Tuesday, March 14, 2006

On My Bookshelf

I was bored and playing with my camera on Sunday, and decided to make some photos of my bookshelf. Now I'm thinking it might make an interesting point for discussion ... sort of a virtual bookshelf. I can say from experience, that most Russian families have extensive book collections. I've enjoyed looking at my Russian friends collections, to see what authors and books I recognize. I suppose this allows a chance to return the favor.
Top Shelf - Note the empty bottle of Putinka vodka, kolpaks (Kyrgyz and Uzbek style), little wooden mug for Rostov Veliky all on top of the bookshelf. Books include authors Winston Groom ("When Summers Die", "Gone The Sun"), Philip K. Dick "Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep" and others, Larry Niven, Michael Moorcock "Storm Bringer", Alain-Fournier ("Le Grand Meaulnes aka The Wanderer"), Ray Bradbury ("The October Country", "Farenheit 451", and "Dandelion Wine"), John Varley, George Alec Effinger, Mary Stewart, B.F. Skinner, J.D. Salinger "Franny and Zoie" and "Catcher in the Rye", Alice Walker "Temple of my Familiar", Mark Twain "Puddin' Head Wilson", Owen Wister "The Virginian", thesaurus, John Le Carre "The Tailor of Panama", Poul Anderson, Robert Anton Wilson "The Widows Son", bunch of John Irving, bunch of Kurt Vonnegut, and Walter Van Tilburg Clark. A couple of old Tom Clancy books. I had almost every Michael Crichton book also ... but my son has taken those to read. Most of my sci-fi and fluff are on this shelf. There is also some old photos and some promotional item from a New England Patriots game stashed on this shelf.

Second Shelf - Big heavy books here. Complete annotated illustrated William Shakespeare, large environmental report by your's truly, complete e. e. cummings, Art and Craft of Poetry, Norton Anthology of American Literature (2nd half), Jared Diamond's "Guns, Germs, and Steel", Halberstam's "Education of a Coach", Beginning Russian Reader, Ilf & Petrov "12 Chairs", Ayn Rand "We the Living", E.L. Voynich "The Gadfly", small Russian phrase book, John Irving (again), Leo Tolstoy's "Divine and Human", collection of Mark Twain, more John Irving, Edgar Allan Poe collection, Red Sox vs. Yankees book (gift from Yana).
Third Shelf -Russian Kitchen, Ilf & Petrov "Golden Calf", Consuming Russia, Essentials of Russian Grammar, 501 Russian Verbs, Russkii Yazik (language book stolen from a Russian library by a friend of mine), Russian Fairy Tales, Russian Phrase Book, Oxford Russian-English Dictionary, Boris Pasternak "Doctor Zhivago", Moorehead "The Russian Revolution", Bulgakov "Heart of a Dog" and "The Master and Margarita", New England travel book, Chuck Palahniuk "Survivor", Kobo Abe "Woman in the Dunes", Jack Kerouac "On the Road", Henry Miller "Tropic of Cancer", James Joyce "A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man", Thich Nhat Hahn "Zen Keys", Theodore Roethke poems, Pablo Neruda poems, Eight American Poets, "A Box of Rain" (was a gift and I am guilty in admitting I never read it or who gave it), more Neruda ("20 long poems and a song of dispair"), Anne Sexton poetry, more e. e. cummings poetry, Robert Frost poetry, Jim Morrison "Wilderness", William Faulkner short stories, "The Sound and the Fury", and "Sanctuary", John Updike "S", Four Stories by American Women (Wharton, Gilman, Jewett, Davis), W. Somerset Maugham "Of Human Bondage". Oh yea, Russian Course and 12 Russian Short Stories (another Russian reader) on top of these books.
Fourth Shelf - Cross-country ski books, Philip K. Dick including "A Scanner Darkly", Kurt Vonnegut "Slapstick", "Shrodinger's Cat Trilogy" by Robert Anton Wilson, Margaret Atwood "The Edible Woman", Bertrand Russell "Introduction to Mathematical Philosophy", a book on Tarot (I used to read Tarot cards in college - great way to meet girls), Western Civilization text, more cross-country skiing, "Spain, the Root and the Flower", "The Spaniards" by John Hooper, "The Illuminatus Trilogy" by Robert Anton Wilson and Robert Shea, AMC "White Mountain Guide" (a book of hiking trails in NH's White Mountains), Jean-Paul Sartre "Nausea", Tennessee Williams "Summer and Smoke" and "Suddenly Last Summer", a little journal I kept for a while, "Idiots Guide to Baseball", "Songs of Distant Earth" by Arthur C. Clarke, "The Celestine Prophecies" by James Redfield (waste of time, but I knew a girl who was into that), Gordon Dickson "The Forever Man", and Michael Moorcock.

There is a fifth shelf also, but it is mostly full of old magazines and some kids books. I think I have some old Hardy Boys books there and a large "Atlas of World History" which I refer to sometimes.


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