Monday, December 07, 2009

Whether your quiver is large or small, you are welcome.*

Oh dear.
I miss you all.
But what with H’s expanded hours and the Fourth Child Who Is Kicking My Butt, I am lucky I have enough brain power to even read, let alone blog about what I’m reading. Bear with me, I will try to do better.
Um, right after Christmas.

I just reread Gil McNeil’s The Beach Street Knitting Society and Yarn Club in preparation to read its sequel Needles and Pearls. Not yet out in the US, it was sent to me by a kind friend who sort of accidentally ordered it from a UK bookshop. Equally as charming as the first, the plot takes a couple unexpected turns, but it still qualifies as feel-good reading, and it inspires me to knit more.

I am thoroughly and surprisingly enjoying the weird little novel by Jonathan Miles, Dear American Airlines. Begun as a letter of complaint to the airline during an unexpected and extended layover in O’Hare Airport, Bennie Ford meanders through his life, his relationships, and his personal epiphanies. It’s an odd conceit for a novel but it works, and Bennie is a complicated but sympathetic man.

I also finished Tom Perrotta’s The Abstinence Teacher, but since I read it, weirdly concurrently, with Kathryn Joyce’s Quiverfull: Inside the Christian Patriarchy Movement, I think I will save my thoughts about that bizarre juxtaposition for another post.

Moving onto Raffaella Barker’s autobiographical Come and Tell Me Some Lies and Lillian Nattel’s engaging The River Midnight.

My husband asked for my marked-up copy of the Persephone Press catalogue, so I am anticipating some lovely, dove grey volumes among my Christmas gifts.

And I just requested a buttload of YA novels from the library today, after catching up on Jess’s blog.

I am going to die before I get to read everything I want to, aren’t I?

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from the Quiverfull website (www.quiverfull.com)

10 comments:

Jess said...

I subscribed to the Persephone catalog just because I knew it would be lovely to look at. Any favorites from what you've already read? I read The Homemaker, and my library owns a few others that I haven't gotten around to yet.

Elizabeth said...

How did you go about procuring a Persephone catalog? The email on their website dd not work.

I really need to read those knitting books..I've been knitting like a maniac and I need inspiration to finish this blasted scarf I agreed to make for my mom's work Pollyanna.

Debi said...

Better to die with stuff you still want to read than to run out of stuff you want to read, which would be a kind of death...

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Badger said...

Those Quiverfull people freak me right the hell out.

BabelBabe said...

Jess, I liked The Homemaker, and LOVED Miss Buncle's Book. Am starting France Hodgson Burnett's Making of a Marchioness soon...will email you my Christmas list for your perusal and my reccs : )

Elizabeth - I think if you sign up for the mailing list (Contact>Mailing List) you get catalogues sent to you.

BabelBabe said...

badge - me too and i have my suspicions that several of my high school compatriots are Quiverfull adherents...

Sarah Louise said...

probably the only fond memory ever had of strep throat: reading a staff copy of The River Midnight.

Katya said...

I liked Dear American Airlines too and didn't really expect too.

TLB said...

I think we're all going to die without having read everything we want to. I think that's just a fact of life, alas. Unless you don't like to read, in which case you're already dead.