I'm always in the middle of half a dozen books. I love inexpensive used books (garage sales and library sales are big events for me), and I have a lot of them. The blog has occasional entries about books I'm reading.

Tom Stoppard: A Life

Hermione Lee
May 21, 2021

This is a fantastic biography. It's incredibly well researched (literally: I find it hard to believe how much time and trouble the author took to talk with everyone, read every archived document, chase down every source), and clearly and compellingly told.

Sister Carrie

Theodore Dreiser
February 2, 2021

I'm finding this difficult to read at bedtime. I might do better with it during an afternoon reading break.

Driving Over Lemons

Chris Stewart
February 16, 2021

I picked this up at the library book sale a few years ago when I was paying extra attention to the travel section.

The Polysyllabic Spree

Nick Hornby
April 15, 2014

I found this at the Friends of the Library book store at Fort Mason and am having a great time reading it.

I've always liked Nick Hornby, and - as a reader with great ambition and wide-ranging interests and hardly any time to read - I enjoy reading about what he did and didn't get to each month.

Howards End

E. M. Forster
January 5, 2012

I'm starting this tonight - I'm so excited.

My main motivation for reading this is that I'm planning to read Zadie Smith's On Beauty, and I've read that was inspired by Howards End. Plus, it's always good to read an unread classic.

Talent is Overrated

Geoff Colvin
July 15, 2011

I'm skimming most of this, but paying closer attention to the chapters defining deliberate practice.

What to Listen For in Jazz

Barry Kernfeld
September 27, 2010

I grew up on top 40 radio with minimal knowledge of jazz. I've come to really enjoy a lot of jazz, but I often feel like I barely speak the language. So far, this is giving me a lot of new understanding - a lot of pathways into appreciating the music more.

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