The best thing ever in the whole world just happened to me. (Slight hyperbole.) I had gone out to hit up the local produce market, but it was closed, so I went looking for another I'd passed once before, but got a bit lost. I was resenting it until I passed this one apartment building. In its driveway were five big bags of books, with a sign attached proclaiming "FREE BOOKS Help yourself!" It looked like no one had touched them yet, unless there were more bags before. I looked through every last one of them and picked out the following. Now I'm arranging them on my mental to read list. If you've read any of them, let me know what you thought of it?
Ones I'm already totally excited about. Amirite?
- Love In The Time Of Cholera by Gabriel Garcia Marquez
- The Jaguar Smile: A Nicaraguan Journey by Salman Rushdie
- You Shall Know Our Velocity! by Dave Eggers
Ones I hadn't really known of before but am now kind of excited about. Amirite?
- Library: An Unquiet History by Matthew Battles
- The Dark by John McGahern
- The Man Who Turned Into Himself by David Ambrose
- The Problem With Murmur Lee by Connie May Fowler
- A Catfish In The Bodoni, And Other Tales From The Golden Age Of Tramp Printers by Otto J. Boutin
- Sin In The Second City: Madames, Ministers, Playboys, and the Battle For America's Soul by Karen Abbott (had this recommended to me before, actually, but hadn't been too eager to find it)
- Seraglio by Janet Wallach
- Solomon Gursky Was Here by Mordechai Richler
- The Elegance Of The Hedgehog by Muriel Barbery
- The Line Of Beauty by Alan Hollinghurst
- The Book Borrower by Alice Mattison
- Glamorama by Bret Easton Ellis
- Fancies And Goodnights by John Collier
- Wickett's Remedy by Myla Goldberg
I also came across the third volume of a textbook for which I have the first volume, but I'm guessing odds are no one here will have read it, or at least won't enthusiastically recommend it.