How have I not yet managed to talk about the books I got at BEA? I will tell you, though, that I am so excited about the books I had shipped home. There are only 15 of them, but wow, do they look good. These 15 represent almost all different publishers, many of them independent. They range from stories about an artist who does reproductions to a biography of a body part. Of the 15 books, 8 are by women, 7 are by men. Three are distinctly nonfiction, with Naomi Wolf’s Vagina in a category of its own. In all their, ahem, glory…
From the top:
- The Art Forger by B.A. Shapiro/Algonquin (October 2012)
- The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry by Rachel Joyce/Random House (Whoops! Actually received before BEA – July 2012)
- The Middlesteins by Jami Attenberg/Grand Central Publishing (October 2012)
- The Absolutist by John Boyne/Other Press
- The Revised Fundamentals of Caregiving by Jonathan Evison/Algonquin (August 2012)
- Beside the Sea by VÃ©ronique Olmi/Tin House Press
- Agorafabulous! by Sara Benincasa/William Morrow
From the top:
- Johnson’s Life of London: The People Who Made the City Who Made the World by Boris Johnson/Riverhead Books
- Instant by Chris Bonanos/Princeton Architectural Press (October 2012)
- The Shadow Girls by Henning Mankell/The New Press (October 2012)
- Inferno by Dante Alighieri, Translated by Mary Jo Bang/Graywolf Press (August 2012)
- Vagina: A New Biography by Naomi Wolf/Ecco (September 2012)
- Rules of Civility by Amor Towles/Penguin
- Too Bright to Hear Too Loud to See by Julianne Garey/Soho (December 2012)
- The Prisoner of Heaven by Carlos Ruiz ZafÃ³n/Harper (July 2012)
Which will I be reading first? It’s almost as though I’m afraid to break the spell, as though if I choose one, the rest will disappear. That said, I think I’ll start with the slimmest volume, Beside the Sea. Lori and Tara actually told me about the book, saying: “It’s about a mother who is planning to kill her children.” Pleasant, right? Except that my Master’s thesis was about women who kill their children throughout literature. Specifically, the title is The Dialectic of Maternity: From Medea to the Moderns. Snazzy, huh? Ok, so it sounds kind of ridiculous, but it’s interesting how many many time this sort of story repeats itself in literature (and in life). So that will be my first pick.
And for those of you who weren’t able to make it, I have a BEA bag just for you. In the Random House tote bag are the BEA edition of The New York Review of Books, Anne Lamott’s newest, Some Assembly Required, in audio, Next to Love by Ellen Feldman (this one is so good!), and A Fatal Debt by John Gapper. Something for everyone! The only rules are you cannot have attended BEA, and you must leave me a comment. Which book would you most love to get your hands on? Is there any particular publisher you’re interested in? Do you think I’ve got 15 winners in these stacks? Make sure you comment by next Tuesday, July 3, at midnight!
UPDATE: Rachel won the BEA bag o’ goodies. Congrats!