Whenever I go home there is always a stack of Free! Books! on my bed for me to take, mostly advances that my mom doesn't want; there is also a standing invitation to rummage through piles and see what interests me, since those things too might be available for the taking. Thus I will be returning northwards with the following:
Ehrhard Bahr - Weimar on the Pacific; Denis Johnson - Tree of Smoke; Steven Hall - The Raw Shark Texts (this, an advance, contains the author's myspace url on the back—classy); Harry Mathews - The Human Condition (short stories, divided into three sections, the second of which is titled something like
Stories to be Read Aloud; it might perhaps be
interesting to assemble persons and actually read them aloud); Mario Vargas Llosa - The Bad Girl; Russell Hoban - Linger Awhile; Max Frisch - I'm Not Stiller; Klas Östegren - Gentlemen; Elise Blackwell - Grub; John Cowper Powys - Porius, and Gerald Edelman - Second Nature: Brain Science and Human Knowledge.
Tomorrow I will see about liberating cookbooks.