Friday, March 14, 2008

An indulgence in books

Because Lynn asked which books I bought:

From the local independent bookstore: Collage, Assemblage and Altered Books for artistic inspiration; The Air We Breathe, a novel by Andrea Barrett set in a TB hospital. This was the hardback. My Dad had TB and was away in a hospital for an entire year when I was 5 so I find this subject matter interesting. The Brief History of the Dead, a novel a friend recommended awhile ago. The Fiction Class could be fun and/or could be a bit fluffy, hard to tell but it was published by Penguin and I tend to trust them. The Sleeping and the Dead is a British mystery. I'm half-way done with that.


And from Amazon.com. Working Out A Painting, the only book about painting I've ever been able to read and/or get anything useful out of. I've wanted to own if for some time now so there it is. Two books on felting. At a glance it looks like a lot of work but I may try it. And an out of print novel by Elizabeth Wix who commented on my blog awhile back. Talk about gluttony!!!! I'm stuffed.

12 comments:

Cris in Oregon said...

WOW.. Thats quite a variety of books. How fun.
I am interested in the working out a painting book. can you give a synopsis on what you gleaned out of it? It looks interesting to me.

Cris in Oregon said...

ps. Does your mom still get to come home today? Hope she is doing much much better.

Mary Richmond said...

So here's something to chew on....I went to high school with Andrea Barrett! She always knew she was going to be a writer and really didn't have much to do with many people. Her dad was some big embassador and they lived in a huge house in Osterville. She and I spent a summer taking driver's ed and making the funniest doodles and poems up about the other people in the class but especially the teacher who really should be a character in somebody's book somewhere. And I have yet to make it all the way through one of her books....kind of fun, though, huh? Let me know how it is and maybe I'll try again ;-)

sukipoet said...

Hi Cris. The painting book has an academic flavour to it. She has a section on drawing, esp people with proportions and such described. The section I like especially is about glazes. I dont know why I like the book so much, but it just hits me the right way whereas so many books about painting I find boring and not very helpful.

Mom finally got dismissed today, friday, after a lot of delays. I feel so tired, it's funny. But anyway, she is settling in, really she went right to bed and is sleeping.

Mary, that's interesting about Andrea B. I read her first book in complete fullness, but don't think i've read any of the others. How neat you have that memory of fun with her one summer.

kikipotamus said...

Oh, someone's making maple syrup!

Forever Young said...

i feel stuffed just looking at them, have fun.

Elizabeth said...

You are so lovely to buy my old book.
skip the first page where the editor altered things!!! I was young and naieve - and was so thrilled to be published, i let her do anything.

I, too am a glutton for books.
I always find money to buy them, somehow.
Clothes? groceries? Hm......
May I add you to my blog roll?

Mary Richmond said...

hi again--Isn't Andrea B's first book the one about her brother on drugs and living on the Cape? I think it was all disguised but I think it was about her family.

sukipoet said...

Elizabeth, I havent started your book yet but will soon. I love to buy the books of fellow writers.

Mary, andrea B's first book was set on the Cape, I don't recall the subject matter or even the title. But it was different from the more scientific matters that her later books addressed. I just remember the tulip tree in her book as I had put a tulip tree in my novel too which was published about the same time as hers I think. And i had a tulip tree in my back yard.

sukipoet said...

Elizabeth, sure you can add me to your blog roll. And vice versa? When i get to it. Thanks.

Lynn said...

ohmygoodness that is a lot of books Suki, You will be busy reading and reading. I hope you'll s till be creating and creating as well. Thanks for tending to my req uest. I feel honored.

sorry you had to spend so much time in hospital your self as a child.

Lynn said...

I read Three Graces and recall I enjoyed it very much!
How cool that you are communicating with the author Elizabeth Wix and that Mim knew another of your authors!