(or at least, that's what I like to think)
1. Death Comes to Pemberley Hardcover, P.D. James . I almost broke into tears of joy when I discovered this new book from one of my favorite mystery British authors. James presents a rare meeting of literary genius: she has taken the characters of Jane Austen’s beloved novel Pride and Prejudice into a tale of murder and emotional mayhem, since Pemberley is plunged into a frightening mystery. Don’t miss this cool brief presentation of the book!
2. The red house: a novel, by Mark Haddon. Great news! New book by another of my favorite authors, which has taken long since The curious incident of the dog in the Night-time and A spot of bother, which I loved. Although it doesn’t come out until June 12, 2012 you can pre-order it by Amazon. Maybe I’ll just wait until the release, and consider the great news as a gift to look forward into 2012.
3. The Thin Man by Dashiell Hammett (Jul 17, 1989). I am a great fan of Hammett, and have read most of his novels and short stories except this one. A Hammett’s classic tale of murder in Manhattan, which became a popular movie series with William Powell and Myrna Loy. Both the movies and the novel continue to captivate new generations of fans. A perfect setting and plot for this time of year!
4. V is for vengeance, by Sue Grafton ( signed if possible). I have only read three or four novels by the author, all of them Kinsey Milhone’s adventures. I found them entertaining, funny and I got charmed by Milhone’s character, so this new release seems a pretty good choice for a winter afternoon by the fireplace. I know that Grafton offered signed copies a month ago or so, when they released the book, but I am not sure that it’s still possible. Anyways, I think it could be interesting, signed or not.
5. Wild Mind: Living the Writer’s Life. I discovered Goldberg in a Third Street Promenade Library almost six years ago, when I was living in Los Angeles and studying Creative Writing at UCLA. I did read Writing down the bones with amusement and delight, and felt that a new world opened for me. It has always been a companion since then: a book I could open at any time to get inspired and to get on the right track as well again. I read that Goldberg had written Wild Mind: Living the Writer’s Life as a way to expand and extend the info, advise and exercises that were not on Writing down the bones at the time, so it seems a pretty inspiring choice to me!
What about you? Which books would you love to get for Christmas?
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