark Mordue
found it cheaper tah I was expecting , in a shop which has just reopened the shelves to browse over the last week.
Wanted to get to read it, so glad I have bought it. Though possibly should have waited til I wasa bit less broke.
oh well, looks good. THis and Stranded which i read last month which features some of the same characters.
NIck Cave as a boy, like i think the boys Next Door cease to be right at the end. Though does look like it does have some bits of a later Cave looking back.

I missed an Australian interview with teh author last week cos i was really distracted by something else going on. have been hoping I'd get to see a video of it but don't seem to have been sent a link so far.

Stevolende, Wednesday, 28 April 2021 21:41 (five months ago) link

Alexandra Wilson In Black and White: A Young Barrister's Story of Race and Class in a Broken Justice System
Title refers to the author's mixed ethnic roots. I heard her talk on Guilkty Feminist last year tehn on a webinar from Scotland last week.
Sounds like a very interesting read. So looking forward to actually getting it. Now has an apparently lengthy addition since the hardback last year.
Bought from a local bookshop but getting sent to me through teh mail since I was thinking it was faster tahn waiting. Apparently click and collect would have been possibly tomorrow. Though not sure how long it takes to sort. So hope it arrives faster than Friday when I would have been a few minutes away from there.

Richard Thompson Beeswing
His memoir of the 60s and early 70s.
Again bought from the local place so hope it does arive in a few days.
Looking forward to reading this, have been since I heard it was forthcoming.

MIchelle Alexander New Jim Crow
Have been meaning to read this for a while. It was mentioned by Alexandra Wilson in her talk.
I bought the non 10th anniversary edition so not sure what I'm missing from doing so.
3rd thing bought from teh same source.
JUst had a few people mention not buying things fro Amazon and its related outlets. had bought from Book Depositary for a while but really need to rethink .If I'm buying books about ethical concerns I shouldn't be adding to funding Amazon who really seem to define bad ethics on a number of fronts.

Stevolende, Sunday, 9 May 2021 12:43 (five months ago) link

Not purchases, but some good finds from a big box of books someone was giving away on their stoop:

Willa Cather - Death Comes for the Archbishop
Satires of Juvenal - trans. by Rolfe Humphries
Patrick Leigh Fermor - A Time of Gifts
Patrick Leigh Fermor - Between the Woods and the Water

o. nate, Monday, 10 May 2021 02:33 (five months ago) link


Working in the POLL Mine (James Redd and the Blecchs), Monday, 10 May 2021 16:13 (five months ago) link

andré breton - what is surrealism?

no lime tangier, Friday, 14 May 2021 06:32 (five months ago) link

also william carlos williams's collected stories. i've quite liked what fiction of his i've read in the past so have high hopes!

no lime tangier, Friday, 14 May 2021 06:35 (five months ago) link

Filling in some Muriel Spark gaps by getting the little hardback editions that came out a couple of years ago. Tempted to collect them - never really done a matching set for a novelist before (I probably won't follow through. i just can't see myself buying and rereading The Mandelbaum Gate).

Finally, Hazlitt's Life of Napoleon. Pulled together a set for a good price - only one odd volume.

woof, Friday, 14 May 2021 08:53 (five months ago) link

Beowulf (tr.Heaney)
Fleur Jaeggy - Sweet days of Discipline
Osamu Dazai - No Longer Human
Elizabeth Hardwick - The Collected Essays Of
Joseph Conrad - The Secret Agent

xyzzzz__, Thursday, 27 May 2021 10:51 (four months ago) link

Should really cut out buying books but can't.

Catch and Kill: Lies, Spies, and a Conspiracy to Protect Predators by Ronan Farrow
Heard a lot about this a couple of years ago I think.

Les Miserables Victor Hugo
I think I had volume 2 for years, saw this in one volume for 1Euro so grabbed it

Life Below Stairs Alison Maloney
I think my brother was talking abouyt this a couple of years ago. & said it was a good overview of lives of those in service.
Hope i didn't already have it.

War Games - The Story of War In Modern Times Linda Polman
a look into the aid industry among other things.

