Hi, all, I am blowing away the cobwebs here. I am alive and well, just not blogging.
Months and months ago, I signed up for an Amazon Affiliate account. Before I ever used it, there was some weird regulatory thing that made Amazon tell me I couldn't use it. Now they are telling me I have a green light, but I have to hurry or they will close my account. So I am going to tell you about books I have been reading, and you can click through if they interest you, and then maybe I can figure out this Amazon Affiiate thing that doesn't seem like it ought to be that hard.
1. Remember when I posted about books I had been meaning to finish? I'm almost to the end of One Hundred Names for Love, and I'm enjoying the second half more than the first half. Diane Ackerman described her husband Paul West's remarkable recovery from a stroke that left him severely aphasic. It is leaving me in awe of his resilience and persistence. I think I will probably wind up assigning parts of it in a class I'm teaching next year. (Oh, wait, it looks like you have to give separate links for book-books and e-books? Kindle version here.)
2. I just finished How To Write A Lot (Kindle link): accessible, funny, encouraging, motivating. Recommended.
3. Stella is way into this Marcia WIlliams book at the moment. My kids have all enjoyed Marcia Williams, but this one is in especially heavy rotation right now.
4. After I finish this batch of grading I am going to buy myself a new Dorothy Sayers novel. I will sigh a happy sigh, knowing that it has not been plagiarized. (Seriously, students. What part of "If you plagiarize, I will catch you and you will be sorry" did you not understand?)
5. I bought a copy of Honest Pretzels when Elizabeth Foss recommended it. Stella is fascinated by it. (I haven't actually cooked anything from it. It might blow her little mind to realize that we could actually make some of the foods she enjoys chatting about.)
6. I am continuing to think about Stephanie Pearl-McPhee's newest essay collection. There's a hilarious essay about better parenting through nudity, and a thoughtful one about the way that we can carry high school ugliness with us for a long time.
7. The Warden is at the top of my TBR queue, and it's free! Happy reading.
More quick takes at Jen's, as usual.
PS Speaking of Jen, you can pre-order her book and get a free e-book along with it.