If you hang out in bookshops, chances are you’ve spotted the bite-size books Penguin has been releasing for the past three years. It started with the Little Black Classics, a collection of £1 short seminal works and extracts, all published with the same recognizable black cover. The success of this format led to the addition of 46 new titles to the series a few months later, and this year, to the introduction of a brand new collection, more radical in content: the Penguin Modern series.
Future Home of the Living God was published on Friday in the UK, and although I’ve already reviewed the book, I still would like to mark its release in my adoptive country. It’s not difficult to find which approach to take in this second post, because as any fan will tell you, there’s only one thing that’s as exciting as new material: the coverage of new material. Yes baby, it’s new press time.
Now, Louise Erdrich not being Taylor Swift, there’s only a limited number of articles to choose from to build a round-up. Among this limited number of articles, I’m only picking interviews, because, well, I’m a sucker for Erdrich’s words. Here’s my Future Home Interview Round-up.
Down the TBR Hole is a meme created by Lia on her blog Lost in a Story. The idea is to clear up your ever-expanding TBR list by following this procedure: on your Goodreads profile, arrange your To-Read books by date added in ascending order, and then go through the list 5 to 10 books at a time, deciding which book you should keep and which you should discard. Repeat the process until you reach the end of the list.
This is supposed to be a weekly meme, but I’m taking a more relaxed approach. You can read my first post here, and below are the next 5 books on my TBR list.
I review my non-fiction books 3 at time, and since they’re not usually connected, in the order I’ve read them. The three latest ones, however, ended up forming a little narrative arc in my head as I reflected on them, so I will follow this train of thought to tell you about them.
Warning: this review contains minor spoilers.
I’m currently engaged in a crazy project to read and review most of Louise Erdrich’s books in order of publication, and so today I should be blogging about her 1986 novel The Beet Queen. She just published a new book however, and I can’t be expected to follow a reading list when there’s a brand new Louise Erdrich novel in existence. Below are my thoughts on Future Home of the Living God, published today in the US.
Warning: This review contains spoilers.
The second book in my Louise Erdrich Project is Love Medicine, her most famous novel, and the one that’s considered a modern classic. It tells the story of two Ojibwe families, the Kashpaws and the Lamartines, over three generations. I see it as a sort of roadmap to Erdrich’s world, since it introduces the North Dakota reservation that will become her default backdrop, and many characters who will appear in her later novels. But it’s obviously a lot more than that.
I am a non-native speaker of English who writes in English. This means I write from a strange sort of distance that I’m always trying to close to make a point. At the same time, this distance can work to my advantage – when I want to evade criticism. You see, if I use English poorly, it can’t be my fault: I’m not a native speaker. Convenient, uh? Only this time, when I read George Orwell’s discussion of bad writing in Politics and the English Language, I felt like I no longer had an excuse. I faced my weaknesses as a little scribbler, and wrote a few recommendations for myself. This is my Orwell-inspired writing advice to myself as a non-native speaker of English.