Stevolende, Thursday, 27 May 2021 11:33 (four months ago) link

How To Be An Antiracist by Ibram X kendi
awesome find since I was thinking about buyingthis closer to full price. But this was 1Eur on a hidden shelf . So I was overjoyed.
So going to keep my eyes open for other things I've been looking for. Jus had a feeling taht if i went into this charity shop I'd find something good along these lines. Not that I don't normally find something in that one.
Anyway a book I've heard recommended in a few places so glad i can get to read it now.

Black cats and Evil Eyes Chloe rhodes
book on superstitions . Looked interesting I'm interested in teh subject.

Stevolende, Friday, 28 May 2021 21:25 (four months ago) link

Selling Your Fathers Bones Brian Schofield
History of oppression of the Nez Perce Indian tribe.
I walked over to a local bookshop that is slightly out of the way since I was in the vague area because of an art exhibition I went to.
So spent time walking around this bookshop that I've mainly been looking at the website for for teh last few weeks.
Found thsi which was something in an area I was looking for more stuff on. Histories of Indian tribes and preferably in a non Eurocentric style. I think it is a bit more enlightened than earlier histories would have been. Not really had a chance to look at it yet. Do think the whites in it don't come off looking great

Everything You know Is Wrong: The Disinformation Guide to Secrets and Lies
Oversize book on disinformation etc. Picked it up for 1.50 Eur yesterday in a charity shop.
Looks like it may help debunk some conspiracy theory while hopefully not fostering others. It's from 2002 so may have some old information in that has more recently been updated and changed.
Not really read through it yet. Hope i do get a chance to.

Mein kampf Adolf Hitler
Indian version of unreliable narrator's memoir. Or taht is to say it seems like this copy was printed for an Asian, English speaking market.
I can't see a translator listed which I was loooking for.
I tried reading this about 35 years ago and not sure how far I got with it. THought it might help to know how his mind worked if that was obvious from his writings. & if that was something yo could extrapolate any further from.
Or if it is just better to read all the material criticising him.

didn't wind up buying Beloved by Toni Morrison cos i didn't have change in my pocket. Need to get it though.
Purchase would also have included Gore Vidal's the Golden Age and one other. may try to get back over to the charity shop.

The Earth Shall Weep James Wilson
Another book on white oppression of Indigenous people in the US. This one is about what was termed the indian Wars which is more like a system of government sponsored genocide of several tribes of Indigenous people. Again not started it so not had a chance to asses what I think about it yet. I think it is pretty scathing about the white input far more so than history has previously been taught, but I could be wrong about the degree to which that is true.

Stevolende, Sunday, 6 June 2021 11:41 (four months ago) link

I went into a local charity shop that has been closed since Xmas looking foir a few more books on race and decolonisation and things. Didn't really get taht but did get these

How To Rig An Election Nic Cheeseman & Brian Klaas
How despots retain power and fun things like that

This Is Your Brain On Music Daniel Levitin
I think the title is the description like. An ex record producer who became a neuroscientist looks at how the brain reacts and interacts with music. Have been hearing about this for years I think and not had a chance to read it yet.

Cruel britannia A Secret History of Torture Ian Cobain
investigative journalist looks into activity that UK tried to keep secret etc. Seeing it reviewed quite well so hope i get a chance to read this soon.

Sapiens A Brief History of Humankind
I think this was a recent bestseller reasonably recently. It's a title i think I have seen recommended too.

charity shop doing this size of non fiction for 2Euro a pop . Great.

Stevolende, Tuesday, 8 June 2021 15:49 (four months ago) link

Censors at Work HOw States Shaped Literature by Robert Darnton
book on how state censorshiop in 3 different times and geographical areas shaped what was able to be published . free from library.

From the Gracchae to Nero H.H.Scullard
History of Rome from 133BC to 48AD that used to be a standard history text book. Heard it's quite good. Another freebie from the library

A History of The Franks Gregory of Tours
Medieval history of European people taht gave its name to France etc but had wider catchment earlier. Should be interesting. I like to think I find this stuff really interesting but I think its automatically on my to read pile since i have things I'm already in the middle of . Wish I could read more than one thing ata time, like literally.

Cyberselfish Paulina Borsook
Wired writer looks into hightech. Bought it cheap in a multibuy for 2Eur with teh Gregory of Toursd and a thing on Sugar. Have now seen it is getting middling reviews so maybe should have got the alterntive book I put back Humans by Colin Phillips. oh well.
May have some insight in.

