Book Haul From The Strand

You know what I DON’T need? More books!

But I recently found myself with the opportunity to go to The Strand, which I couldn’t pass up. Thanks to my Goodreads to-read list, I ended up with these books:

photo 1 (1)Here is the list:

The Obituary Writer by Ann Hood (I have wanted this since it came out; have heard that it is better than The Red Thread)

How to Be An American Housewife by Margaret Dilloway

How to Be A Good Wife by Emma Chapman (see a theme here?)

In Zanesville by Jo Ann Beard (coming of age in the 70s)

We Are All Completely Beside Ourselves by Karen Joy Fowler (highly recommended by Ann Patchett)

The Antagonist by Lynn Coady

Shout Her Lovely Name by Natalie Serber (short stories)

Tell The Wolves I’m Home by Carol Rifka Brunt (have wanted this since it came out too)

Sparta by Roxana Robinson (read the Q&A with Robinson about Sparta here)

If you’ve read any of these, please weigh in! What am I in store for?


  • Larissa
    February 26, 2014 - 5:08 pm | Permalink

    Read Tell the Wolves I’m Home first — that one looked so interesting!

    • gayle
      February 27, 2014 - 12:42 am | Permalink

      Have you read any of these?

  • Michelle
    February 26, 2014 - 5:41 pm | Permalink

    I enjoyed “how to be an american housewife” and “tell the wolves I’m home.” I liked that latter more.

    • gayle
      February 27, 2014 - 12:41 am | Permalink

      Thanks, Michelle!

  • February 26, 2014 - 7:32 pm | Permalink

    I loved In Zanesville! Honestly, I read it so long ago that I don’t remember it, but I remember being enthralled.

    • gayle
      February 27, 2014 - 12:41 am | Permalink

      Ah, good to know!! Thanks, Karen!

  • February 26, 2014 - 7:56 pm | Permalink

    I haven’t read any of them but I’m dying to get my hands on Tell the Wolves I’m Home.

    • gayle
      February 27, 2014 - 12:41 am | Permalink

      Will let you know what I think of it!

  • Diane@BibliophilebytheSea
    February 26, 2014 - 8:36 pm | Permalink

    LOVED — Tell the Wolves I’m Home and the Red Thread. The Obit Writer was just ok for me –enjoy all.

    • gayle
      February 27, 2014 - 12:41 am | Permalink

      Thanks! Interesting, I wasn’t crazy about Red Thread – maybe I will like Obit better??

  • February 27, 2014 - 6:49 am | Permalink

    Tell the Wolves I’m Home is fantastic – enjoy all your new books!

  • Susan B
    February 27, 2014 - 7:52 am | Permalink

    Several of these are on my to-read list as well. I have read Tell the Wolves I’m Home and it is really great. I still think about that book!

  • Mary
    February 27, 2014 - 8:30 am | Permalink

    I think you’ll love Tell the Wolves I’m Home. It was great, especially for someone of our generation. Brings back a lot of memories from the 1980’s!

  • Tuvana
    February 27, 2014 - 11:27 am | Permalink

    I also heard that We Are all Completely Beside ourselves is excellent – I was not sure I was ready for primate literature but I just finished The One and Only Ivan and loved it

  • Miriam
    February 27, 2014 - 8:11 pm | Permalink

    You must move Tell the Wolves I’m Home to the top of the pile. I loved it but had a hard time remembering the title (and that is explained in the book). What a lovely sensitive ending. Was just GREAT.
    I am looking forward to the book club discussion.

  • Kelly
    March 1, 2014 - 8:20 am | Permalink

    Gayle I will add to the praises about Tell the Wolves I’m Home. One of the best books I’ve ever read. The characters are wonderful. We Are All Beside Ourselves is also excellent and stays with you for a long time. Very original story. Happy Reading!

  • March 5, 2014 - 5:43 pm | Permalink

    Great haul from The Strand! I love that place. One of my doctors is in Union Square and I try to get to The Strand almost every time I have an appointment. I could spend hours at that book store.

    I haven’t read any of the books you bought but several of them are on my list of books to read. I’ll be watching for your reviews!

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