17 June 2014

Now that summer's (officially) arrived, here are some ideas for a good read

Mogador, Alberto Ruy Sanchez
A Rosario Castellanos Reader, Maureen Ahern and others, translators
Bolero, Angeles Mastretta
First Stop in the New World: Mexico City, the Capital of the 21st Century, David Lida
The Orange Tree, Carlos Fuentes

The Traveler's Companion to Mexican Literature, C.M.Mayo, ed.
The Life of Pi, Yann Martel **
The Beloved Returns, Thomas Mann
Mission to Paris, Alan Furst
The Sea, John Banville

Himalaya Poems, Ko Un
White Egrets, Derek Walcott
Word into Silence, John Main, OSB
Istanbul Passage, Joseph Kanon **
Gilead, Marilynne Robinson

Bleak House, Charles Dickens*
Out of Africa, Isak Dinesen**
Richard II, William Shakespeare (reread)
David Copperfield, Charles Dickens*

Chorister at the Abbey, Lis Howell**
Aim High, Achieve More: How to Transform Urban Schools through Fearless Leadership, Yvette Jackson and Veronica McDermott
Van Gogh Up Close, Cornelia Homburg, editor
History of Butoh, Khadija Anderson (full-length poetry collection)
Worlds Apart, Dorothee Lang and Smith Murthy
I Stand Here Shredding Documents, Kristin Berkey Abbott (poetry chapbook)
Balance, Robbi Nestor (poetry chapbook)

Saga of the People of Laxardal (from Sagas of Icelanders)
A Death at the White Camellia Orphanage, Marly Youmans *
Living Buddha, Living Christ, Thich Naht Hahn
Emptiness Dancing, Adyashanti *

Sacre Blues: An Unsentimental journey Through Quebec, Taras Grescoe
The Most Beautiful Thing, Fiona Robyn *
The Tiger's Wife, Tea Obreht *

Nobility of Spirit: A Forgotten Ideal,  Rob Rieman
That Woman, Tom Montag (poetry chapbook)
Destiny Disrupted: A History of the World Through Islamic Eyes, Tamim Ansary
Letters from Iceland, W.H.Auden and Louis MacNeice

Fight the Wild Island, Ted Edwards
The Unbearable Lightness of Being, Milan Kundera
The Sense of an Ending, Julian Barnes (audio book read by Richard Morant)
The Wide, Wide World, Susan Bogert Warner
Vatnsdœla saga, from The Sagas of Icelanders

Egil's Saga, from The Sagas of Icelanders
Opening the World, Dale Favier (poetry chapbook)
The English Patient, Michael Ondaatje (audio book)
Open City, Teju Cole (rereading)
Ice and Gaywings, Ken Pobo (poetry chapbook)

The Book of Ystwyth, six poets on the art of Clive Hicks-Jenkins
The End of the Affair, Graham Greene
Triplicity, Kristin McHenry (poetry chapbook)
Paper Covers Rock, Chella Courington (poetry chapbook)
Phaedrus, Plato
The Picture of Dorian Grey, Oscar Wilde*

Mrs. Dalloway, Virginia Woolf*
I Stand Here Shredding Documents, Kristin Berkey Abbott (poetry chapbook)
Possession, A.S. Byatt
The Years, Virginia Woolf*
The Little Princess, Frances Hodgson Burnett*

The Throne of Psyche, Marly Youmans
Far From the Madding Crowd, Thomas Hardy. Adaptation for the stage by Mark Healy.
The Secret Garden, Frances Hodgson Burnett (reread on its centennial)*

Allied to all this reading, here are some ideas of how to put a 'spring' into your step

  • In the fridge have cottage cheese, turkey, game - gives you the happy chemical seratonin
  • Vitamin C - orange juice, broccoli, green peppers
  • Essential fatty acids from mackerel, tuna, evening primrose oil
  • Vitamin D  from eggs, oily fish, sunshine
  • Calcium from milk, yoghurt, cheeses, nuts, pulses, canned fish
  • Warming soups and stews
  • Garlic to help the immune system
  • Keep your head warm (55)
  • Blackcurrant juice, red peppers, sunflower seeds, green vegetables are all antioxidants for blood circulation and chilblains
  • Keep exercising

1 comment:

  1. So pleased to find my name on your reading list. Indeed I'm present more than once, in the sense that a painting of mine is on the cover of another book you've selected, that being Marly Youmans' 'The Throne of Psyche'.

    Thank you very much. It's most heartening to be on a recommended reading list.