Sugar The Grass That Changed The World Sandija O'Connell
history of the plant that drove the slave trade among other things. I think from ancient times to present day.

50 Psychology Classics: Who We Are, How We Think, What We Do: Insight and Inspiration from 50 Key Books
by Tom Butler-Bowdon
summary of several psychological tropes that I thought would be useful. Well it wasa Euro so I thought I'd take the plunge.

a few books from the library.
White Fragility Robin diAngelo
Started this last night and it does seem to be giving some perspective into the lack of perspective involved.

Stamped from the Beginning: The Definitive History of Racist Ideas in America Ibram X kendi
not started this yet but I think the title is a good description, just reading his How To Be An Anti-Racist which I'm finding very rewarding. Another book helping me understand previous experiences.

Stevolende, Saturday, 19 June 2021 10:55 (four months ago) link

Lewis Thomas - The Medusa and the Snail
the only one of his that I couldn't find at my library or on scribd. lives of a cell and the youngest science are both great. wish I had found them when I was a teenager.

Tommy Wonder - The Books of Wonder
magic tricks and some of the philosophy behind his performances. continuing my three-year trend of purchasing magic books, reading them, and not practicing or performing any of the tricks.

Jeff VanderMeer - Ambergris trilogy
one huge hardcover book. I bounced hard off of his latest, hummingbird salamander, but I still want to try out some of his older stuff. (I had only read the Southern Reach books previously.)

James Baldwin - Go Tell it on the Mountain
Diane Cook - The New Wilderness
Harlan Ellison - I Have No Mouth and I Must Scream
Soji Shimada - Murder in the Crooked House

kindle deals. The last one is released under Pushkin Vertigo, an imprint that releases translated mysteries. I snatch them up whenever they're on sale.

wasdnuos (abanana), Sunday, 20 June 2021 03:28 (four months ago) link

Verso books have had a 40% off sale this month so I grabbed The Invention Of The White Race volume 1 last night. Not sure when it'll get here. Have been meaning to read it for a while. I think it was mentioned on a thread here a few years back.
The 2 volumes are being released in an omnibus edition in October. Hoping that I am not about to find out that July has 50% off since May had 30%. & that's across the publishing house.

Stevolende, Sunday, 27 June 2021 07:11 (three months ago) link

Claudius The God Robert Graves
One of the sequels in the Claudius series. I think this is 2nd book. I watched the 70s BBC series a few years ago and have meant to read the books for years. Possibly longer. Now have it so need to actually do so.

Hillbilly Elegy

Chronicles of the Crusades Joinville and Villehardouin
I think I had been reminded that I had wanted to read this a few weeks ago. Possibly surfing through Goodreads.
It was one thing I'd noted to read in the summer of 2003 but I think found out was in the special collection in the University library which limited access.
Anyway 2 chronicles of different crusades by people involved. The whole enterprise kinda sucked on a colonialist front and people weren't even white yet so obviously had even less excuse, like. But I thought this might give insight into the epistemology yah?

1434 Gavin Menzies
I enjoyed 1421 in the late 00ies so. have meant to read this since. Should have realised that it's reputation has it as nearly speculative fiction now. Like a newer less far fetched Von Daniken or something.
Chinese arrive in Europe with their ancient knowledge and trigger the renaissance. Is that a better idea than people fleeing from Constantinople bring knowledge with them. & is the concept of Renaissance now outdated and questionable like I'm hearing the Enlightenment is.
Anyway looking forward to reading about the big ship energy from the Chinese. Cos at least they is non Eurocentric or something.

Our Word Is Our Weapon Subcomandante Insurgente Marco
Zapatista leaders selected writings

The Education of an Idealist Samantha Power.
Memoir of Irish born US cabinet member.

Stevolende, Monday, 28 June 2021 06:41 (three months ago) link

Claudius The God Robert Graves
One of the sequels in the Claudius series. I think this is 2nd book

Thought there were only the two books.

Rich Valley Girl, Poor Valley Girl (James Redd and the Blecchs), Monday, 28 June 2021 09:42 (three months ago) link

yeah, I thought there were more. But this goes up to his death.

