Monthly Archives: August, 2011

China, Black Cats, and Pym

Dear Reader: I finished a couple more books and bought one more book 80) Barbara Pym’s A Glass of Blessings (HC, 1958).  I got the book at the very nice used bookstore “The Dusty Bookshelf” in Lawrence, Kansas.  What a lovely bookmark!  I collect them in a casual way – trying to get at least …

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Chinese history, Tibet, and the lives of ordinary Chinese circa 1985

Dear Reader: I’m continuing to read 62) Red Poppies: A Novel of Tibet by Alai (1998, recommended by Joy’s father) (HC), 64) China: A New History by John King Fairbank and Merle Goldman (2006, HC) and Merle Goldman, 66) Chinese Lives by Zhang XinXin and Sang Ye (1987) (HC), and 74) Journey into China by …

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Beijing and Heavy Wings

Dear Reader: I haven’t had as much time to blog as past weeks as I’m traveling a lot these two weeks – I’m not in China yet, that’s still a few weeks away. Nonetheless, I have finished three more of my China books: 61) Heavy Wings by Zhang Jie (1981, HC), 76) The Last Days …

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Yiyun Li’s A Thousand Years of Good Prayers

Dear Reader: I have finished #65 (HC) Yiyun Li’s A Thousand Years of Good Prayers! Yiyun grew up in Beijing, attended Peking University (the Harvard of China) and immigrated to the US.  This seems to be her first book. The stories bridge the gap between China and the U.S., often through individuals who have left …

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China!

Dear Reader: I need to shift gears for a few weeks.  I’m heading back to China next month for a work trip.  I’ll be hosted by my friend and colleague who will host me at her agency in Beijing.  After that we’ll head to Shanghai and Xi’an. Her parents lived here for a year a …

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Alice Ozma’s The Reading Promise

Dear Reader: I really read this one quickly – I finished 60) HC The Reading Promise: My Father and the Books We Shared by Alice Ozma in about a day. It’s a great book – her first, and she just finished her college undergraduate degree. Alice tells the story of how she and her dad, …

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Elizabeth Bowen’s The Death of the Heart

Dear Reader: Yeah!  I have finished another book: #11 The Death of the Heart by Elizabeth Bowen (HC).  The painting on the cover is an amazing match for the story, it seems like they must have commissioned it specially for the book.  But it wasn’t.  It is a painting entitled “Portrait of Marguerite van Mons” …

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My Reading Life: Three New Books

Dear Reader: I took my books to trade in at Snowbound Books yesterday.  They took some of them and gave me $35 in trade. I found three new books: 56) One Writer’s Beginnings by Eudora Welty (HC, Harvard Press, 1983). I’m bolding books bought this year.   This is an autobiography.  I tend to think …

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My Reading Life: Winnowing the TBR

Dear Reader: I spent some of the morning culling out books from my library.  I also rearranged the library.  It has bothered me (deeply  🙂 ) that I ordered my book cases of fiction wrong – the books are arranged in alphabetical order by author, but the first book case started with the letter “L” …

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Elizabeth Bowen’s Collected Stories (cont)

Dear Reader: I have been working my way through #12 The Collected Stories of Elizabeth Bowen (hard copy).  I am very much enjoying them. This surprises me because I had believed I’d lost the ability to enjoy short stories.  But I find myself loving these stories and finding it harder to make my way through …

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