Pickwick Papers by Charles Dickens. This was my grandfather's favorite book--because of the descriptions of the food, he used to say--and I have his old copy of it. I have difficulty with Dickens, particularly his earlier works, but I do love to read good food descriptions.
|Grandfather's signature in Pickwick Papers|
Music of the Swamp by Lewis Nordan. If you aren't familiar with Lewis Nordan, I suggest you look him up. I've read his memoir and a few of his other novels--which are mostly about boyhood in Mississippi. His novel Wolf Whistle is about the lynching of Emmett Till. I'm afraid to read that one. Music of the Swamp is another coming of age in the Delta book with some really good writing.
At Mrs. Lippincote's by Elizabeth Taylor. I am so excited to read this one. I loved Mrs. Palfrey at the Claremont and have always wanted to read more of Elizabeth Taylor. Then I saw Mrs. Lippincote mentioned over at Leaves and Pages , so I had to get it.
Wild Strawberries by Angela Thirkell. The Angela Thirkell shelves at the Alderman library caught my eye one day. One of the books had a little blurb describing Thirkell as the "new Anthony Trollope," so of course I must read her. I chose Wild Strawberries after pawing through the whole collection and finding the one with the earliest publication date. One likes to start near the beginning. No idea what it's about, but the book opens with, "The Vicar of St. Mary's, Rushwater, looked anxiously through the vestry window..."
The Town by William Faulkner. For the Fifty Classics project. As I've said before, I find Faulkner incredibly difficult, so I may be gritting my teeth through this one.
Miss Mole by E. H. Young. Written in 1930. I read a compelling review at the Bamboo Bookcase, so now it's on my bookshelf.
Three Men in a Boat (To Say Nothing of the Dog) by Jerome K. Jerome. Classic Victorian humor, and the author's name is awesome.
Wait for Marcy by Rosamund Du Jardin. I love vintage young adult books. This one was published in 1950. I think I may have read it when I was young, as our public library had a fantastic collection of old fashioned books for girls.
Reverse of the Medal by Patrick O'Brian. Another in the most excellent Jack Aubrey/Stephen Maturin series. I am nearing the end of the series, and would be bereft except that I'm already looking forward to re-reading it. Seriously. If you have never read Patrick O'Brian, I suggest you get Master and Commander as soon as you can. And see the movie too, in which Russell Crowe performs admirably as Captain Jack Aubrey.
Also hanging out on the nightstand, Nancy Pearl's More Book Lust, which I haven't had a chance to read yet, Nina Garcia's Little Black Book of Style, which I suppose I ought to read, and I (heart) Your Style by some chick whose privileged background is more disheartening than inspiring. I've looked at the pictures in that one, which are pretty, but it mostly functions as a bookend.
What's on your nightstand?