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I have discovered there are few publishing houses that I respect their editorial choices and find they have interests similar to my own. Virago Modern Classics (which has a wonderful and lively group) and New York Review Books. I may not adore every title but I always find the novels and children's books they choose interesting and worth reading.
Eventually I acquired the entire backlist, and I now pre-order every NYRB Classics volume. I've read about 50 of them so far. Some I'm rather sure I'll never read, like A Book of Mediterranean Food. But the full 200+ volumes lined up on one bookcase looks pretty cool!
I was just thick enough it took me a while to figure out that a number of my favorite books were from the same publisher and then to start looking for their titles.
I think A Month in the Country was my first volume. I have an incredible fondness for An African in Greenland which I have tried to force on a number of people because Kpomassie has such a unique voice.
I also notice they are publishing Tove Jansson's books for grown ups. I had to order my copies of The Summer Book and A Winter Book from England before they were published here.
Oh and I have long been interested in Anatomy of Melancholy I have to move that up my list.
Edited because the touchstones are still not working.
I must say that, even if I did not purchase the books because they were NYRB, I was quickly captivated by the elegance of the edition, and I will acquire more.
Is there a complete list of all their publications to date?
I agree christiguc, there are titles I will pick up and put back if the subject doesn't suit me but they always merit a read of the back cover. I am just happy there is another publisher in the trenches finding interesting things.
Rob I am off to read your review as I adored The Summer Book. Edited to add, you captured the quality of the book Rob, it is like water present and shifting away all the time.
It great to see quite a few VMC authors on their list of publications including Christina Stead with Letty Fox: Her Luck.
I think their collection has to be more eclectic because their base of readers is so much more diverse.
There are, of course, a few real oddballs. All told, the breadth of the collection demonstrates a lot more intellectual diversity than the magazine does.
I've loved these editions for years! Excellent idea, Marensr, for creating this group. I have The Furies by Janet Hobhouse (one of my very favourites having read it 3 times), The Dud Avacado, Black Sun by Geoffrey Wolff and Manservant and Maidservant. After browsing their list, I see even more wonderful titles!
Marise, are you familiar with the bio of Cariline Blackwood titled A Dangerous Muse? It's a good one!
I'm glad that so many of you have found Tove Jansson's Summer Book. We'll most likely be publishing some of her other books for adults in the future.
I will always be happy to see more works by Tove Jansson she deserves a wider world audience.
I am embarrassed to say that I only recently learned that Tove Jansson wrote books for adults, but happy to know that I can get at least one of them through NYRB! My boys loved the Moomintroll books when they were younger.
>20 bleuroses: bleu, I haven't read the bio of Caroline Blackwood, must add it to my wishlist!
I also note that a few 2009 releases are already listed on Amazon, including a couple by Peter Handke and School for Love by Olivia Manning.
And I've been a Tove Jansson fan ever since the day my best friend dragged her mother into the Barbie section of a toy store, leaving me alone in the small area they had for children's books, where I found Moominsummer Madness! I've been an addict ever since!
Welcome sarajill! I hope you will enjoy yourself here with us.
I hadn't seen the new Virago edition, and though I'm clearly biased, I must say that it's awful, embarrassing really! If you don't offend easily, check out this Radar spoof of the chick-litization of some classic books (including The Diary of Ann Frank). Hilarious.
the site re chick-lit is amusing but I suppose the argument can be put forward that if the cover design encourages young women to read literature then it has served its purpose notwithstanding some of the ghastly designs.
Book covers, oh dear. I really do have a prejudice against the chick lit style covers. Radar spoof is not far off. It reminds me a bit of the mild furor that was created when the American movie cover for film adaptation of Persuasion was released with models rather than the actors in a sort of romance cover pose. Horrid.
Maren, yes! I think this is true of Rumer Godden as well, whose An Episode of the Sparrows is published by NYRB. I wonder if NYRB would reprint any other of her books (some of which, like her marvelous The Greengage Summer and The Diddakoi, are only available on Amazon as British imports).
Now I will have to pick up An Episode of Sparrows as well.
I have a feeling we will be using that recommend titles button on the NYRB site frequently when we get going.
If you get on their mailing list (from the web site), you will get announcements of new titles AND discount offerings!
38 rebeccanyc, I am glad you joined us.
