It’s nearly the end of August but Summer’s not over yet, despite what the Halloween candy in the grocery store has been screaming at me. (If I, an autumn-obsessed witch, say it’s too early… it’s way too early.)
I was reading a stack of New York Times Book Reviews from the past few weeks, and a few titles I’d not considered earlier jumped out at me. So before Summer breathes his last humid gasps, I want to check these brand-new-ish books off my list. They were all featured in recent NYTBRs, so check those out for the in-depth reviews.
The Government Lake – Last Poems by James Tate
I don’t know much about poetry. As proof of this: I didn’t know who James Tate was until after his death. But these seem fascinating, rather prose-y, more like ideas and fragments than proper verse. I’m keen to give them a try, and will probably try more of his work later. We shall see!
Recursion by Blake Crouch
This one might be a little too intense for me, as it has neuroscience as a major plot point, but I’m curious to finally read a Blake Crouch book after Dark Matter got so many good reviews. More appealingly, Victor Lavalle reviewed Recursion in the NYTBR and I will try anything that he deems worthwhile.
Stay And Fight by Madeline ffitch
I don’t know if this book can possibly be as good as I think it will be, based on the power of the title alone. I just love the phrase “stay and fight.” I want a poster for my bedroom. Anyway, this is about an urban millennial who decides to settle in Appalachian Ohio. Pipelines encroach and parenting is questioned… it sounds good.
I still need at least one seafaring adventure for my trip to Acadia national park in September, but these three will likely be in my bag as well. (On that note, anything similar to Treasure Island!!! or We Are Pirates that’s escaped my notice this year? I’ve got my eye on When We Were Vikings but it’s not quite nautical enough to satisfy this very particular itch.)