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Thread #35253   Message #484979
Posted By: GUEST,Janet Ryan
16-Jun-01 - 11:10 AM
Thread Name: BS: What do you read ?
Subject: RE: BS: What do you read ?
I adore book list threads!

I'm a voracious reader, a writer, and a library maven. Like Julia & Bat Goddess, I have many piles, lists, etc. so here's how my "reading" currently works:

Brought home from the library last day of school for my "summer reading" pile:

"The Farming of Bones" by Haitian author Edwidge Danticat - about Haitian laborers in the Dominican Republic.

"Texaco" by Patrick Chamoiseau (trans by Rose-Myriam Rejouis and Val Vinokurov) - a novel about the "mythic history of the Creole nation of Martinique"

"Cloudsplitter" by Russell Banks - "recreation of the political and social landscape of our history (U.S.) before the the Civil War, when slavery was tearing the country apart"

"Blindness" by Jose Saramago (Portuguese winner of the Nobel for literature) - "A city is hit by an epidemic of "white blindness" which spares no one..."

"Solar Storms" by Linda Hogan - story of five generations of Native American women living in the Boundary Waters between Minnesota & Canada who are struggling to prevent a hydro damn from being built on the Canadian side

"Dreaming in Cuban" by ? My daughter is currently reading it. She stole it the minute I walked in the house with it--we're sort of Caribbean writer obsessed at the moment...

Currently reading:

In my office:

"Medieval Irish Lyrics with the Irish Bardic Poet" by James Carney

"Between Languages: the Uncooperative Text in Early Welsh and Old English Nature Poetry" by Sarah Lynn Higley

"Articulation: the Body & Illness in Poetry" edited by Jon Mukand

"The Long Pale Corridor: Contemporary Poems of Bereavement" ed. by Judi Benson & Agneta Falk

In the living room & dining room (often while eating)...

"Goddess of the Americas: Writings on the Virgin of Guadalupe" ed by Ana Castillo

On the front porch since the weather warmed up & the rain wouldn't quit...

"Seven Life Lessons Chaos: Spiritual Wisdom from the Science of Change" by John Briggs & F. David Peat

"The Best Spiritual Writing of 1999" (I'm a few years behind!) ed by Philip Zaleski

Magazines, read here, there & everywhere--the bus, the drs office, waiting in line, etc...

Bon Apetit Utne Reader Booklist School Library Journal Poets & Writers Yoga Journal (and then don't do any!)

Cookbooks too numerous to mention

Ditto gardening books

Print & on-line newspapers/news organizations websites (I vary the sites and read a couple of them weekly, only read my local papers nearly-daily):

Mpls StarTribune Boston Globe Irish Times Irish News BBC RTE Indymedia - many sites around the world - excellent for following anti-globilation trotters! Derry People & Donegal News Minnesota Women's Press (feminist local) La Prensa (Latino local) The Circle (Native American local) Native American News (regional) Insight (African American local) Asian American News (local) Asian Pages (name?) (local)

The dictionary (many versions)

My horoscope (from a number of eclectic on-line sites) (for dinner menu ideas for what's on hand in the frig)

And on the "to read" pile of authors: Sheri Tepper's novels overflowing from my daughter's & her dad's bookshelves -- another summer project is to read just one!

I won't go down the list of books I'm currently reading to the young 'uns, but I'm going to the bookstore today to buy "Richard Scary's Big Word Book" for my nephew's christening tomorrow.

It's a social disease, really...