Wednesday, November 24, 2010

Brief chap review

Helen Mirren Picks Out My ClothesHelen Mirren Picks Out My Clothes by Andrew Terhune


My rating: 3 of 5 stars


Sometimes I'm a total sucker for this kind of jaunty, topical, oh-so-clever pop art. I opened this very slender item at the press table at this year's Small Press Festival in Pittsburgh, read one random poem, and had to buy it. I was not disappointed.




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Friday, November 12, 2010

Free Book Friday #5: Goodies in Spanish

Up for grabs this weekend are a few books in Spanish, including one bilingual Spanish-English collection:
  • Los relampagos de agosto by Jorge Ibarguengoitia,  a nice 1979 paperback edition purchased in Puebla, Mexico back in 1991. Great condition.
  • La barca sin pescador by Alejandor Casona: first American edition, hardcover, published in 1955 by Oxford University Press. Spanish with an English introduction. Book is in good condition, but spine and part of back cover have some cloth deterioration ("scabby" spots).
  • Y no se lo trago la tierra by Tomas Rivera, published as a bilingual Spanish/English volume. The translation, And the Earth Did Not Devour Him, is by Evangelina Vigil-Pinon. First paperback edition, published in 1987 by Arte Publico Press in Houston. Pretty good shape, with some edge wear to the covers.
Remember: you may claim any book for free by posting a response here (to this blog post) or on Facebook (I cross-post there after this post appears). I will ship your book(s) by Media Mail; all I ask is that you reimburse me for the postage.

Friday, November 05, 2010

Free book Friday #4: Leitch, American Literary Criticism

Up for grabs this weekend is Vincent Leitch's American Literary Criticism from the 30s to the 80s, a nice clean paperback copy with just a tiny bit of pencil underlining on a few pages. I haven't cracked this book since my undergrad days & don't know whether it's still a useful tome, but it was essential for the lit theory class I took at the University of Houston back in the day.

Remember: you may claim this book for free by posting a response here, to this blog post, or on Facebook (I cross-post there after this post appears). I will ship your item(s) by Media Mail; all I ask is that you reimburse me for the postage.

Speaking of free books, if you haven't heard of PaperbackSwap.com, you should really check it out. I managed to unload eight books within 48 hours of joining, and can't wait for my "swap credits" to roll in so I can... err, get more books, yeah.