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July Bibliolust

My lust is getting ahead of me. I realized this week that I already have five books on my Amazon wish list that are coming out in October and November. Since that’s more than are on this month’s list, I am hoping it reflects that the publishers are trying to make their fall/winter catalogs as big as usual. For this month, though:

The Impeachment of Abraham Lincoln, Stephen L. Carter — This book seems to be getting a bit of buzz in the trade blogs. Given I like alternative history and the library has the book on order, it’s on my reserve list there.

Monkey Mind: A Memoir of Anxiety, Daniel Smith — Another book that’s generating a lot of buzz and is on order at the library. Ergo, another book on my reserve list this month’s list.

True Believers, Kurt Andersen — This book has generated quite as much attention but it’s the idea that’s got me interested. The novel is built around an attorney who removes herself from consideration for appointment to the U.S. Supreme Court because of her activities as a student radical in 1968.

Report Card:

January-June 2012

Total Bibliolust books: 26

Number read: 21 (80.7%)

Started but did not finish: 3 (11.5%)

Cumulative (September 2008-June 2012)

Total Bibliolust books: 229

Number read: 186 (81.2%)

Started but did not finish: 17 (7.4%)

Most books aren’t very good, and there’s no reason they should be. Whatever “talent” may be, it isn’t apportioned democratically.

Richard Ford, NYT Book Review, June 24, 2012

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