I’ve been in a book blogging funk for the past two weeks. It’s quite bad. My hands and arms turn to mush and my mind goes blank when I sit in front of my laptop to write a review. And really, I have a lot of books and short stories that I want to blog about. I’ve been reading. Today, I’m reading The Tapestry of Love by Rosy Thornton. I figured that I needed a change of fare after a string of heavy books, including The Memory of Love by Aminatta Forna.
Yesterday, after trying and failing to write a review, I decided to go shopping for books. I didn’t go to an actually bookshop, no. I went shopping in my mother’s storage container. She keeps the container at the back of her house. I keep lots of books in boxes there. These are books from my book-buying-crazy-days when I lived in New York City. Since I’ve never bothered to catalog what’s there, it’s always a delightful surprise to look through the stuff. Which I do a couple of boxes at a time, to spread the joy over many occasions. This time I also took a peek inside some of my mother’s boxes. And here is what I found:
- Open Secrets by Alice Munro – I love short stories and works by women writers. So it is really amazing and something of an embarrassment that I have not read a single short story by this multi award-winning Canadian writer. This is glaring gap in my reading. So, how pleased am I to discover this collection?
- The Puttermesser Papers by Cynthia Ozick explores the “disappointed” life of intelligent Jewish lawyer Ruth Puttermesser. A prompt for me to start my reading project on contemporary American women writers.
- Muriel at Metropolitan by Miriam Tlali – this book was banned when it was first published in South Africa in 1979. It is set in a furniture and electronics store in which Muriel works as a typist. It chronicles her views on the store’s customers. The book was republished as Between Two Worlds (the original title) in 2004.
- Arrival of the Snake Woman and other stories by Olive Senior – I am more familiar with Senior’s poetry and have been wanting to read her prose. She was awarded the 1996 Commonwealth Writers Prize for her short story collection, Summer Lightning. Caribbean fiction.
- The Beggars’ Strike by Aminata Sow Fall – I read this book in my teens. It’s been on my mind lately as I want to review francophone literature written by African women. The book coenters on a group of beggars go on strike just before a government plan to get rid of them is implemented. It won the 1980 Grand Prix de Litterature de l’Afrique Noire and was also short-listed for the Prix Goncourt. This edition is a Longman African Classic. Most likely out of print.
- Fly, Away, Peter by David Malouf – Malouf is the only Australian writer that I’ve read. I was so taken by him, of course, that I went a bought several of his books some years ago. I thought that I’d read them all. But I haven’t, oh jolly :). It’s about two Aussie blokes and WWI.
- Tirra Lirra by the River by Jessica Anderson – I’m not kidding when I say that my heart skipped a beat when I read “Winner of the 1978 Miles Franklin Award” on the cover of this book. A shout-out to Lisa of ANZ LitLovers LitBlog: I own an Aussie classic! Really, it’s my mother’s but finders keepers (for now). The book details the reflections of old woman who returns to Australia after a long sojourn in London.
So, what do you make of my find? I do hope this gets me blogging again.