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Saturday, March 2

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Jasmine / June 1, 2009 12:16 AM

Infinite Jest, and I hope to finish it this summer -

pantagrapher / June 1, 2009 9:17 AM

Speak, Memory

Madame Bovary

Either Gravity's Rainbow or Ulysses

A couple other books too embarrassing to mention

And I doubt I'll be able to make it through the summer without reading Pale Fire ... again

Nuke LaLoosh / June 1, 2009 9:36 AM

FIASCO by Frank Partnoy.

Among others . . .

greg / June 1, 2009 10:51 AM

Depends on what I pick up on bargain day @ the Little City Book Sale. I still have two weeks and two books remaining (The Little Friend, From a Buick 8) to fulfill my resolution to read my 2008 LCBS stack before buying any more.

Veronica B. / June 1, 2009 11:09 AM

Last summer it was the Odyssey, so this summer it's the Iliad. I never did read the two when I was in school.

Of course, all the summer Book Club picks will be on the list, too. I can't wait to start reading La Perdida.

David / June 1, 2009 11:18 AM

Here's June:

American Odyssey, by Robert Conot
How Buildings Learn, by Stewart Brand
The Image of the City, by Kevin Lynch
Imagining the Modern City, by James Donald
Passing the Time in Ballymenone, by Henry Glassie
Picture Theory, by WJT Mitchell
Seeing Like a State, by James Scott
The Spaces Between Buildings, by Larry Ford

And as much of the run of the journal Visual Studies as seems appropriate.

Mucky Fingers / June 1, 2009 12:27 PM

Street signs, my Netflix queue and menus.

Winediva / June 1, 2009 2:09 PM

Its not About the Bike: Lance Armstrong
Pretty in Plaid: Jen Lancaster
In Defense of Food: Michael Pollan
Dark Heart of Italy: Tobias Jones

holden / June 1, 2009 7:25 PM

One Hundred Years of Solitude...G.G. Marquez
The End of Poverty...J. Sachs
The Little Pink House...j. Benedict
Outcasts United...W. St. John

is there a good listing to follow to know out when/where good book sales are going on?

Pat / June 1, 2009 7:37 PM

Pretty much everything that was on my list last summer. I'll be thrilled to make it through Kavalier and Klay and the Windup Bird Chronicles.

Some Asshole Tourist / June 2, 2009 9:42 AM

The Devil in the White City!

I hear it's really really good.

mary / June 2, 2009 10:01 AM

i dont really differentiate between summer reading and the rest of the year, but what i have on tap is a collection of random recommendations:

the secret history - donna tartt
the physick book of deliverance dane - katherine howe
the glass castle: a memoir - jeannette walls
the road - cormac mccarthy
extremely loud and incredibly close - jonathan safran foer
same kind of different as me - ron hall
hardboiled wonderland and the end of the world - haruki murakami

just picked up haunted by chuck palahniuk. that first "short story" made me ill all over, and i'm hoping that doesnt happen again.

jen / June 2, 2009 10:19 AM

@Pat -- I read Wind-Up Bird Chronicle for the first time in the summer of 2003. At 610 pages, it was pretty much all summer, but if you read outside, you'll get a killer tan. ;)
Oh, and the book's pretty damn good, too.
@Mary -- Hard Boiled Wonderland is my 2nd favourite Murakami; enjoy.

Myself, I've been put on task to read Independent People by... I'm too lazy to look up, Icelandic author, Laxness? I'm 25 pages in and the writing is not up my alley at all so who knows if I'll make it. I've really wanted to pick up 2666, so I may do that instead. And work on my tan.

Carlotta / June 2, 2009 1:06 PM

I'm currently re-reading "The Dixon Cornbelt League and Other Baseball Stories" by W.P. Kinsella before I give it to a friend. It's made me want to read another of his books, "Shoeless Joe."

-- "Cutting for Stone" by Abraham Verghese. I loved his two previous non-fiction books, hope this is good as well.

-- "The Stones of Summer" by Dow Mossman. I'm gonna finish this book, damnit!

-- "Between The Bridge and The River " by Craig Ferguson. Got it cheap at a going-out-of-business used bookstore sale, that's my excuse.

C-Note / June 2, 2009 2:10 PM

A couple of books too pretentious to mention. Come on, why not read Gravity's Rainbow AND Ulysses, Guy Who (Ironically) Missed The Whole (And Very Funny) Point of Pale Fire?

Cinnamon / June 2, 2009 3:01 PM

I'm going to be reading books for the Gapers Block Book Club and the Feminist Book Club at Women and Children First. Otherwise, I'm going to be reading every cookbook I can get my hands on and eyes through. Summer of food for me.

Alice / June 2, 2009 4:52 PM

I'll also be reading the Gapers Block Book Club picks for this summer. Plus, I'd like to read "The Cornish Trilogy" by Robertson Davies, which I picked up at the GB book swap a couple weeks ago.

PMan / June 2, 2009 11:18 PM

I'm going to pick up Richard Price's Lush Life before I go to New York this weekend. I'm kind of looking forward to it.

pantagrapher / June 3, 2009 9:47 AM

C-Note, your intuition is uncanny.

Mike / June 4, 2009 7:09 AM

I've declared this the summer of Pynchon. I'm re-reading Gravity's Rainbow and I hope to have MAson & Dixon and Against The Day finished by the time his latest book is published in August. I don't think I'm going to make it though.

Soon-to-be-Former Page / June 13, 2009 5:29 PM

Employment applications.

Ironically, I work(ed) for the Library, pre-layoff.

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