Saturday, December 26, 2009
-- Two books by Pearl S. Buck: Peony and East Wind, West Wind. Very exciting!! I loved The Good Earth, and I got to visit Pearl S. Buck's home in Pennsylvania when I was at the JASNA meeting in October -- if you're ever in Bucks County, it is so worth the trip. Her home and history are fascinating, and I was itching to catalog her library! Unfortunately the gift shop has very few of her books for sale, but that's easily remedied.
-- More teeny tiny portable editions of Jane Austen: Persuasion, Pride and Prejudice, and Sense and Sensibility -- my three favorites. Great for putting in a purse or carry-on. There's no excuse not to read while waiting in the doctor's office, in line at the post office, etc. And they're illustrated! And have cute little ribbon bookmarks. Too cute.
-- The House on the Strand by Daphne du Maurier. An Englishman visiting France meets his double, who then steals his identity. Great concept, with hints of A Tale of Two Cities. But creepier.
And now for the nonfiction:
-- Tea With Jane Austen by Kim Wilson -- a great little cookbook with traditional recipes adapted for modern cooks, plus excerpts from Austen's works and letters, etc. Plus cute illustrations.
And finally. . . A Christmas Carol Keepsake by Dr. Elliot Engel, a Dickens scholar. It includes the abridged version of A Christmas Carol that Dickens used for his performances of the novel, plus Victorian Christmas recipes, games, crafts, etc., and all kinds of interesting tidbits. This was a fantastic gift from my mom, who had the pleasure of seeing Dr. Engel speak at her library. And it's a signed copy!!!
Plus, my stocking was filled with teeny author puppets from The Unemployed Philosophers Guild. My favorites: Oscar Wilde, Zora Neale Hurston, and Edgar Allen Poe. And Santa also included The Scream, just because it's funny.
My biggest problem now: not enough space on the bookshelves. Dear Santa, please bring me more bookcases next year!