We managed to restrain ourselves, somewhat, at this year's Will County Book Recycling Event. We dropped off 20 books, and came back with "only" 16, making the slightest dent in our chronically unwieldy library. That photo above shows my personal haul:
Bel Kaufman, Up the Down Staircase: Huge bestseller from the 1960s, a comic piece about a high school teacher. Kaufman recently passed away, and from her obituary I first learned of this book. I might read this in tandem with Kingsley Amis' Lucky Jim.
Great Tales of City Dwellers: Intriguing 1955 collection of city stories by an array of great writers. The inclusion of Nelson Algren (his great story "How the Devil Came Down Division Street", from The Neon Wilderness) is what grabbed me, of course, but I'm looking forward to almost everything else here, including Budd Schulberg and Joseph Heller.
J.F. Powers, Morte d'Urban: National Book Award winner about a Midwestern priest. I've heard a lot about Powers over the past year, and have been avidly looking for this book. It was actually on my Powell's wish list, so I have no guilt at all about bringing this home for the pile.
Nick Hornby, The Polysyllabic Spree: Hornby's wonderful first collection of "Stuff I've Been Reading" columns from The Believer. I already own this, and regretted that I couldn't find either of his other two collections. But I picked this up specifically to give to someone else.
Donald L. Miller, City of the Century: I gave this book to my mom as a gift, about ten years ago. When my dad passed away and she began to break up her household in preparation for moving to a retirement village, she donated most of her excess books to the local library before I had a chance to pick through them. She had a nice shelf of Chicago books, including Miller's well-regarded historical study. I'm sorry I let those books get away, and am glad to recover this one.
Here's a shot of the City Dwellers cover, which I absolutely love. The painting is by Bob Maguire.
These all sound like interesting reads. One thing I need to get better at myself is get more into the obscure, less well known stuff like this.
Posted by: celawerd at Jun 14, 2011 8:01:31 PM