Thursday, June 28, 2007

Lipstick & Magazines #76: Too Much

Sometimes, there is just too, too much. Too many library books on hold, too many dog-eared recipes, too many bookmarks, way too many movies in the Netflix queue. I've been on a hamster wheel of media consumption (electricity-free retreat due shortly).

Josh and I went to Book Expo America in early June. This is the temple of the new book for publishers, booksellers, and librarians (me!) and we schmoozed and grabbed and shipped back about 100+ lbs. of assorted galleys and swag. Good times!

No galleys in hand for me but there will be new books from Alice Sebold and Ann Patchett. From the pile, I am quite excited about, but have yet to crack, the following:

Trail of Crumbs: Hunger, Love, and the Search for Home by Kim Sunee (her publisher started crying while describing this book about an abandoned young Korean girl who ends of getting adopted and growing up in New Orleans, then goes on to become the lover of the famous French founder of L'Occitane - intriguing)

Rosie Little's Cautionary Tales for Girls by Danielle Wood (for obvious reasons and because I like almost everything published by MacAdam Cage)

Uncommon Arrangements: Seven Portraits of Married Life in London Literary Circles 1910-1939 by Katie Roiphe (sounds good)

In the current love pile, find:

The Last Chinese Chef by Nicole Mones. She's such a crafty writer - you can just about breathe in all the hard work and research she did to create such magical depictions of Chinese cuisine, but the book manages to be a breezy, lovely read. If I had enough spare bucks I'd totally be here.

Decor 8 - color of the month is orange -whee!

I'm sure many of you are reading Animal, Vegetable, Miracle: A Year of Food Life by Barbara Kingsolver with her husband and daughter (that's one articulate 19 year old).

Gearing up for the first San Francisco International Poetry Festival. Grab that beret!

So You Think You Can Dance. Thanks Heather Havrilesky at Salon for saying it so...passionately.

New (to me) intriguing genre - mysteries written by Scandinavian women like Karen Fossum and Helene Tursten. If you shy away from the graphic, don't look this way. If you like it strange and dark and twisty, check it out.

Anthony Bourdain's No Reservations: Season 1 on DVD from the 'flix

If you fondly remember Alberta Straub, formerly of the Orbit Room, (I guess someone once called her the "Alice Waters of booze"?) check out the episodes of Cocktails on the Fly.

A nice list of some good books made into good movies from Bookforum. I always think this would be a fun book club to put together.

Have a great 4th everyone!

No comments: