Just watch. The video says it all!
Sunday, August 23, 2009
I'm surprised sometimes by what books show up on my doorstep. When a bubble pack envelope shows up, I usually know how I got on this publisher's list, or I had requested a title from that publicist.
Nibble and Kuhn by David Schmahmann, though, was a mystery. The Academy Chicago Publishers? Never heard of them. Never heard of Schmahmann or his book, either.
But as I cleaned out my "to be considered" stacks to donate to the Haddonfield Public Library Book Sale, the cover caught my eye -- the blurry background with the hazed out light pricks at the bottom. What the hell. I'll give it a go. If I didn't like it, I could always throw it in the donate pile.
But I liked it! It's a tidy, not terribly taxing novel without a lot of twists and turns. It's a story about Derek Dover, a disillusioned Boston lawyer and two things: the girl he can't have, and the impossible case that is dropped into his lap.
The book is also about a law firm that is trying to be bigger than its britches at exactly the wrong time. It's very now -- recession and real estate collapse included. Like Kermit Roosevelt's In the Shadow of the Law, which is more legal thriller than Nibble & Kuhn, it reaffirmed that I made the right call in not going to law school. I think the tedium would have gotten to me, and it's not longer one of those careers where it seems that you're guaranteed a high paying job at the end of the line.
Nibble & Kuhn is not a legal thriller, and it's not a romance. It's a short, fast novel good for hot summer nights when I was cooped up in front of the window AC unit.
Now, about the blog: It's back, sorta. I'm not doing another book a week series -- it was too taxing when my work life busied up. But when I read a book I enjoy, like Nibble & Kuhn, I'll post a review. Why not? Maybe you'll like it, too.
P.S. It's been years since I read Roosevelt's debut novel, but I still remember the detail about a lawyer analyzing cashmere socks. It's funny what images still stick.
Posted by Jen A. Miller at 8:09 PM
Saturday, August 1, 2009
Today I took apart what I called the "Book a Week" shelving. I kept both book a week series on this shelving unit since I started the projects in the fall of 2007. Every book was put on that shelf in order as it was read.
So I was a little sad when I took the books out. I was doing my usual summer book purge where I take all the galleys I can't use and donate them to the Haddonfield Public Library (they have a boffo book sale that this year is on September 12). So it was time to also tackle the book a week series and get rid of everything I didn't like or couldn't see myself reading again.
But I didn't want to leave the shelves blank, so I created this display, which has some book a week books and some favorites that had been shelved in my spare room.
Now, of course this isn't my entire book collection. I have books in my office, spare room, dining room and living room. They're part of my life, and I'm trying to use them more as decor. Why not? I like how the colors sort of match up in this display. I have cookbooks out in my dining room, along with a shelf of my grandfather's books (the matching set looks nice), and then of course magazines and books on my coffee table.
Where do you keep books in odd places?
Posted by Jen A. Miller at 5:37 PM