This month while staying with family in the States I’ve gotten to do one of my favorite things: raid Maryland’s public libraries for some American titles I’d been hankering to read. Through the local Prince George’s County Memorial Library System I’m able to request any book in Maryland for free on interlibrary loan.
We picked these books up from the library on the 11th, so I think I did pretty well to get through 12 in total, considering it was the holidays and we were busy going back and forth to Pennsylvania and visiting friends. It helped that several were poetry collections, two of the memoirs were very short, and two books I only skimmed.
Still, my reach was wider than my grasp: I had to return four books unread.
(Thanks to Shannon at River City Reading for the great blog idea and template! Check out her blog for other link-ups.)
LIBRARY BOOKS READ
The Open Door, Elizabeth Maguire (novel about Constance Fenimore Woolson)
Kayak Morning: Reflections on Love, Grief, and Small Boats, Roger Rosenblatt
Ongoingness: The End of a Diary, Sarah Manguso*
My Bright Abyss: Meditation of a Modern Believer, Christian Wiman
Do Not Go Gentle: My Search for Miracles in a Cynical Time, Ann Hood
Learning to Walk in the Dark, Barbara Brown Taylor*
[Not books, but I did also borrow and finish Parks & Recreation Seasons 4 and 5.]
+ Poetry books:
Deep Lane, Mark Doty*
The Last Two Seconds, Mary Jo Bang*
Erratic Facts, Kay Ryan
Once in the West, Christian Wiman
* = interlibrary loan orders
The Shelf from LEQ to LES: Adventures in Extreme Reading, Phyllis Rose
Selfish, Shallow and Self-Absorbed: Sixteen Writers on the Decision Not to Have Kids, ed. Meghan Daum
Tickets for a Prayer Wheel, Annie Dillard
The Vermeer Conspiracy, Eytan Halaban
Notes on the Assemblage, Juan Felipe Herrera
The Folded Clock: A Diary, Heidi Julavits
The Invention of Nature: Alexander von Humboldt’s New World, Andrea Wulf
What were some of your best recent library reads?