A book day is a good day

In less than 24 hours, I have received three most splendid books in the mail, none of which I actually ordered. Do you even realize how genuinely happy this makes me? It’s like Christmas in July.

In order:
Quiet_2
Quiet Please: Dispatches from a Public Librarian by Scott Douglas. He writes an online column for McSweeney’s and I went to see him speak on a panel at ALA. At the signing afterwards, he quickly (I think they only had 15 copies available) ran out of books and his rep promised to send me a signed copy. Yeah, right I thought. The book arrived at work, pristine and signed, yesterday afternoon.

Solitary
The Solitary Vice: Against Reading by Mikita Brottman. A gift from my father-in-law, Chris. He shares my love of books about books. I looked it over last night and it promises to be extremely interesting. And that cover! The book was on my front porch waiting for me when I got home yesterday afternoon.

Home
Home by Marilynne Robinson. Gilead counts as the most moving and influential novel I have read as an adult and when I read that Marilynne Robinson was publishing a quasi-sequel in September, I accosted the publisher’s table (Farrar, Straus and Giroux) at ALA, hoping to score an ARC (advance reading copy). One was sitting *right there* but they had only one left. The pretentious rep said he would "see what he could do" but I was not even slightly hopeful (we order no fiction, our user group reads very little fiction). An ARC was in my box when I arrived to work this morning.

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3 thoughts on “A book day is a good day

  1. Anna

    Score Andrea! These all look great. It looks like you don’t need to worry about your new years resolution when you get 3 books in the mail in 1 week. Have fun!

  2. Leslie

    Andrea… you are simply amazing…such a curious, active, interesting mind, a kind heart, a loving spirit… I love reading your blog!

  3. eleanor

    Did you read HOUSEKEEPING? I loved that one..one of my favorite books, I think. Then started Gilead and got bogged down part-way through..but now I’ll pick it up again..
    (And have you read Alice Munro’s new collection of short stories – Hateship, Loveship, Courtship, Marriage.)
    If Andrea writes back no and someone on here is looking for a bday present for her..get her that book, because I know she’ll like it.
    (I already got you another book I know you’ll like.)

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