Here is the run-down of my reading list for September:
- The End of the Affair, by Graham Greene – Greene’s masterpiece is both hauntingly beautiful and tragic. It was the sort of book I both didn’t want to read and couldn’t put down–at once painful and lovely.
- Poems of Jerusalem and Love Poems, by Yehuda Amichai – A lovely collection that preserves both the original Hebrew and provides gorgeous English translations. So many little nuggets of beautiful language and feeling.
- Birds of America, stories by Lorrie Moore – Winner of multiple awards and a great entry point into the short story sensibilities of this wonderful writer.
- What the Zhang Boys Know, a novel in stories, by Clifford Garstang – A newly published “novel in stories” by the author of In an Uncharted Country–a very good collection (read in June) in its own right…look for more about Zhang Boys in tomorrow’s blog post.
- Spartina, by John Casey – Winner of the National Book Award and an engaging novel.
- Starting Out in the Evening, by Brian Morton – An aging novelist is approached by a young grad student who offers him some hope that his work will not be forgotten.
It was a fiction-heavy month for me, and in a good way. What a lovely list of books to come flying off my “to read” shelf! If you have read any of these, I’d love to hear your thoughts on them in the comments section, below.
As always, you can go back and review the books I’ve read for each of the previous months:
Thanks for reading!