Stevolende, Monday, 28 June 2021 10:50 (three months ago) link

Guess Claudius, The Ghost never really got off the ground.

Rich Valley Girl, Poor Valley Girl (James Redd and the Blecchs), Monday, 28 June 2021 17:20 (three months ago) link

could have explored his time in the afterworld or something. surely.

Stevolende, Monday, 28 June 2021 17:37 (three months ago) link

Elliott Kalan and John Hodgman did a podcast about I, Claudius last year. I didn't listen to it.

wasdnuos (abanana), Monday, 28 June 2021 18:54 (three months ago) link

^sounds like something I would have posted

Rich Valley Girl, Poor Valley Girl (James Redd and the Blecchs), Monday, 28 June 2021 19:31 (three months ago) link

stoked to have finally found an affordable copy of denton welch's journals (jocelyn brooke version)

no lime tangier, Monday, 5 July 2021 04:47 (three months ago) link

Octavia Butler Lillith Brood
I don't seem to coincide with copies of her books in charity shops for some reason. Maybe people grab them as soon as they see them or something. This was the 3 parts of the book series in one omnibus set . Glad i grabbed it cos i'm finding it pretty readable.
Must get more when i get the chance.

THe Mammoth Book Of native Americans.
Looked like this was pretty comprehensive which would be good but it does still have Indians crossing the Bering Strait landbridge which I thought was a while outof date. So hope it is worth it.

Flea Acid For the Children
Thought it might be interesting and i did get it as a part of a 3 books for 2Euro deal in a charity shop

The Written Word Martin Puchner
How Literature shaped history. Well looked interesting and was part of the same deal

An African American and LatinX History of the United States Paul Ortiz
I read his wife's Indigenous book in this Revisioning series a few weeks back so was looking forward to this. may have too many books on the go to get to this too fast now though.

Stevolende, Monday, 5 July 2021 23:19 (three months ago) link

LOvecraft Country Matt Ruff
not seen this around. Bought from same charity shop I got the Octyavia Butler on the previous visit.
Enjoyed teh tv series and heard thaht varies a bit from this.

THe Black Diaspora Ronald Segal
White South African telkls a black history . looked interesting so hoping it is actually good, slightly worried by the white SA bit on picking up the book. But seems he was a Jewish anti apartheid campaigner. Will see what this reads like.

How He Gets Into Her head Don henessy

Nega Mezlekia The God Who Begat A jackal
novel by Ethiopian now living in Canada. Seems to be based ina lot of local folklore and things.

Thomas L Friedman The Lexus and The Olive Tree Understanding Globalization

Ben Okri The Famished Road
Booker prize winning novel by writer I've meant to read for a while.

Stevolende, Wednesday, 7 July 2021 19:23 (three months ago) link

Green Suede Shoes: An Irish-American Odyssey Larry Kirwan
memoir of Irish American musician who I became familiar with from him backing Copernicus and met when he was leading Black 47

Girls Against God Jenny Hval
feminist book verging on manifesto apparently. got 2 loads of 3 books for 1 Euro => 2 euro = 6 books so found some interesting stuff in a charity shop that I had seen some interesting stuff before. I know this writer's name from somewhere and this look sinteresting

Sick in the Head: Conversations About Life and Comedy JUdd Apatow
book of interviews which was part of taht deal too

The Great Dune Trilogy Frank Herbert
I know I've read Dune itself not sure about the other 2 here./ I got some Herbert when my uncle died a couple of decades ago I know there was some Dune in there but not sure what.

Toni Morrison Beloved
This was the book i'd seen on a previous visit. Odd layout in the shop with books stood up in rows behind the visible front row might explain why it was still there.
Really need to read some Morrison. Now got 2 to get to.

Richard Wright Black Boy
May have read this before, some years ago. Another book on the black experience from the middle of the 20th century

The Victorian Underworld Kellow Chesney
Looked interesting in a different charity shop.
Overview of the milieu of the criminal underworld during the Victorian era innit.

The Rise of Respectable Society: A Social History of Victorian Britain, 1830-1900 F.M.L. Thompson
bought this in the same purchase as the other Victorian book. Seems like it could be good and this kind of sociologcal view seems really interesting right now . Not really looked at it much yet I mean stocking up yet again .

