NYRB Reading Week - Update

It's Wednesday and we're smack in the middle of the NYRB Reading Week! Thank you all to have participated. Honey and I have consolidated the reviews we have so far. The list is below. Please let us know if we've missed your review and leave a link in the comment section.

Here's the list of NYRB reviews from Nov. 7 to 10:

November 7
The Bear That Wasn't by Frank Tashlin reviewed at Gathering Books
Poison Penmanship: the gentle art of muckraking by Jessica Mitford reviewed at I Prefer Reading
Asleep in the Sun by Adolfo Boy Casares reviewed at Kyusi Reader
The Unknown Masterpiece by Honore de Balzac  litstuff
The Rider on the White Horse by Theodor Storm reviewed at   Lizzy's Literary Life

November 8 
Stoner by John Williams reviewed by William Rycroft  (written prior to NYRB Reading Week)
Witch Grass by  Raymond Queneau reviewed at Letters and Sodas
The Stray Dog Cabaret: A Book of Russian Poems reviewed by Soliony
The Book of Ebenezer le Page by GB Edwards reviewed by William Rycroft (written prior to NYRB Reading Week)
After Claude by Iris Owens reviewed by Nicole
Unknown Masterpieces: Writers Rediscover Literature's Hidden Classics reviewed by Nathalie Foy
The Man Who Lost His Head by Robert McCloskey reviewed at Gathering Books

November 9 
Summer Will Show by Sylvia Townsend Warner reviewed by Carol Wallace
An Episode of Sparrows by Rumer Godden reviewed at Gathering Books
We Think The World Of You by J.R. Ackerley reviewed by Ingrid Norton
Skylark by Dezso Kosztolanyi reviewed at My Porch
Nightmare Alley by William Lindsay Gresham reviewed at Sasha and the Silverfish
The Mountain Lion by Jean Stafford reviewed by William Rycroft
Skylark by Dezso Kosztolanyi reviewed by Nicole
Don't Look Now by Daphne Du Maurier reviewed at The Literary Stew
Skylark by Dezso Kosztolanyi reviewed at Coffeespoons

November 10 
Great Granny Webster by Caroline Blackwood reviewed by Carol Wallace
Poem Strip by Dino Buzzati reviewed by Fleur Fisher
Victorine by Maude Hutchins reviewed at Magnificent Octopus
A Month in the Country by J.L. Carr reviewed at Nonsuch Book
The Dud Avocado by Elaine Dundy reviewed at My Porch
The Summer Book by Tove Jansson reviewed at Gathering Books
The Stalin Front by Gert Ledig reviewed at in lieu of a field guide
The Invention of Morel by Adolfo Boy Casares reviewed by William Rycroft (written prior to NYRB Reading Week)

*Also, please check out Thomas at My Porch's blog for interesting posts on NYRB covers and his favorite NYRB books so far.

Some updates:
For our photo contest, please sign up at Honey's blog, Coffeespoons and leave a link to your photograph. The winner of the photography contest will get a chance to win the book No Tomorrow by Vivant Denon. As we mentioned before, we'll also be giving out prizes for the best reviewers as chosen by Honey and I. The rest will get a chance to win either:
The Wedding of Zein by Tayeb Salih or
Soul of Wood by Jakov Lind.

If you already own either of these books then please leave a comment below saying which book you'd rather win. If we don't hear from you, we'll assume you're ok with winning either one. You can click on the titles to get a synopsis of each book at our sponsor's website, Fully Booked. The list of winners will be announced on Tuesday, November 16.

And if you've just heard about NYRB Reading Week, it's still not too late to join. Just grab an NYRB book, read it by the 13th of November and write a review.


  1. Thanks for the roundup! I will be around to check out the ones I missed. Just posted my first for the week - A Month in the Country by J.L. Carr. Thanks again for hosting!

  2. Sick of me yet?! Here's another link to a previous NYRB Classics review. This time it is the startlingly original The Invention of Morel by Adolfo Bioy Casares:


  3. I'm copying the estimable William Rycroft by posting a previously written review:



  4. My TBR pile is growing dramatically. I've only read one NYRB - The Dud Avocado - and loved it. I feel like there are so many more titles that I would love.

  5. I'm back to see what new great reviews are up for me to check out!

    Please note that the author of Victorine (which I wrote about the othEr day) is Maude Hutchins (the book isn't even a little bit Hungarian :). Thanks!

  6. Hello Mrs. B, this is our 5th post for this week in GatheringBooks - the classic chapter book Jenny Goes to Sea, Story and Pictures by Esther Averill =)

  7. Sorry I forgot to place the link, not very alert in the morning, apparently: http://gatheringbooks.wordpress.com/2010/11/11/nyrb-reading-week-jenny-goes-to-sea-story-and-pictures-by-esther-averill/

  8. Here is my review of Alien Hearts from Club Balzac


  9. Not exactly a review -- my Top Ten list of NYRBs. Ten mini-reviews, plus an honorable mention!


    Cheers and thanks again for doing this Reading Week.

  10. Here's another review for you. Three Bedrooms In Manhattan by George Simenon


  11. I have a new one up about Mistress Masham's Repose: http://4mothers1blog.wordpress.com/2010/11/12/mistress-mashams-repose-by-t-h-white/#comment-1296

  12. I just put up my review of Cassandra at the Wedding!


  13. Excellent idea... thanks for the links to all these great reviews.

    Here's my review of John Wyndham's The Chrysalids, one of the few sci-fi works in the NYRB classics series.

  14. Hi Mrs B, we have our 7th post in GatheringBooks up now with a James Thurber Special (2-in-1 book review) - The Wonderful O and The 13 Clocks as illustrated by Marc Simont. Here's the link: http://gatheringbooks.wordpress.com/2010/11/13/nyrb-reading-week-a-2in1-special-james-thurber’s-the-13-clocks-and-the-wonderful-o-as-illustrated-by-marc-simont/

  15. Another NYRB read, just in time for the final roundup.


  16. Another NYRB read, just in time for the final roundup.


  17. And finally, taking my cue from Willam, here's a link something I reviewed previously:

    The Snows of Yesteryear- Gregor von Rezzori


    I have really enjoyed this week. Can we do it again sometime?

  18. Ok, last one I promise: The Queue by Vladimir Sorokin


    Well done for doing this. It's been fascinating to read reviews of books I've already read and to have my attention drawn to titles that are new to me.

  19. I've added a competition to see us out ....


  20. Final post for the week, our 8th in GatheringBooks for NYRB Reading Week, the timeless children's classic written and illustrated by Norman Lindsay, The Magic Pudding, nearly a hundred years old, this book never fails to make anyone who reads it laugh out loud (truly LOL moments right there): http://gatheringbooks.wordpress.com/2010/11/13/nyrb-reading-week-the-magic-pudding-written-and-illustrated-by-norman-lindsay/

  21. My last one, squeezed in under the wire:

    I think it should be annual!

  22. Have just posted my review of Wish Her Safe At Home! Thanks! Can't wait to check out the other contributions, and get some more NYRB recommendations.



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