What I’ve been reading

Can I step back through the books I’ve read so far this year?  Let me try:

Granta 103 – The Rise of the British Jihad.  Granta is consistently excellent and I’ve been reading it since University and subscribing for over 10 years.  It’s a wonderful introduction to new writers and a way to see new writing that I would probably never pick up otherwise.

Thong Nation –  Henry Sutton.  Trash.  I apologise for even mentioning it here. I bought it on the strength of an excerpt in a magazine that turned out to be the best paragraph in the book.

Come on Shore and We Will Kill and Eat You All Christina Thompson.  Has to win a prize for one of the best titles ever.  It’s a great story of a woman who marries a Maori guy intertwined with history of the interaction between Maori and pakeha in NZ over the past 360 years.

The Wisdom of Whores – Elizabeth Pisani.  I think Jen was shocked when she saw this title on my shelf, but it’s actually a fascinating account of the “AIDS mafia” and the strange and illogical way that epidemiology and the AIDS establishment butts heads with reality in places like South Africa and Indonesia.  I heard the author interviewed on CBC and managed to find the book at the Strand.

The Ice Museum – Joanna Kavenna .  Subtitle is “In Search of the Lost Land of Thule” and it’s a great travelogue and exploration of places through the North Atlantic and into the Arctic.  Very evocative and interesting in her search of sources.

I feel like I’m missing a couple more.  I just reorganized my bookshelves so it’s not so obvious what was read and when.  I’ll update if and when I remember other titles.

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