Stevolende, Monday, 12 July 2021 14:58 (three months ago) link

Daedalian Depths by Rami Hansenne
Based on Christopher Manson's MAZE but I hear that it is actually solvable. I'm going to put off looking at clues for as long as possible.

wasdnuos (abanana), Monday, 12 July 2021 22:09 (three months ago) link

> Jenny Hval
> I know this writer's name from somewhere

she's all over 6 music, but i didn't know she wrote books

koogs, Tuesday, 13 July 2021 00:19 (three months ago) link

Went into town so bound to have bought even more
this time

The Irish (& Other Foreigners) Shane Hegarty
Irish book looking at immigration to the country over 10, 000 years. Vikings, Italians and everybody .
Sounded like it might be interestig. Hoping it is more on the decolonisation side of things.

Joan Of Arc The Image of Female Heroism Marina Warner
I saw this i the shop a couple of weeks ago but I thought this was gone last week.
Have read a couple of the writer's books and seen talks tied in with the latest book she put out.
So hope i do have a chance to read this.

MIddle England Jonathan Coe
one of the books in this trotter family saga. I read the ones named after Hatfield and the north lps about 20 years ago I think. Maybe not quite that long ago. I think this i s2018 and the main characte ris much older.

Companero The Life and Death of Che Guevara Jorge Castaneda
biography of the revolutionary hero

Girls Will Be Girls Emer O'Toole
Feminist book on gender identity etc

Stevolende, Wednesday, 14 July 2021 15:17 (three months ago) link

three weeks pass...

Deconstruction In A Nutshell A Conversation with Jacques Derrida
Seemed to be an interesting introduction

The Way Home Tales from A Life Without Technology Mark Boyle
I think this is an ex-p[at Brit who lives down country in either Galway or Clare off the grid. I saw him do a talk at the launch of either this or a later book and have meant to get this ever since and his other work.

A Natural History Of the Senses Dianne Ackerman
sensualist look into the senses , history antropology and fun things

The Stubborn Soil William A. Owens
memoir of a Texan survivor of extreme poverty

Stonemouth Iain Banks
a sequel to the Wasp factory I think

A Girl Is A Half Formed Thing Eimear McBride

THe Female Eunuch Germaine Greer
Feminist book by Australian author

The haunting Of Hill HOuse Shirley jackson
Have come across films and tv series based on this so thought I'd grab th ebook too.

Dolly My Life and Other Unfinished Business Dolly Parton
memoir of country star

The Handmaid's Tale Margaret Atwood
still not read much of the Atwood i was picking up a while back but somehow hadn't got this one

Banksy The Man Behind The Wall Will Ellsworth-Jones
biography of the grafitti artist

Paranormality Why We See What Isn't There Professor RIchard Wiseman
book sceptical of the supernatural taht sees some benefits deriving from the study of the subject

How to DO MORE of Just About Everything
thought I might learn how to do some things i don't yet.

Costume Worldwide
depictions of costume over history I thought it might inspire meto get back to making stuff. May do yet

Cat Breeds of teh World Desmond Morris
Thought it might be good. I known his manwatching and stuff. & knowing cat breeds might be useful at some point

Stevolende, Friday, 6 August 2021 17:30 (two months ago) link

knowing cat breeds might be useful at some point

― Stevolende

Stevo your worldview and your book shopping habits are both really inspiring to me

Clara Lemlich stan account (silby), Friday, 6 August 2021 19:16 (two months ago) link

spent some of yesterday downloading recent purchases, some of which I'd forgotten i'd bought...

summer, ali smith. i enjoyed autumn and have been picking up the other parts when i see them. missing winter.

Germinal, Zola. was cheap and sounds right up my street.

Children of Ruin, the second part of that thing about the spider planet.

troy, Stephen fry. didn't like the chapter i read of his mythos, sounded too much like Stephen fry, so this was a cheap hate-purchase given i'm on an iliad kick lately.

the honjin murders, mentioned here recently and i like the cover.

currently buying at about 3x my reading speed... but it's nice and varied so I'll never be stuck for something to read no matter what mood in in. and those 5 in total were less than half the price of the one physical book i bought this month.

koogs, Monday, 9 August 2021 07:12 (two months ago) link

Okay, sorry meant to post

No Particular Place to POLL (James Redd and the Blecchs), Friday, 13 August 2021 00:41 (two months ago) link

I've acquired the Repeater Books reissue of Patrick Wright: THE VILLAGE THAT DIED FOR ENGLAND.

