“When I have a little money, I buy books; and if I have any left, I buy food and clothes.”
~ Erasmus ~
I had no business going to the bookstore this afternoon. The number of yet-to-be-read books in my house is embarrassing. But, I had to have a copy of Fancy Nancy, by Jane O’Connor, for our PTO’s Silent Auction Saturday evening. (A colleague and I host a Fancy Nancy tea party for the winner.) So I tidied my desk quickly so I could get to the store before closing time.
Once I found Fancy Nancy, I had a few minutes to browse. After all, who can go into a bookstore and buy just one book? This is what I brought home:
- My Life in Middlemarch (Crown, 2014) by Rebecca Mead. I love Middlemarch, George Eliot’s depiction of 19th-century English provincial life, which Virginia Woolf described as a “magnificent book which, with all it’s imperfections, is one of the few English novels written for grown-up people.” When I heard about Mead’s new “lively meditation on Middlemarch” (Adelle Waldman), I knew I had to have a copy.
- A Family of Readers: The Book Lover’s Guide to Children’s and Young Adult Literature (Candlewick Press, 2010) by Roger Sutton and Martha V. Parravano. Publisher’s Weekly described A Family of Readers as a “collection of essays and interviews designed to help parents foster a love of reading in children, while providing insight into the craft of children’s bookmaking.” I have wanted this book since it was published, and there it was on the shelf, as if it was waiting just for me this afternoon.
- Outliers: The Story of Success (Little, Brown, 2008) by Malcolm Gladwell. My adult book group is reading this book this month. Usually I pick up each month’s book at the library, but I wanted my own copy of Gladwell’s acclaimed book so I could “mull over its inventive theories for days afterward” (David Leonhardt, writing in The New York Times).
Happy reading, everyone!