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April 7, 2013

Anticipation: Sunday paper edition

Thanks to the Boston Globe's book section, my TBR list list has three more books on it this morning ...

'Thomas Day, wealthy and landed, was most certainly in want of a wife, to borrow from Jane Austen. In this extraordinarily strange and entertaining book, Wendy Moore details Day's odd journey to the altar in 18th-century England, a time and place where marriages were expected to be sensible, socially and economically suitable, and end only due to death. In this very settled, conformist society, Day was an oddball from the start.'
{I decided to stop reading there. Already hooked, and I didn't want to have anything else given away.}


'From its earliest days as a village, outside the limits of a newborn New York City in the 17th and 18th centuries, Greenwich Village has exerted its own autonomy. A place of narrow street that don't conform to the rest of Manhattan's hyperlogical grid, the Village has welcomed nonconformists for over three centuries now.  John Strausbaugh's doorstop of a book chronicles just about all of them -- somehow, the avalanche of stories between its covers is more exhilarating than overwhelming.'

'Brothers William and Henry James lobbed admiration and criticism in the more than 800 letters they exchanged. ...  J.C. Hallman weaves an intimate narrative of intellectual development ... [in] a slim volume that opens and closes with images of the brothers' handwritten letters from 1907.'
Off to reserve them!  What's new on your list?


JoAnn said...

Well, thanks to this post, my list has now grown by three, too!

Claire (The Captive Reader) said...

All of these sound really interesting! How to Create the Perfect Wife is the only one already on my radar, just because it sounds like such a very bizarre project.

Lisa said...

I added Lynne Olson's Those Angry Days, about "America's debate over whether to go to war - a bitter clash personified by FDR and Charles Lindbergh." And Kate Atkinson's Life After Life - I think I'm 68th in that particular queue. I do so envy your library access!!

Lilacs said...

Love the sound of How To create The Perfect Wife, thank you.

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