Sunday, August 21, 2011

Books for Breakfast, etc.

Today's menu

The Life of Poetry, by Muriel Rukeyser.
Revolutionary Routes, by Angela Stuart-Santiago

Both books are wow. Read through the first four chapters of the first while my husband was at a meeting, and the daughter was reading Cat and Mouse in the Haunted House (she's at p. 80).

Attended the launch of the second. I haven't read through the entire thing, but the first page got me hooked--it begins with the death of a popular Filipino president, which death was the subject of much thanksgiving in the author's family, as in mine--and, apparently, for a very similar--if not the same--reason. My husband, who came to the launch too, was able to read further into the book while I was chatting with some friends at the launch. He, too, was hooked by the narrative. We had a long discussion on imagination and (the) nation(-building) occasioned by the book launch, and the book itself (by the way, book design Adam David) and cover (Mervin Malonzo) are lovely.

Also read bits of:

The Comforts of a Muddy Saturday, by Alexander McCall Smith (couldn't resist the purchase; only P49 at NBS); and

The Graveyard Book, by Neil Gaiman (ongoing research for a half-written story).

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