The physical scale of Wright's books is remarkable!

the pinefox, Friday, 13 August 2021 10:53 (two months ago) link

My local charity bookshop that benefits the public library has reopened recently. Today I bought:

Vinland, Thomas Pynchon, used hardcover w/ dust jacket, $1.
A Small Town in Germany, John LeCarre, used trade paperback, $1.

it is to laugh, like so, ha! (Aimless), Saturday, 14 August 2021 21:17 (two months ago) link

Peter Cook A Biography Harry Thompson

Bandit Country The IRA & South Armagh Toby Harnden

Jeanette Winterson Frankisstein

A Mercy Toni Morrison

Even Silence Has An End Ingrid Betancourt

Grrl Gurl Gworl Guhl Kenya Hunt

THe Amazing Adventures of Kavalier & Clay Michael Chabon

Stevolende, Wednesday, 18 August 2021 17:25 (two months ago) link

Malice in Blunderland Aubrey Malone
I think this is about Holllywood gossip. Seems to be too new to even turn up on goodreads etc. Cant even get a read for it on Google.
Found it for a Euro in a charity shop so thought it would be worth grabbing. Not really had a chance to look at it yet.

Larry Kirwan The Bronx
Irish American musician memoir about his life during the 80s. So far he's been ripped off before getting on the plane out of Ireland.
I think I mainly know him as the main backing musician to Copernicus though I may have something by his band Black 47 somewhere.
First chapter seemed promising. I got his Green Suede Shoes from a different charity shop recently too but haven't got into it yet.
THink I will be reading this soon but do have a lot of things already on the go.

Once Upon A Time In Aparanta Sudeep Chakravarti,
This looked like it could be interesting. I wanted to read as much non European stuff as possible was my excuse to myself for buying things when I'm too broke to be doing so. May catych up with me later. may turn out to be the best thing I've read in ages. One takes the gamble somethimes. I dunno.

Katherine Swynford: The Story of John of Gaunt and His Scandalous Duchess Alison Weir
Free book from teh library. They have a section of books taht can be taken. This looked like it ould be pretty interesting th epiecing together of a medieval woman's life by a current female historian.
So hope i do have the time to get to this.

Stevolende, Thursday, 26 August 2021 12:19 (one month ago) link

Rockin' the Bronx was the Larry Kirwan title

Stevolende, Thursday, 26 August 2021 12:20 (one month ago) link

Dulwich Park Festival: 50p for a tiny hardback of Synge: 4 plays + THE ARAN ISLANDS.

I wanted to have THE ARAN ISLANDS so this is a find.

the pinefox, Monday, 6 September 2021 11:03 (one month ago) link

If that Synge is the Oxford World Classics pocket edition, I have owned a copy of it since 1978. Yes, it is one sweet little book!

it is to laugh, like so, ha! (Aimless), Monday, 6 September 2021 16:25 (one month ago) link

Adventures in The Skin Trade Dylan Thomas
hardback copy of anthology of pieces not previously published in Book form. I thought i might be interesting but not read much of it so far.
Now seeing reviews of it taht say that it is opaque or cloudy or something. Like its well written but the reviewer can't make sense of what's being said., I dunno, is that bad reading ? Will explore further. I'm not that familiar with Dylan Thomas, do know some of his biography but not much of his work. Still looked interesting and may have me investigating him further.

Africa: Altered States, Ordinary Miracles Richard Dowden
a look at contemporary Africa from the late 00ies.
Not familiar wit the book. It looked interesting as i looked at the shelves of a charity shop and had Africa in the title.
Hope its not got an overly white gaze.

as some reviews of
The Lost Kingdoms of Africa Jeffrey Tayler
have suggested.
Another travelogue around Africa by a white Author. Looked interesting for 1.50Eur and i hadn't checked reviews til i got it home.
Well it will either be read and possibly found wanting or found to have some merit.

