Today I went to the Barnes & Noble BU Bookstore, since I get a 20% discount there. There were a few specific titles I wanted to buy. As some of you may recall, a few months ago I bought Paul Elie's The Life You Save May Be Your Own, a biography and literary criticism of the four pillars of twentieth century American Catholic letters: Thomas Merton, Dorothy Day, Percy Walker, and Flannery O'Connor. I decided, however, that before I tackled this work I'd like to become familiar with these authors' works. On scholargipsy's recommendation, I got O'Connor's The Violent Bear It Away and Everything That Rises Must Converge, which came bound in a single volume along with Wise Blood, her first novel. I did some web searches to determine what to get by the other three. I bought Walker's The Moviegoer, which looks like his best known work and had been nominated for book club earlier this year. With Dorothy Day, there seems to be only one thing to get, since I'm not going to dig up old issues of The Catholic Worker, and so I bought that one thing: her autobiography, The Long Loneliness. Thomas Merton presented the opposite challenge: he was so prolific, so where does one start? I decided to start with his autobiography, The Seven Storey Mountain.
The other thing I wanted to find was a boxed set (or at least all four volumes) of Ursula Le Guin's Earthsea series, but no such luck. (am0, you used to have a boxed set of the trilogy. If you still have it and want to send it to me for Christmas, I won't complain. ) However, I did allow myself to snatch up three books by C.S. Lewis. After all, I've enjoyed his Signature Classics so thoroughly, and I seem to be on a religious kick once again. So, I picked up The Weight of Glory, The Abolition of Man, and The Four Loves.
I've got a week off from work coming up in a week, and I intend to spend a good chunk of that week reading! Speaking of which, for those who are interested, our next book club selection is John F. Kennedy's Profiles in Courage; we'll be meeting either the weekend of January 15 or the weekend of January 22, probably at the JFK museum, so if you're interested in joining us let me know. Now I'd better get back to reading Ben Mezrich's Bringing Down the House so I can get started on all this other stuff!