In lieu of going to Book Expo America this week, a group of book bloggers has opted to have their own BEA from home. I am one of those bloggers. To find others, click on the button at left.
To kick off my own Armchair BEA-related posts this week, I thought I’d take a suggestion from the list of BEA-related post topics and suggestions called “Blast from the Past” and focus on some books (and authors) that most likely aren’t being featured at the BEA conference in New York.
Christie and Westlake
I have to start with the usual suspects here on my blog: the works of Agatha Christie and Donald E. Westlake, especially his John Dortmunder series. As some of you who have been here previously might know, I am participating in the Agatha Christie Reading Challenge and my own personal challenge to read all 14 novels (plus a dozen short stories) in Westlake’s series about the bungling burglar, John Dortmunder. I’ve been a fan of Christie since — it seems like — forever, when my mother introduced me to her works when I was a teenager. As for Westlake, I’m a Johnny-come-lately to the party, thanks to my brother-in-law, Warren, who introduced me to Westlake. Since being introduced to him, Westlake is fast becoming my favorite writer. I can’t get enough of him.
For a sample chapter of one of his novels, Memory, a non-Dortmunder novel, and only recently published, click here.
Random books off my bookshelf
I thought I’d share a few other favorite classics chosen at random from my bookshelf.
Invisible Man by Ralph Ellison (a review I found online by Saul Bellow)
Man’s Search for Meaning by Viktor E. Frankl (excerpts of the book via the PBS series The Question of God)
Mystery and Manners: Occasional Prose by Flannery O’Connor, edited by Sally and Robert Fitzgerald (a review from Joyce Carol Oates)
Ariel by Sylvia Plath (Plath reading one of my favorites from the collection, “Daddy”)
All of Us: The Collected Poems by Raymond Carver (a sampling of his poems from a site called “Heroes of Poetry”)
Brief Introduction (for those of you who may not know me): I am unfinishedperson, one-time author of the now-defunct blog Just A (Reading) Fool. All those posts are merged here, with most of them found under the category of “Books.” Since moving my blog here, I’ve begun a series called Midweek Review where I look back on my reading during the week, sometimes including a book review or other thoughts on readings. I’m still in the process (an ongoing one) to organize my book reviews by author and title to make it easier for readers to find them, but in the meantime, I hope you’ll stop by anyway and leave a comment.