30 May 2009

No BEA? Books anyway!

I started my "No BEA? Books anyway!" buying a day or two early. I can't help it; I work in a bookstore (and we have employee appreciation days coming up...score!).

Items purchased over several days from my bookstore:
What's Next? Dispatches on the Future of Science: Original Essays from a new Generation of Scientists edited by Max Brockman
Fearless Girls, Wise Women, & Beloved Sisters: Heroines in Folktales from Around the World edited by Kathleen Ragan
Beowulf on the Beach: What to Love and What to Skip in Literature's 50 Greatest Hits by Jack Murnighan
Angels and Insects by A.S. Byatt
The Shadow of the Wind by Carlos Ruiz Zafon
Oranges are Not the Only Fruit by Jeanette Winterson

Items bought today at the local independent:
Electronic Literature: New Horizons for the Literary by N. Katherine Hayles (it comes with a CD-ROM!)
The Cambridge Companion to Gothic Fiction edited by Jerrold E. Hogle
A Gravity's Rainbow Companion: Sources and Contexts for Pynchon's Novel (2nd edition, revised and expanded) edited by Steven C. Weisbenburger

Item that arrived on my doorstep (courtesy of BN.com editors):
The Nine Tailors by Dorothy L. Sayers (this is for the book group I r-mod at BNBC - it starts on Monday!!)

I guess I'm most excited to read Beowulf on the Beach (already started, actually) not because it's like a crib sheet to the world's greatest but because the professor who writes it is a stitch (how many euphemisms for the word "sex" can he use in one book?)! I'm also really interested in Electronic Literature because that seems to be the way the world is going these days and Angels and Insects since I must have my Byatt fix (the Angels and Insects movie was very interesting.....very interesting indeed) because we Americans suck and won't get her new book until fall.

But what I'm most excited to read is Of Bees and Mist with the First Look Book Club on BNBC - it's really good and I've been holding myself back!

If you went out and supported BEA by buying books make sure you link your post up with Mr. Linky here (which is what I'm going to do now).

PS: I'm a nerd, if that wasn't already apparent.


  1. Oooh, I'm interested to hear more about Fearless Girls, Wise Women, and Beloved Sisters! Glad you found so much stuff you're excited about!

  2. Your books of essays look so interesting. I was just reading about Beowolf on the Beach - if the author is quite amusing, I think I'll add it to my list of books to watch out for. One of my favorite books along these lines is 13 Ways of Looking at the Novel, so I think I'll probably like Beowolf on the Beach.

  3. I think that I am going to purchase Beowolf on the Beach - it looks interesting. Books on the Nightstand (http://www.booksonthenightstand.com/2009/05/beowulf-on-beach-reading-challenge-and.html) is having a Beowulf on the Beach contest - Are you participating? i haven't signed up yet - still thinking about it.