Found in the pages of Bookmarks Magazine, January/February 2010 issue

As part of my Christmas present, Michelle renewed my subscription to Bookmarks Magazine, which I love. I’ve already received the first issue of the new year, and have added the following titles to my to-read list:

Shadow Tag by Louise Erdrich: Irene America keeps two diaries – one she knows her husband is secretly reading, and one that contains the truth about their unraveling marriage and life with three children.

The Glimpses of the Moon by Edith Wharton: Impoverished Nick and Suzy are fond of each other but determined to find rich spouses. They marry anyway so that they can live off the wedding presents and honeymoon villas offered by their wealthy friends – but with the understanding that either can leave the other if a better offer appears. As they negotiate society with a satiricial eye, they find that things aren’t quite that simple.

Hunting and Gathering by Anna Gavalda: It tells the story of Camille, a literally starving artist; Philobert, a socially awkward history buff; Franck, a foul-mouthed chef; and Franck’s grandmother, Paulette, who is desperate to avoid ending life in a nursing home. Each has a past of rejection to overcome in order to form a new and unconventional family.

Shop Class as Soulcraft: An Inquiry Into the Value of Work by Matthew B. Crawford: Michael Crawford, who grew up in a commune in California, has always led something of a dual life. One part of him is in love with motorcycle engines and the type of people who repair them, while the other part is committed to the pursuit of knowledge. But according to the argument of Shop Class as Soulcraft, those two parts of the human experience ought not to be in conflict: physical work has a highly intellectual component requiring real knowledge and practice. Crawford first reports (and laments) how we’ve arrived at such a conflict in American life. He then draws alternately on his philosophical background and the daily experience of motorcycle work to argue for a new dedication to working with one’s hands.

Manhood for Amateurs: The Pleasures and Regrets of a Husband, Father, and Son by Michael Chabon: Michael Chabon is a father of four, and despite his success as an author, he is still willing to define a father as “a man who fails every day.” This essay collection might be called an effort to come to peace with his definition, but the effort sounds far too serious for a book that also includes an invective against Captain Underpants and a praise song for Planet of the Apes (the TV show, mind you), as well as reflections on Judaism and the value of Chabon’s MFA program. Somewhere between the two extremes, the explorations and epiphanies of earnest father and geeky kid, Chabon finds his voice – and it turns out to be the same one readers already love.

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18 Responses to Found in the pages of Bookmarks Magazine, January/February 2010 issue

  1. Molly says:

    Ok – I am waiting (and not very patiently I might add) for my January/February edition of this magazine. I know I will find some marvelous that I will absolutely HAVE to add to the TBR list :)
    .-= Molly´s last blog ..final TSS of 2009 =-.

    • CarrieK
      Twitter: booksandmovies
      says:

      Molly – I didn’t add as many as usual – there seemed to be a lot of titles I had already seen mentioned either on a blog or in a previous issue. Still fun to look at all those lovely book covers, and drool, though. :)

  2. I haven’t even opened the cover of my new Bookmarks, can you believe it? Maybe it will be the last thing I read this year. LOL There’s always a few titles that sound interesting enough that I want to put them on my wishlist. Shadow Tag sounds especially interesting–and sad!
    .-= Literary Feline´s last blog ..Review: Guests of the Ayatollah by Mark Bowden =-.

    • CarrieK
      Twitter: booksandmovies
      says:

      Wendy – I’ve read lots of good reviews for Erdrich’s other book – Plague of Doves, I think? – but haven’t read any of her work before.

  3. Sandy
    Twitter: youvegottaread
    says:

    I am so thrilled with my new Bookmarks subscription. It is like the big toy catalog that we used to get when I was a kid. I just sit and look and make notes and look some more!
    .-= Sandy´s last blog ..Monday Movie Meme – Don’t Know Much About History =-.

  4. Ash says:

    I have never heard of Bookmarks mag so I’m very glad I stumbled on this post!
    .-= Ash´s last blog ..My Christmas Book Stack =-.

    • CarrieK
      Twitter: booksandmovies
      says:

      Ash – it was a favorite Christmas present last year and I was so excited that she had renewed it!

  5. Kathleen says:

    I just subscribed to Bookmarks magazine and am so excited! I’m afraid my TBR pile is going to topple over!
    .-= Kathleen´s last blog ..Sunday Salon – A Week Where I Went With the Flow =-.

  6. softdrink says:

    I actually have Shop Class as Soul Craft, although I haven’t read it yet.
    .-= softdrink´s last blog ..Moby Dick Monday (or, shoot me now) =-.

    • CarrieK
      Twitter: booksandmovies
      says:

      Fizzy – I’m really glad Bookmarks featured it, because I had read a review of it a while ago that made me want to pick it up, but then forgot all about it. :)

  7. iliana says:

    That’s a great Christmas gift! I read Glimpses of the Moon (my first Wharton book) last year i think and really loved it. I hope you’ll enjoy it! Shop Class as Soulcraft sounds like fun. I heard the author on NPR a while back and had forgotten about that book. thanks for reminding me about that one!
    .-= iliana´s last blog ..Whodunits =-.

    • CarrieK
      Twitter: booksandmovies
      says:

      Iliana – It’s been one of my favorite Christmas gifts ever – though my to-read list may never recover!

  8. Kathy says:

    I had Bookmarks Magazine on my wish list, but Santa didn’t get it for me.
    .-= Kathy´s last blog ..Wondrous Words Wednesday =-.

  9. A subscription to Bookmarks is pretty much one of the best presents ever :)
    .-= Amanda (A Bookshelf Monstrosity)´s last blog ..Books by Theme: Jane Austen Variations =-.