Tuesday, February 10, 2009
And Yet More Words
We're continually weeding at the library. Weeding is library talk for pitching the old and non-circulating to make way for the new and shiny. And me--I'm a little obsessed, of course. Some of the old and unwanted looks pretty good to me. A decade-old Jane Smiley novel that hasn't circed in five years? A one hundred year old copy of Julius Caesar? A copy of Captain Blood that has fan pictures of Errol Flynn glued in it? Who could pass all that up? Certainly not me. This is why the three bookcases bought a couple years back are getting pretty full.
Getting to more current reading: has anyone read The Story of Edgar Sawtelle? I was up until 2:00 a.m. finishing it and would really like to talk about it with someone. It's a wonderful, wonderful book. I can relate to the Wisconsin-ness of it, and the passages about relationships between dogs and their humans will bring tears to your eyes. But in other ways, it's a challenging book, with many possible points of discussion.
I usually feel like I read too slowly and quirkily to fit into a Book Club. But in this case I wish I had some people around me for talking.