Just Ignore Him Alan Davies
memoir by the TV personality. I have liked him on QI and he comes from an area of London I was somewhat familiar with since my mother taught around there at one point as i grew up. have wanted to know a bit more about hsi relationship to the place since finding out he was from there. Just hope there is some of that here.
an Davi

Stevolende, Wednesday, 8 September 2021 12:56 (one month ago) link

Went to a charity shop for the first time in ages and found a hardcover of John McPhee's Annals of the Former World. $6.

adam t. (abanana), Sunday, 19 September 2021 02:47 (one month ago) link

Just a bunch of gifts and Oxfam finds (* = already read, is good to have a copy):

J. Rodolfo Wilcock - The Temple of Iconoclasts
The Argonauts - Maggie Nelson*
Driss Chaibi - The Simple Past
Natalia Ginzburg - Family and Borghesia
Gerald Murnane - Tamarisk Row
Mario Levrero - The Luminous Novel
Raymond Chandler - The Big Sleep
Nammalvar - Tiruvaymoli (Endless Song)
Shakespeare - Anthony and Cleopatra
Jocelyn Brooke - The Image of a Drawn Sword*

xyzzzz__, Tuesday, 28 September 2021 22:17 (three weeks ago) link

Here Comes Everybody James Fearnley
POgues accordionist's memoirs of the time he spent in the band. From auditioning for guitar in the Nipple Erectors to leaving a whilie after Shane had been fired. I found it quite compelling. Wound up being the book i read almost immediately after buying it which is like 2 weeks ago.
I'm not sure to what extent I was afmiliar with the history of the band. I didn't take the opportunity to see them in their early days which I should have done. May have seen them at Brockwell Park if at all. I did buy records from Shane in Rocks Off , met him at a Nick Cave gig a while later and even got to armwrestle him backstage at the Brixton Rollercoaster gig for which he gave me £10 to buy a drink after i missed the free bar.
Sorry to hear about quite what a state and liability he was to work with. He was quite a decent songwriter at one point.
Also interesting to hear about the ratio of Irish players in the band which I had assumed were mainly 2nd generation Irish Uk immigrant and seems to b efar less so.
Great book anyway I thought. I know i saw this around for ages in sales in HMV and FOPP and thingsbut don't think I had teh urge to buy it until I found it in a local charity shop.

Secrets of the Press ed by Stephen Glover
Allstar cast of newspaper journalists give some insight into how things are done within the press of the turn of the millennium and a couple of decades before. I've read a couple of the essays and found them pretty interesting. Good to get a picture of how the world works or is it more worked. At least at one time. I do like things like this.

The Guilty Feminist: From Our Noble Goals to Our Worst Hypocrisies Deborah Frances-White
THe book related to a podcast I listen to frequently. I've been meaning to pick up a copy for a while but hadn't seen it around physically. Then managed to see 2 copies in different shops in one week. THis was the cheaper of teh 2 and does seem to be reasonably new.
It starts with a history/overview of feminism and the goes into further exploration.

Killing Custer: The Battle of Little Big Horn and the Fate of the Plains Indians James Welch
an attempt to look at the massacre that lead to the death of Custer from an Indian perspective and then look into the consequent history of the tribes involved.
James Welch was a Native American author so his perspective should be interesting. So far I've read the introduction and look forward to the rest of the book. He is joined in writing this by the film maker Paul Sekler who made acouple of films on the subject himself.

Modern Art and Modernism: A Critical Anthology Francis Frascina (Editor),
Charles Harrison (Editor)
An Open University related text book including a number of essays and articles on the subject. It came out in the 90s. Looks interesting

Manson: The Life and Times of Charles Manson Jeff Guinn
apparently the best researched book on the late 60s figure. I have read afew books on him and heard his solo lp.
So this looked like an interesting buy in a charity shop yesterday.
May take a while to get around to reading.

Also got hold of Jane Jacobs The Death and Life of Great American Cities from the library
I know i saw a documentary on the writer a while back & probably at least one webinar.
Looks interesting, hopefully give me even more background on a series of Town planning talks i was following last year and will probably continue interest in if webinars continue online. I think this is an interesting perspective anyway and may be one that has been built on since its early 60s initial publication.

Stevolende, Sunday, 3 October 2021 16:42 (two weeks ago) link

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