Tuesday, February 27, 2007

Book Report: Picks for a Week on the Outer Banks

From the looks of the weather reports, we're in for a chilly visit to North Carolina's Outer Banks in March. Rob and I might trade the wet, 50 degree weather of San Francisco for the wet, 50 degree weather of the south. This calls for a serious reading list!

After a very productive 15 minute trip to Aardvark Books, this is what I have so far:
Mosquitos, William Faulkner - A book about traveling in the south, how apropo.
A Long Way Down, Nick Hornby - I enjoyed his last book "How to Be Good." Intelligent and clever.
The Bedside Book of Birds, Graeme Gibson - The short vignettes and illustrations make for excellent sharing materials.
Fraud, David Rakoff - Mr. Rakoff is an alum of This American Life, which is all I needed to know before buying it.
Add to this three New Yorkers, two New York Times Sunday Magazines, five of Rob's books, one unfinished copy of The Ballad of the Whiskey Robber, an unfinished John Hodgeman iPod-book and some crossword puzzles and I think I'm set! Now if I can just manage to keep my hands off the new books before we actually leave on vacation :)


hyb said...

Let us know about the books when you're done! I loved Hornby's earlier books - High Fidelity, Fever Pitch, and especially, About a Boy - but thought How To Be Good wasn't, well, as good as the rest. I am still considering picking up the new one.

Anonymous said...

And add to the pile, HOW TO READ A NORTH CAROLINA BEACH, THE BEST STORIES OF 2006 and Zadie Smith's
ON BEAUTY, being brought from SLO!

MissEm said...

Ooo! Good additions!

Tonia Conger said...

I'm reading The Power of One by Bryce Courtenay.It is so good. One of those books that transforms you into a better/stronger person while you are reading it.

hyb said...

Ditto on Zadie Smith's On Beauty. That was an excellent suggestion!