Buying books

Any time is good for buying books but the time just before Christmas is even better. I get extatic around them, when they are still in mint condition and their content remains a mystery. Some of them have to wait very long for me to actually read them but I am so happy I have them. If I may suggest, if you’re buying books for Christmas, try to support the privately owned bookstores, not the big chains. Happy Holidays everyone!

Books I’ve read since the end of January

I love books, I love reading. The thrill of entering a different reality, the turning of the pages, a beautifully published book, well, simply books. I love them and am always interested in what others are reading so in case anybody would be interested in what I have recently read, here is a list put together in no particular order and without full bibliographical data but hey, there’s google. I hope you enjoy it and feel free to ask me about any of the belowmentioned as many of the books have just recently appeared on the market. I am certain I have forgotten some books because I do not keep a list and am relying on my memory. I will also make sure to post brief comments about them, hopefully soon. I have bought many of  the books after meeting the authors at the Shakespeare and Company Bookstore in Paris so if you’re here, do stop by on any Monday at 7 p.m. It’s worth it.

So there, the list:

Ernest Hemingway, A Moveable Feast

Albert Camus, L’Etranger

Irene Vilar, Impossible Motherhood, Testimony of an Abortion Addict,

Polar Bear, Path of the Creator (available in pdf on

Janet Skeslien Charles, Moonlight in Odessa

Dom Gabrielli, Parallel Body (Poetry, and a link to his MySpace page:

Chloe Aridjis, Book of Clouds (here, a link to the first chapter )

William Cliff, U.S.A. 1976 (in French)

Cynthia McEnloe, Bananas, Beaches, and Bases: Making Feminist Sense of International Politics

currently reading:

Naomi Klein, Doktryna Szoku (Shock Therapy)

Margo Berdeshevsky, Beautiful Soon Enough

Betty Friedan, the Feminine Mystique

Joseph Conrad, Typhon (French version translated from English by Gide)