More new books, the end of August 2010

If my goal is to buy less books, I need to acknowledge that buying 2-3 books here and there is not actually an improvement over buying 5-6 books less frequently.

  • Ian Fleming, Casino Royale (1953) – What a lovely new edition. From PulpFiction in Kits.
  • John Buchan, The Thirty Nine Steps (1915) – from PulpFiction in Kits.
  • Patricia Highsmith, Ripley’s Game (1974) – 3/5 of these now, but I still need no.s 2 and 3 sequentially. From PulpFiction on Main
  • ed. Keath Fraser, Bad Trips (1991) – anthology of travel writing, specifically travel-gone-bad. From PulpFiction on Main
  • Jim Thompson, The Grifters (1963) – Hope this guy is good. From PulpFiction in Kits.
  • Jim Thompson, Savage Night (1953) – From PulpFiction in Kits.
  • Simon Winchester, Outposts: Journeys to the Surviving Relics of the British Empire (1986) – I wanted this book before I knew it had been written and since I found out that it had been written I’ve been looking for it in every shop. I was going to order a new copy until I found this at Albion Books downtown.
  • V.S. Naipaul, Half A Life (2001) – From MacLeod’s Books downtown.
  • V.S. Naipaul, India: a Wounded Civilization (1976) – From MacLeod’s Books downtown. The question is less ‘do I read about India?’ and more ‘which of my books about India should I read first?’
  • V.S. Naipaul, A House for Mr. Biswas (1961) – Yes I cleaned MacLeod’s out of all their V.S. Naipaul reprints. I don’t even consider myself a fan! But I think he is interesting.
  • Peter Balakian, The Burning Tigris: The Armenian Genocide and America’s Response (2003) – A piece of history that lines up with A Peace To End All Peace, which I read in June, and Paris 1919 which I just got back from my mother and might finally read soon. From MacLeod’s Books downtown.
  • James Bamford, Body of Secrets: Anatomy of the Ultra-Secret National Security Agency (2002) – From PulpFiction on Main.
  • Roberto Bolano, 2666 (2004) – From PulpFiction in Kits.
  • Jeremy Scahill, Blackwater: The Rise of the World’s Most Powerful Mercenary Army (2008) – From PulpFiction in Kits.
  • The Project on Disney, Inside The Mouse: At Work and Play at Disney World (1995) – I can’t believe I hadn’t seen this before. Assembled by a group of cultural studies people at Duke. On an old pile at PulpFiction on Main.
  • Marjorie Nichols and Bob Krieger, Bill Bennett: The End (1986) – Editorial cartoons. From MacLeod Books downtown.
  • Margaret Mitchell, No Laughing Matter: Adventure, Activism, and Politics (2008) – MP, Vancouver East from 1980-1993. From MacLeod Books downtown.

I bought Inside The Mouse, Body of Secrets, and Bad Trips together at Pulp Fiction and the guy at the counter told me I got the ‘most diverse selection of the day’ award.

I don’t buy it. Everything I read is in literary fiction / history / memoir / current events. And there’s not even that much diversity within those broad categories.


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