Wednesday, May 27, 2009

Summer Reading List

I'm compiling a summer reading list.

The list will be multi-genre. I want your recommendations.

There's very little on the list so far:

The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao
Middlesex
Almanac of the Dead--currently reading.

I need ideas on poetry collections. It's not that I'm unfamiliar with poetry, mind you, it's that I just don't know where to begin! There's so much I've already read. I want to be surprised, you see . . .

Anyway, I'm not particular, though if you've got solid short-story collections you can recommend, that'd be great too.

My ambitious goal is to finish 32 books this summer. Why 32? I have no idea.

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Other things--I sold my car and my father's truck for money. We're cutting back on a number of other things as well.

Meredith, ultimately, was offered one class in the English dept. for Winter quarter, but unfortunately, that won't replace the seven classes she's used to teaching year to year.

I'm going to look into doing some low-res teaching . . . at least for part of the year to make ends meet.

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Current Spin:

Echo & the Bunnymen.

3 comments:

jeannine said...

Dear Oliver,
Here are a few short-story collections I'd strongly recommend:
Haruki Murakami's After Dark (really a collection of linked short stories) or After the Quake
Kelly Link's Stranger Things Happen
Karen Russell's Home for Girls Raised by Wolves (particularly the title story)
Have you read The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier and Clay? It's a nice companion to The Brief and Wondrous Life...

Chicky Wang said...

The Best American Short Stories 2005 is really pretty great. Been reading that lately.

I'm slow.

Oliver de la Paz said...

I have read Kavalier & Clay.

I'll check into your suggestions