Monday, April 17, 2017

Library Books Mid-April 2017

The Noise of Time by Julian Barnes
Brand New Ancients by Kate Tempest
Hold Your Own by Kate Tempest
Judas by Amos Oz
Sex Object: A Memoir by Jessica Valenti
Midwinter by Fiona Melrose
The Gustav Sonata by Rose Tremain

This was a smaller library month, probably because I still had so many that I had checked out in previous months. In fact, I was really able to clear out some of those piles in the first few weeks of April.

The two Tempest volumes are for National Poetry month, Crispin and Valenti accompany my ongoing feminism reading, Melrose and Tremain are from the Bailey's Prize longlist, and Barnes is just... because.

Tuesday, April 11, 2017

Reading Envy 084: A Worthy Tangent

Bryan Alexander stops by the Reading Envy Pub to talk about three books, but we end up talking about many other worthy topics as well.

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Books featured:

We Make the Road by Walking: Conversations on Education and Social Change by Myles Horton and Paolo Freire
The Mothers by Brit Bennett
Passage Through Armageddon: The Russians in War and Revolution, 1914-1918 by W. Bruce Lincoln
The Beautiful Struggle by Ta-Nehisi Coates
Memory by Linda Nagata
Difficult Women by Roxane Gay

Other mentions:

Pedagogy of the Oppressed by Paolo Freire
Blog-based discussion of We Make the Road by Walking on Bryan's blog
Antigonish Movement
Antigonish Movement 2.0
Tournament of Books 2017
Interview with Brit Bennett
Between the World and Me by Ta-Nehisi Coates
The Undertaking by Audrey Magee
City of Thieves by David Benioff
Symphony for the City of the Dead: Dmitri Shostakovich and the Siege of Leningrad by M.T. Anderson
Doctor Faustus by Thomas Mann
The Magic Mountain by Thomas Mann
The Rest is Noise: Listening to the Twentieth Century by Alex Ross
The Memory of Whiteness: A Scientific Romance by Kim Stanley Robinson
Napoleon Symphony by Anthony Burgess
A Clockwork Orange by Anthony Burgess
Earthly Powers by Anthony Burgess
Rites of Spring: The Great War and the Birth of the Modern Age by Modris Eksteins
American Visionary Art Museum
Red Emma's Bookstore
Vast by Linda Nagata
The Dervish House by Ian McDonald
God's War by Kameron Hurley
Hugo Awards
Nebula Awards
Ninefox Gambit by Yoon Ha Lee
Luke's review of Ninefox Gambit on the SFBRP Podcast
Everfair by Nisi Shawl
The Mahabarata

Related Episodes:

Episode 002 - Return of the Euthanized Book with guest Bryan Alexander
Episode 011 - People of the Book with guest Bryan Alexander
Episode 030 - Bring Back the Guillotine! with guests Bryan Alexander and Steen Hansen
Episode 065 - Creeping through the Uncanny Valley with guest Bryan Alexander

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Tuesday, April 4, 2017

New Books In, March 2017

When I travel to a new place for the first time, I usually look for interesting bookstores and libraries. When I knew I would be heading to Baltimore for a conference, that translated to Red Emma's and the George Peabody Library. (links go to my photos in Instagram) Some of the preparation for the trip, and some of the purchases made on the trip are represented in this pile of new books added in March 2017.

A Small Key Can Open a Large Door: The Rojava Revolution
Suite for Barbara Loden by Nathalie Leger
The Outrun by Amy Liptrot
After Delores by Sarah Schulman
In Memoriam to Identity by Kathy Acker
The Devil Crept In by Ania Ahlborn
The Protester Has Been Released by Janet Sarbanes
The Waking Comes Late by Steven Heighton
Whereas: Poems by Layli Long Soldier
Difficult Women by Roxane Gay
Exit West by Mohsin Hamid
Lolly Willowes by Sylvia Townsend Warner
Evicted: Poverty and Profit in the American City by Matthew Desmond
The Experiment of West Kurdistan by Zaher Baher

Audio purchases (not pictured):
Lafayette in the Somewhat United States by Sarah Vowell
Barbarian Days: A Surfing Life by William Finnegan
Christadora by Tim Murphy
A Monster Calls by Patrick Ness
Deliverance by James Dickey
Stormy Cove by Bernadette Calonego
The Idiot by Elif Batuman

When I went to Red Emma's, and spent hours there along with a Goodreads friend, I decided to only buy books I'd never heard of. I was also hoping to find books that fit my borders reading project. Win/win! That's where the unnamed "small key" book comes from, along with Schulman, Acker, Sarbanes, and Baher.

I received my monthly subscriptions - Hamid and Warner from Book of the Month, and the Leger from Malaprops. I already had the Leger due to a previous purchase of all the Dorothy Project titles.

Soldier and Heighton were purchased for National Poetry Month, Gay since she was speaking at ACRL, and the Liptrot because I read a review copy and wanted it in my collection.

The Desmond was a gift from another reader in a book swap group, because she finished it and saw it on my tbr list. I won the Ahlborn from a Goodreads Giveaway.

For the audio list, the Finnegan, Murphy, Dickey, and Calonego were purchased during an Audible BOGO credit sale (and I had credits to spend!) I bought the Vowell to listen to on the way home from DC with my husband, and the Ness as a quick listen I initially thought I could discuss on the podcast. The Batuman is a review copy from Penguin Random House Audio.