Thursday, March 01, 2007
Books - LPO finds
I made two trips to the Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra Book Fair. On the first trip, I didn't find anything. On the second day, I bought three books.
One is really beat-up, but it has nice illustrations, so that will be for altered books projects.
I have read other books by the late James Michener. He reseached his topics well and even lived in the area for awhile to have the feel of the place.
Mr. Michener spent the last years of his life in Austin, TX, where a graduate level, creative writing program is named in his honor!
The last one of his that I read was Poland. It followed two families through various centuries in Poland's history. Every section ended with the serf, Jan, going back to his miserable existence after going off to war or some sort of adventure with the lord of the manor.
Caravan involves looking for a lost U.S. citizen in 1946 Afganistan, before the Partition of India. The inside-cover map shows places where the U.S. & U.K. troops are stationed today, like Kabul and Jalalabad.
The LPO volunteers also slipped a bookmark, advertising the next sale. Bad temptation.
I also bought a book about kissing, originally published in 1932 and republished in 1988. I wanted my young co-worker to have a good laugh about the advice. Well, she showed it to a friend, who took it from her. Now, my co-worker has to go fight for MY book. The content is now campy today.
When I get it back, I will share some of the insights!