I've read or am reading:
- From Moral Disorder by Margaret Atwood: "The Art of Cooking and Serving."
- From Hateship, Friendship, Courtship, Loveship by Alice Munro: "What is Remembered."
- From Heart Songs by Annie Proulx: "Heart Songs."
In the connected short story genre, this week I read Olive Kitteridge by Elizabeth Strout. All 13 stories in the book have Olive in common, sometimes as the central character, sometimes just making a cameo appearance. The stories take place in a small town in Maine and involve relationships, human foibles, growth and change. It reads like a novel; the ending is wonderful. Highly recommend. Also read: Paddy Clarke, Ha Ha Ha and Persepolis 2: The Story of a Return, both excellent.
There are so many opportunities around for getting free books, it's quite astonishing! There's always a giveaway going on in the book blog world (e.g. check out Jen's giveaway of Matrimony or this one by Irish, giving away Last Night I Dreamed of Peace). And thanks to Wendy and Paola, I've discovered Shelf Awareness, where you can often request books right from the publisher. I received one yesterday I don't even remember requesting! I've received a number of books via LibraryThing's Early Reviewer program. And, of course, booky friends are always willing to pass along something they know you'll love. In fact, looking at the first couple of pages of my catalog on LibraryThing, about half of the most recently acquired books came from one of these sources. Not bad!
I hope you have a joyful Labor Day holiday; and thoughts are with all those in Gustav's path. Be safe.