What a relief! Halfway through Cormac McCarthy’s “All the Pretty Horses” I Googled some online reviews. HA! I’m not the only one in the world that has trouble with run-on sentences, incomplete phrases, lack of punctuation, and indistinct dialogue attribution (forcing backtracks to find out who is speaking…). I don’t mind all the non-translated Spanish, as it lets me work on my second language skills. Others, it appears, aren’t so forgiving. Without question, McCarthy is a great story teller, but it might work much more effectively if he were in the room narrating, putting on different voices for the characters. Perhaps not. I keep thinking – gimmick, like the Artist-Formerly-Known-As-Prince and his language usage (I Would Die 4 U, et al). It is wonderful when an artist can create a masterpiece, but how much better might it be if, instead of using the heel of an old shoe, he worked with a paintbrush? (Overheard at the art gallery: “Can you believe he actually painted that using an old shoe? What talent!)
The heat is on – backyard grills are fired up! You’d be surprised the kinds of masterpieces that can be created outdoors. Need inspiration? Just arrived, a wonderful collection of cookbooks, including Vegetarian Appetizers, 365 Snack, Hors D’Oeuvres & Appetizers, Country Inn Cooking, Muffins, Comfort Food, Blissful Brownies, and many others. They aren’t dedicated to outdoor grilling (muffins are tough to make over the charcoal) but will give you something to read when you run back into the house for a blast of air conditioning. If your part of the country is cooler than an Oklahoma summer, you can sit out next to the grill with one of these titles and plan your next indoor cooking project.
Newly arrived at McHuston Booksellers! Classic literature from some of the great writers of the 19th and 20th Centuries… For Whom the Bell Tolls, by Ernest Hemingway; Harriet Beecher Stowe’s Uncle Tom’s Cabin; Women in Love by D.H. Lawrence; Homer’s The Odyssey; Frankenstein by Mary Shelley; The Brothers Karamazov by Fyodor Dostoyevsky – all in nicely kept used condition. Published a little more recently – Truman Capote’s In Cold Blood, All the Pretty Horses by Cormac McCarthy, Schindler’s List by Thomas Keneally, and Dead and Gone by Andrew Vachss. Certainly not rare or hard to find books, but these and others are especially well-kept and priced to read! Need rare books? We have those, too…plus – our everyday special on mass-market fiction (the smaller paperbacks): Buy three, and the fourth one is free!