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Books to Read or Listen to

Paul Auster's new book:  Sunset Park.  audiobook narrated by Auster. Seven Types of Ambiguity by Elliot Perlman.  Set in Melbourne.  Reading Matters gives it 5 stars.  In the public library. Steve Martin books are available as audiobooks. My Brother Jack by George Johnston.  All time favorite book of Reading Matters.  Set in Australia. MJ Hyland's...

Books to Read or Listen to

Landscape of Farewell by Alex Miller.  I came across this review on, a Canadian company whose descriptive line is "Insightful writers.  Informed readers."   Audiobooks that sound interesting are two by Ross King (who wrote Brunelleschi's Dome):  Michelangelo and the Pope's Chapel and The Judgment of Paris:  The Revolutionary...

Australian Literature

I met Faye Christenberry who has just completed a bibliography of Australian literature and of course she had lots of recommendations.  Among them:  Tim Winton's Dirt Music, early Kate Grenville (Joan Makes History, I think), Alex Miller, winner of several Miles Franklin awards, especially Journey to Stone Country.   When Tim Winton was in Seattle he...

Books to Read

I went to the Charlottesville Festival of the Book and heard about these books that just sound wonderful: At a session called Women in Transition these authors talked about and read from their novels: Reunion by Therese Fowler; the protagonist is a successful talk show host who gave up a baby as a teenager to avoid her mother's limited life as a single parent. The Safety of Deeper Water by...

Books to Read

Paul Auster's Invisible.  The NYT reviewer thinks it's his best. Richard Flanigan.  An Australian writer, a favorite of Reading Matters. Karen Armstrong's The Case for God. The Perfect Heresy:  The Revolutionary Life and Death of the Medieval Cathars by Stephen O'Shea.  Described In the further reading section of A Castle in the Backyard as a short...

Books to Read

The Lieutenant by Kate Grenville.  Reviewed in the nyt 9/27.  Fiction based on the life of a British marine who was in the First Fleet and tells of his connection to the Aboriginal culture, checked out (10/23) at UVa library. The Dairies of Jane Somers by Doris Lessing, recommended by blogger Patience Crabstick. The Spare Room by Helen Garner, recommended by Reading Matters, set in...

Cold by Bill Streever

Cold by Bill Streever reviewed in today’s NYT looks good!

Books to Read

Remembering the Bones by Frances Itani — highly recommended by Corinne.

Books to Read

Several books look very interesting, based on the blog Reading Matters. 
Oscar and Lucinda by Peter Carey, Molly Fox's Birthday by Dierdre Madden (not for purchase here yet, but Alderman has it), The Wilderness by Samantha Harvey, By the Lake by John MaGehern (and others by him; John Self also is enthusiastic about him).

Two books to read

Michael Dirda in the Post mentions two books republished by the New York Review of Books:  J.R. Ackerley's (who wrote My Dog Tulip)  Hindoo Holiday and G.B. Edwards's The Book of Ebenezer Le Page.  The latter is about the author's life on the island of Guernsey and is described by Michael Dirda as deeply moving.


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