One I'm dying to read but haven't run across is Cromartie v. the God Shiva acting through the government of India.
P.S. Did you get my e-mail?
I quite like Rumer Godden. Read her frequently while a mere lass because she wrote about both ballet (my personal avocation at the time) and nuns (the life path chosen by a large number of my female relations). Sometimes even in tandem! Later I liked her because of the Powell-Pressburger connection. I don't think she's an especially good match for NYRB though. Virago or Persephone is more like it (it's her essential conservatism, her distrust of what is new, radical or unproved, not her gender or the gender of her main characters that makes me think she's somehow fundamentally wrong for the NYRB imprint).
eta: that makes my total NYRBs 9, far behind most of you, I'm afraid, but only the beginning I hope.
P.S. Touchstones, once again, DO NOT WORK!!!!!
She understands my Virago and Persephone obsessions!
The Italian title of As a Man Grows Older is Senilita`. His other very famous book is La Coscienza di Zeno.
I think you should go back and buy it. Tomorrow I shall go back to the library sale, and if I see something I think you might be interested in, I shall get it for you. I was actually on the lookout for a copy of House of Liars by Elsa Morante, one of my favourite books, but no luck!
Unfortunately, I am not up to date with the most recent authors. The few things I have read are not really to my taste, with rare exceptions.
One of these exceptions is Andrea Camilleri, both with his 'Commissario Montalbano' series and with his other books, most of which, alas, have not been translated into English yet. A pity, as they are excellent, original, and very entertaining.
Another book I really enjoyed, when I read it a few years ago, is Q by Luther Blissett. The author is not a person but a group of people who adopted a nom de plume to write fiction. Q is a historical novel, very well written and researched.
In the meantime, try the two Ernst Weiss titles available from Pushkin Press, if you haven't got them already, Franziska and Jarmila.
Wish Her Safe at Homes--Stephen Benatar
Mechanization Takes Command: A Contribution to Anonymous History--Sigfried Giedion
The Wedding of Zein--Tayeb Salih
Clandestine in Chile--Gabriel Garcia Marquez
Original Letters from India--Eliza Fay
Poets in a Landscape--Gilbert Highet
This is a typically eclectic batch. I find it nice to see that NYRB continues to release books on poets and poetry (i.e., the Highet volume).
If previous release patterns hold up, the next batch (with release dates in late spring-summer 2010) will be "announced" in the fall.
"The unfolding of their story through vivid contrast and interplay of truthfulness and deceit, purity and complexity, ice and thaw, winter and spring, makes the most beautiful and satisfying novel I have read this year."
I hope you all notice that NYRB currently has two books (30 copies) posted in Member Giveaways here.
Both are fantastic but The Summer Book is my favorite and I know there is a NYRB edition of it. Then again I am not neutral about Jansson. I think she is wonderful and subtle and has been too long neglected by an American audience. I had to order British editions until NYRB started printing translations.
No I have not read the Tove Jansson books you have listed. I must check them out.
I am very excited about the Hardwick title! She's from Kentucky, and her novel was excellent.
80 inaudible there are nice versions of the comic strips of the Moomins that are now available but you are right the children's books need better versions than the flimsy paperbacks.
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Unfortunately, this is the last day to sign up for the NYRB focus (I should have posted this earlier). But you should check it out anyway: http://spotlightsmallpress.blogspot.com/p/book-review-sign-up-sheet.html
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I'm waiting until the winter to read Everything Flows.
The University of Chicago Press offers one free ebook from its catalog each month. They pick; you don't. Up to now and perhaps in the future, these all had to be read on the Adobe Digital Editions platform (free but different from Adobe Reader). But this month they are offering the first volume of Anthony Powell's 12-volume very long novel A Dance to the Music of Time in a variety of e-book formats for free. I just downloaded my freebie from Amazon. Oh and for those of you who prefer the physical format, that will be available as well (for the December offering). There's a promo code for the physical book at the bottom of this post, but I don't know if that's specific to me. So please don't use it. But you can go to http://www.press.uchicago.edu/ebooks/free_ebook.html and sign up for your own free account. Here's the message U of C P sent me.
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P.S. Powell isn't to everybody's taste but this is a chance to try him out for free.
I didn't realize she had written so many books for adults. A couple of the titles have only recently been translated into English for the first time.