The shopping ritual dismays me, and a dark cloud descends till I turn off the TV, though I see the appeal of leaving the guests if things aren’t going well, or doing a female-bonding thing by announcing, “Let’s go shopping!” Still, I suggest that everybody take a walk instead.
Kerri Jarema at Bustle reminds us that there’s an alternative shopping day, Small Business Saturday. She says, “…and for readers, this year’s indie bookstore line-up of events will have you more excited than ever to stack your shelves with new reads.”
She even mentions The Bookworm, where I sometimes shop. She writes, “Stores like The Bookworm in Omaha will be having special readings and signings, along with the chance to win a freebie tote bag and enter a raffle for a $50 gift card.” And if you’re in Omaha, be sure to go to Jackson Street Booksellers, though I doubt the hipsters at that used bookstore have ever heard of Small Business Saturday.
Kudos to Jarema, because few New York writers mention the Midwest!
BEST BOOKS OF THE YEAR LISTS.
The Best Books of the Year lists are published earlier and earlier. It’s annoying, but it’s a shopping ritual thing. And I do enjoy perusing the lists, so here are a few links.
The others I’ve read were just okay: Sigrid Nunez’s National Book Award-winning The Friend, basically an essay about the narrator’s best friend, a professor who seems to have died because he could no longer sleep with his students, and the Great Dane he leaves her; Lionel Shriver’s Property, a collection of two novellas and some short stories (a couple of these are gems, the others so-so); Meg Wolitzer’s The Female Persuasion, a metoo novel; and Rebecca Makkai’s well-researched historical novel about the AIDS crisis in Chicago, The Great Believers.
3 . The Washington Post Best Books of 2018. I haven’t read any of the top 10 and couldn’t access the rest!
4. Barnes and Noble Best Science Fiction and Fantasy 2018. The B&N SF blog is very good.
If you know of any other lists do tell me!