I hope that real authors who aren’t newspaper reporters aren’t upset that I am giving books away. Candidly, these books are my treasures that must be freed. I don’t own any books that I wish in hindsight I hadn’t purchased or received as gifts. (Those books that I discovered the morning-after that I shouldn’t have purchased have already moved along through the years to the AAUW sales.) So, whether or not you decide to email me at Bobmercer2014@gmail.com with a request for any of titles in this second batch of books I’m offering for free, please consider this almost as a list of recommendations. This second batch covers musicians and artists and editors and Nobel international literati. Just typing each title brings to mind the noun pang. (It’s not a verb, so I really shouldn’t write that it pangs me when I see it used that way.) Regarding the Nobel recipients, I decided about a decade ago to try to read at least one work by as many of them as possible. Their writings opened my mind in many directions.
Music – The Penguin Guide to Jazz on CD, LP & Cassette; Thelonius Monk biography, Robin D.G. Kelley; Miles (Davis) The Autobiograpy.
Art – Portrait of An Artist, A Biography of Georgia O’Keefe, by Laurie Lisle; the Trip, by Deborah Davis (she retraces a cross-country drive by Andy Warhol).
Editors – George, Being George, edited by Nelson W. Aldrich, Jr. (an oral history of George Plimpton, much of it regarding The Paris Review); and Max Perkins, a biography of the editor for Hemingway, Fitzgerald, Wolfe and others, by A. Scott Berg.
Nobel international literature – The Labyrinth of Solitude by Octavio Paz (1990 recipient); Detective Story, and The Pathseeker by Imre Kertesz (2002 recipient); Snow, The Museum of Innocence, The Black Book by Orhan Pamuk (2006 recipient); Palace Walk, Cairo Modern, The Thief and The Dogs, Karnak Café and a three-story collection containing Respective Sir, Wedding Song and The Search, by Nagiub Mahfourz (1988 recipient); The Grapes of Wrath by John Steinbeck (1962 recipient); The Stranger by Albert Camus (1957 recipient); To Have and Have Not by Ernest Hemingway (1954 recipient); and The Sound and The Fury by William Faulkner (1949 recipient).
Some other good international writing: The Curtain by Milan Kundera; There Are Things I Want You To Know About Stieg Larsson and Me by Eva Gabrielson; Scenes of Parisian Life: Fourth Volume by Honore de Balzac; and The Ambassadors, and Washington Square by Henry James.
I received two requests from Yankton and Clear Lake regarding the earlier list of sports books (and none from the chess books list, but rumor is they’re going to find a good home in Rapid City). Same arrangement applies to this second batch: Send me an email telling me what title you want and I’ll mail it to you for free. All I ask in return is that you buy a book at the next AAUW or other used-book sale, or make a small donation to a local charity of your choice (why not the public library?).