OK, and so despite the fact that I have at least twelve partially-finished books hanging around my bedroom and office (Sarah Vowell’s Assassination Vacation is one of the most entertaining things I’ve read in a long time), my lust for ever newer and chunkier books persists unslaked.
Sam Harris’ Letter to a Christian Nation is way up there. In fact, it’s already in my Amazon.com shopping cart, just waiting for some petty cash to come my way. (And I wait, and I wait, and I wait, and I wait…)
Then the Oxford UP fall sale flyer arrived in my mailbox yesterday. Oh, how I want these books. Oh, how I long for these books:
- Gluttony by Francine Prose (and the rest of the "Seven Deadly Sins" series… oooh, Wendy Wasserstein on "Sloth"…)
- Why Geography Matters by Harm J. De Blij… well, I know geography matters, I just want to read more about it! How I love continents and isthmuses and colonial-era-relic international borders! (OK, I don’t really love that last one. But, still, interesting topic.)
- Restless Giant: The United States from Watergate to Bush vs. Gore by James T. Patterson. How did I miss this when it first came out? The NYT Book Review apparently wet its (collective) pants over it, and therefore it must be good and I must read it.
- The Ancient City: Life in Classical Athens and Rome by Peter Connolly. I’ve wanted this one for a long time, and I almost justified it as a homeschool purchase a couple months ago, but then I decided we’d focus on medieval history instead of ancient history this year and my rationale went out the window like so much urine being flung into a cachepot as decreed by the Emperor Vespasian.
- The Pope’s Daughter: The Extraordinary Life of Felice della Rovere by Caroline P. Murphy. I just recently finished a biography of Lucrezia Borgia and am hungering for more juicy Renaissance life-stories.
- Mencken: The American Iconoclast by Marion Elizabeth Rodgers. H.L. Mencken quotes have been popping up on some of my favorite Internet destinations lately, and he seems an interesting sort. Hard-drinking, loud-mouthed, cranky as hell… hmmm, a possible soulmate?
And of course, if anyone wants to fork over $895 to get me a copy of the 20-volume O.E.D. (special sale price!), I wouldn’t say no (…I might, however, say "where the hell am I going to put this thing?").
What’s really sad is that I have to go to Borders today, and I can’t buy anything. Isn’t that forbidden in the Geneva Conventions somewhere?