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Re: In the New Yorker...
« Reply #2830 on: August 27, 2021, 11:28:03 am »
I forgot to mention that almost everybody in the store, including me, was wearing a mask.
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Re: In the New Yorker...
« Reply #2831 on: August 27, 2021, 12:20:43 pm »
I went out today to a bookstore that is 10 miles away! Not very environmentally correct of me but it's getting so good bookstores are few and far between. At least I didn't order on Amazon.

Why is this environmentally incorrect?  ???
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Re: In the New Yorker...
« Reply #2832 on: August 27, 2021, 07:56:16 pm »
To get in my car and travel such a long way just to buy a book. I should have taken a bus or a train but public transit is very inadequate where I live.
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Re: In the New Yorker...
« Reply #2833 on: September 01, 2021, 04:00:56 pm »
It's an archival issue this week around the theme of food. I don't mind an archival issue but I've read three of the articles already and remember them.  :-\
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Re: In the New Yorker...
« Reply #2834 on: September 02, 2021, 12:08:53 pm »
I went out today to a bookstore that is 10 miles away! Not very environmentally correct of me but it's getting so good bookstores are few and far between. At least I didn't order on Amazon.

The Tattered Cover is still there, I hope??

I confess to the evil deed of ordering things on Amazon, just because it's so easy. My Kindle hasn't worked with my new wifi, so I haven't ordered anything lately, but I'm getting one of those huge new iPhones in a day or two, which may be big enough to read a book comfortably.

You can also by ebooks from Barnes & Noble. I haven't heard of them doing anything evil.

But another option is to get the digital version from the library. At least a couple of people I know have library memberships in several cities so if a book is popular (as I'm sure that one is, for example, given the good reviews) you can get on numerous waiting lists and borrow it from a library anywhere. As I understand it, at least -- I haven't actually tried it yet.

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I found the book Real Estate by Deborah :Levy, which was reviewed in TNY a couple of weeks ago. Started it and like it well. I forgot I don't usually like autobiographies, but this one seems okay so far. Not too self-absorbed.

I wonder what she considers the difference between autobiography and memoir. Memoirs are among my favorite genres. I don't think of them as self-absorbed; the good ones read like novels that happen to be about real people and their real lives.

I just started reading The Yellow House, a memoir by Sarah M. Broom. It's about her family's house in New Orleans and involves Katrina, so it's especially interesting to me and timely now.

https://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/the-yellow-house-sarah-broom/1129761250?ean=9780802149039

One thing Amazon has over B&N is its "look inside the book" and "send a sample" features.



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Re: In the New Yorker...
« Reply #2835 on: September 02, 2021, 12:36:58 pm »
The Tattered Cover is still there, I hope??
Yes, that's where I went. It has changed hands recently, so everybody is crossing their fingers that it will continue its tradition of excellence.

I wonder what she considers the difference between autobiography and memoir. Memoirs are among my favorite genres. I don't think of them as self-absorbed; the good ones read like novels that happen to be about real people and their real lives.
I think of memoirs as looking back at a life and having perspective. An autobiography I think of as more of a diary.
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Re: In the New Yorker...
« Reply #2836 on: September 02, 2021, 03:23:03 pm »
I think of memoirs as looking back at a life and having perspective. An autobiography I think of as more of a diary.

That makes sense. An autobiography is a full historical account, which best befits a major public figure. I'm trying to think of what ones I've read; I rarely even read biographies. Whereas the subject of a memoir doesn't need to be famous, as it's all about the writing and the particular experience.

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Re: In the New Yorker...
« Reply #2837 on: September 02, 2021, 10:17:00 pm »
Glad the TC is OK for now!

Me, too, though Heaven only knows if I'll ever get there again.  ???
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Re: In the New Yorker...
« Reply #2838 on: September 03, 2021, 01:22:28 pm »
Those really famous bookstores are cool. Powell's in Portland, Prairie Lights in Iowa City, Shakespeare & Co. in NYC. Also City Lights in San Francisco (which I haven't been to).

Minneapolis has bookstores but never the equivalent aside from maybe Louise Erdrich's Birchbark Books. Which I've been to only once -- when interviewing Louise.


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Re: In the New Yorker...
« Reply #2839 on: September 03, 2021, 11:05:15 pm »
Last year, I went to Shakespeare and Company in Paris, just across the Seine from Notre Dame. It was a fun place but I was slightly disappointed because I was hunting for books in French for my grandchildren. All their books are in English! Why go to Paris and buy books in English? At a different bookstore, I got a book on medieval France for my older grandson, a book on ballet for my granddaughter, and a book called "Ou est Charlie?" (exactly like "Where's Waldo?") for my grandson Charile.

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