A Book for Your Extra . . .

In the weeks before I left to travel for the better part of a year, many people asked me if I was going to get a Kindle. Gasp. How could they ask such a question?! A technological device instead of a book? Never! While I don’t regret my decision nor do I plan to buy a Kindle—or other e-book device—anytime soon, I will admit that it did get a bit frustrating trying to find a book to read (in English) among all the tattered John Grisham paperbacks and pawed copies of the Millennium trilogy. But there were a few particularly stellar book exchanges that we stumbled across and one or two well-stocked English-language bookstores that enabled me to find enough books to read throughout the trip. They weren’t all gems (Mark and I both tried to read Howard Jacobson’s Booker Prize-winning The Finkler Question, but couldn’t get through it. Too whiney!), but they did the trick.

Upon returning home, I plan to resume my freelance book-reviewing ways. But for now, a simple list must suffice.

  1. The Vintage Book of Latin American Stories by Carlos Fuentes
  2. Cloud Atlas by David Mitchell
  3. The Thousand Autumns of Jacob de Zoet by David Mitchell
  4. The Little Friend by Donna Tartt
  5. A Short History of Tractors In the Ukraine by Marina Lewycka
  6. Imperfect Birds by Anne Lamott
  7. Never Let Me Go by Kazuo Ishiguro
  8. The Remains of the Day by Kazuo Ishiguro
  9. When We Were Orphans by Kazuo Ishiguro
  10. Friend of My Youth by Alice Munro
  11. Suite Francaise by Irene Nemirovsky
  12. Lives of Girls and Women by Alice Munro
  13. No Great Mischief by Alistair Macleod
  14. Youth by J.M. Coetzee
  15. The Spring 2011 Issue of Granta
  16. The Summer 2011 Issue of Granta
  17. “Family Happiness” – a collection of short stories by Leo Tolstoy
  18. The Tender Bar by J.R. Moehringer
  19. The Good Doctor by Damon Galgut
  20. The Imperfectionists by Tom Rachman
  21. The Photograph by Penelope Lively
  22. Women With Men by Richard Ford
  23. Glass Castle by Jeanette Walls

What am I reading now? War and Peace by Leo Tolstoy (for the second time. Huzzah!)—this time, the Rosemary Edmonds translation.

What will I read when I get home? Not sure! As I’ve been a wee bit out of the publishing loop for the last seven months, I’d love to hear your recommendations. Feel free to email me with suggestions or leave them in the comments section below.


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6 Responses to A Book for Your Extra . . .

  1. sarala says:

    I love how we are mostly aligned in our taste in books!! [well except for the dark Russian ones]. I am currently reading [Laura’s recommendations] Cleopatra, and the tiger’s wife next. The short Booker prize list just came out and the books there look mighty tasty. Also Alexandra Fuller just came out with a new memoir following her last one about her parents who lived on a plantation in Zambia and I really liked it. Lots of films coming out, so we can have out movie nights — I have passes!!! I miss you both. Enjoy yourselves.

  2. ari burling says:

    I don’t like cars. I prefer traveling by horse drawn carriage.


  3. Robert Burling says:

    So – I have read Atlas Shrugged THREE times. When you catch up we’ll talk..

    John Galt …aka…Love Dad

  4. I’m into my Women’s phase once again and am reading Susan B Anthony. So interesting. She was amazing.

  5. mom wyman says:

    I highly recommend a series of three books by Stieg Larsson.

    Girl with The Dragon Tattoo
    Girl Who Played with Fire
    Girl Who Kicked the Hornets Nest (presently reading)

    They are all amazing and you can’t put them down.
    See you both next week.

    mom W.

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