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What NYR Books Do You Want to Read in 2009?

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Modifié : Jan 2, 2009, 11:40am

No time like the present for planning our 2009 reading.

On Mt. TBR
Sheppard Lee, Written by Himself
All about Hatter
Count d'Orgel's Ball

On the 2009 Wishlist
The Tenants of Moonbloom finished Jan. 1 2009 *****
Born under Saturn
What's For Dinner?
The Post-Office Girl - cleverly introduced by Christina
The Adventures and Misadventures of Maqroll - based on seductive description by dcozy
Fancies and Goodnights
Virgin Soil
The World I Live In

sarajil, what are your suggestions for additions?

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Déc 27, 2008, 5:14pm

From your list, I heartily recommend Sunflower, a strange and beautiful book, and What's for Dinner?, funny in a detached sort of way.

I have several on Mt. TBR, including The Snows of Yesteryear, Names on the Land, The Post-Office Girl, The Family Mashber, The Adventures and Misadventures of Maqroll, The Radiance of the King, and many more . . .

Déc 28, 2008, 11:19am

>1 urania1: urania, I'll read The Silent Duchess in February if you read The PostOffice Girl in 2009. :)

I have about 31 NYRB Classics on my shelves that I haven't read yet. So much to look forward to!

The ones I'm definitely going to read are:
Life and Fate by Vasili Grossman
Beware of Pity by Stefan Zweig
Chess Story by Stefan Zweig
The Furies by Janet Hobhouse

Déc 28, 2008, 11:21am

christiguc, I can't recommend Life and Fate highly enough. It is a remarkable book, and one of my favorites of the last several years.

Déc 28, 2008, 11:35am

>4 rebeccanyc: Excellent. It's one that I haven't heard much about, but, after seeing the reviews, I knew I had to read it. From your pile, I would recommend The PostOffice Girl (touchstone works only when I mistype Post-Office. . .) without hesitation. It was one of my top reads for this year, and Stefan Zweig is a new favorite author.

Déc 28, 2008, 12:26pm


It's a deal. I'm off to find The Post-Office Girl today.

Modifié : Déc 31, 2008, 7:58pm

I would like to read some Zweig and more Simenon. Sheppard Lee, Sunflower and Hatterr are also likely candidates. One of the things that gives me pleasure in connection with having a library of my own is looking around and figuring out what suits me for my next read, so I can't identify what's next with precision.

Maqroll was fantastic. I owe a great debt to the person in this group that first recommended it.

Déc 31, 2008, 5:49pm

Patrick Hamilton's Twenty Thousand Streets Under the Sky is on my list for 2009.

Jan 5, 2009, 11:45am

Urania, so glad you asked, because I'd feel odd intruding otherwise. Will give more suggestions soon (v. busy catching up at the moment) but am totally in love with Sylvia Townsend Warner's Summer Will Show, which comes out later this year.

Jan 5, 2009, 2:11pm

sarajill, Summer Will Show is my favorite Townsend Warner novel. It's one of those books I'm always pushing on people ("You must read this!"). I'm thrilled to read that NYRB will be releasing an edition of it this year.

Jan 5, 2009, 5:56pm

Thanks sarajill. That's exciting news.

Jan 7, 2009, 5:37pm

Thanks sarajill! I second urania that is indeed exciting news.

Jan 7, 2009, 10:53pm

>3 christiguc: christiguc - I feel better knowing I'm not the only one with a towering pile of NYRBs on the TBR shelf - though I have 'only' about 20 or so. Some of the others I want to add to the tower: Don't Look Now, Rock Crystal and Beware of Pity

Jan 8, 2009, 11:35am

oh, and I forgot to mention that we're also publishing (at some point in the future) The Corner That Held Them—which I can't wait to read.

I cannot recommend Rock Crystal highly enough. The real reason to read it, in my opinion is the sublime translation by Elizabeth Mayer and Marianne Moore

Jan 10, 2009, 8:18pm

>sarajill: I love The Corner That Held Them! What a treat. I'm so glad you're publishing it, along with Summer Will Show, which is currently on my Virago Modern Classics "10 Most Wanted" list!

Meanwhile, I'm also tempted to treat myself this year to the entire J.G. Farrell Collection. (I loved The Siege of Krishnapur, but haven't yet read the other two.)

Jan 11, 2009, 11:38am

rbhardy, In my opinion, Troubles is better than The Siege of Krishnapur -- funny and tragic at the same time, and The Singapore Grip, while interesting is the weakest of the three. I'm going to have to look for Farrell's other work.

Oct 26, 2009, 6:49pm

I want to read everything by Barbara Comyns, introduced to me by NYRB. I'm looking around...

Modifié : Oct 26, 2009, 7:11pm

>17 jonesin: Virago has published several of her works, four of which are still in print. The others could be a bit more difficult to track down. :)

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