Thursday, January 10, 2013

Thirty Photos - The Books

(You didn't think I'd forgotten about the books...?)

I'm very excited about this little pile of just read /#amreading /to be read books. Salvage the Bones by Jesmyn Ward (a National Book Award winner, Bloomsbury, 2011) blew me away, absolutely and completely, and all I can say is... read it. It's powerful and left me choked up and breathless. Maps of the Imagination: The Writer as Cartographer by Peter Turchi (Trinity University Press, 2004) is a dream for any writer or serious reader who finds maps enchanting. Full of gorgeous illustrations, Turchi's book explores inclusion, exclusion, choice and orientation in writing through the lens of cartography in a very engaging way - highly recommended. I'm almost finished with Tessa Hadley's Married Love (Harper Perennial, 2012) and Edna O'Brien's Saints and Sinners (Back Bay Books, 2011)- both excellent short story collections - and looking forward to starting Alice Munro's latest collection Dear Life (Alfred A. Knopf, 2012). These three absolutely belong together on one shelf. I was thrilled to receive Stephen Dunn's poetry collection Here and Now (W.W. Norton, 2011) in the mail today - I read the first few poems immediately - not only are they wonderful, they reminded me that I really ought to read poetry more often.

Happy reading!

Learn more about the Thirty Photos in Thirty Days project over at Chris Galvin's blog.


  1. Oh no....more books for my 'to read' list! I should own stock in Amazon. The one about maps sounds really intriguing as I adore maps. We used to call the road atlas the 'wish book' in my in 'I wish we could go there.'

    1. Oh, fun. Yes we play that game too - It's a wonderful book, so many things about maps we kind of take at face value but don't think about all that led up to choosing what is on the map and what isn't, why North is at the top, etc.... loved it!


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