Saturday, December 04, 2010

All I want for Christmas...

Here's my wish list:

from Quill & Quire's list:
The Year of the Flood, Margaret Atwood, M&S 
Mordecai: The Life & Times, Charles Foran, Knopf
Annabel, Kathleen Winter, HarperCollins

from Globe & Mail's list:

THE MOMENT OF CARAVAGGIO, By Michael Fried, Princeton University Press, 304 pages, $49.50
I AM A JAPANESE WRITER By Dany Laferrière, translated by David Homel (Douglas & McIntyre)

On my list just because I want:

C, Tom McCarthy, Knopf

The Sentimentalists, Johanna Skibsrud, Gaspereau

Jeff Wall: Complete Edition, Thierry De Duve (Author), Arielle Pelenc (Author), Boris Groys (Author), Jean-Francois Chevrier (Author), Mark Lewis (Author)

After Canaan: Essays on Race, Writing and Regionby Wayde Compton, Arsenal 2010

Unoriginal Genius, Marjorie Perloff, University of Chicago Press, 2010

Just Kids, Patti Smith, Ecco 2010

Population Me: Essays on David McGimpsey, Alessandro Porco, ed. Palimsest Press 

Mourning Diary, Roland Barthes, Hill & Wang, 2010

Guy Maddin's My Winnipeg, Darren Wershler, U of T Press 2010

from The New York Times

ROOM. By Emma Donoghue. (Little, Brown, $24.99.) Donoghue’s remarkable novel is narrated by a 5-year-old boy, whose entire world is the 11-by-11-foot room in which his mother is being held against her will.

SOLAR. By Ian McEwan. (Nan A. Talese/Doubleday, $26.95.) In McEwan’s funniest novel yet, a self-deluding physicist cheats on his wives, sends an innocent man to jail and tries to cash in on another scientist’s plans against global warming.

CHANGING MY MIND: Occasional Essays. By Zadie Smith. (Penguin Press, $26.95.) The quirky pleasures here are due in part to Smith’s inspired cultural references, from Simone Weil to “Buffy the Vampire Slayer.”

COUNTRY DRIVING: A Journey Through China From Farm to Factory. By Peter Hessler. (Harper/HarperCollins, $27.99.) Hessler chronicles the effects of an expanding road network on the rapidly changing lives of individual Chinese.

 By Lisa Robertson. (Coach House, paper, $14.95.) In these intellectual poems, the experimental curtains suddenly part to reveal clear, durable truth. (I have this, but love that the NY Times recommends. So do I, though I don't think this is the gateway book to LR.)

and don't forget: 
ENCOUNTER. By Milan Kundera.

Picture This, Lynda Barry, Drawn & Quarterly 2010

A Doonsebury Retrospective, Gary Trudeau, Andrews McMeel 2010

The Possessed: Adventures with Russian Books, Elif Batuman, Farrar, Straus & Giroux (have but haven't technically still on the list) 

The Professor: A Sentimental Education, Terry Castle (have but haven't technically still on the list)  

No poetry on my wish list? Seriously? It's not that I don't want it, I do...more to come.

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