I've really been slacking on my posting here, but I've been reading like crazy. Here's what I've finished since I last posted (10 days ago). I am so glad that I tossed The Goldfinch aside after 200 pages. It gave me time to read much better stuff.
Three novels (all very different; all great):
A Tale for the Time Being; Ozeki, Ruth. Author calls it a Zen novel, I call it a good read.
The Signature of All Things; Gilbert, Elizabeth. I haven't read anything else by her. This is so good, I'm not sure I want to read her earlier books.
John Saturnall's Feast; Norfolk, Lawrence. I have read some of his earlier work, this did not disappoint.
A wonderful novella that had been sitting on my Kindle, half finished because I had so many library books approaching their due dates :
An Episode in the Life of a Landscape Painter; Aira, César; Chris Andrews, translator
Three short story collections (again, all different, all great):
Battleborn; Watkins, Claire Vaye. A stunning debut.
Amsterdam Stories; Nescio; Damion Searls, Translator
Life Studies: Stories; Vreeland, Susan
Senegal Taxi; Herrera, Juan Felipe.
An eclectic assortment of non-fiction:
The Mystery of the Hanging Garden of Babylon: An elusive world wonder traced; Dalley, Stephanie.
Oudry's Painted Menagerie: Portraits of Exotic Animals in Eighteenth-Century Europe; Morton, Mary and others. I read this online at the Getty Virtual Library--an amazing resource.
In Translation: Translators On Their Work And What It Means; Allen, Esther. This is a must read for anyone interested in literary translations (either as a practitioner or reader).
Hedy's Folly: The Life and Breakthrough Inventions of Hedy Lamarr, the Most Beautiful Woman in the World; Rhodes, Richard.
The Beats: A Graphic History; Buhle, Paul. A good topic for a graphic presentation.
I'll Take You There: Mavis Staples, the Staple Singers, and the March up Freedom's Highway; Kot, Greg