Yes. I do read fiction for grown-ups on occasion. Haha. I am happy that one of my soulsisters Charlene (a resident of San Bruno) brought me back to my favorite place in San Francisco. And here is my new set of goodies from Green Apple.
Ever since Foucault’s Pendulum and In the Name of the Rose, I’ve always been in love with Umberto Eco. While heavy reading, it is something that my soul craves at times. I’ve heard about The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society for quite a while now (seems to be in the same genre as Sisterhood of Traveling Pants, am I right? I haven’t read the latter too), so might as well give it a whirl. I am also unsure whether Fats has written a review of this that’s why it seems so familiar. With all the books we write about here, I honestly can’t keep track any longer. And at 5 USD, it seems like a fair enough price. The first Marilynne Robinson I read was Housekeeping and I was just blown away by its subtlety. I decided to buy her Winner of the Orange Prize book entitled Home this time around. I am looking forward to reading this.
I’ve always been tickled by Salman Rushdie’s prose. I’ve read rave reviews about his new book Luka and the Fire of Life and while it is not 5 USD (a little more expensive, since it’s hardbound), I know that I can’t let go of it the moment that I found it. His other book The Enchantress of Florence is likewise as promising. Hmm.. If only I could have six months in silence with just these books for company, I know I’d live with just bread, water, and sunshine. When I saw this Daniyal Mueenuddin book, I also felt that I had to get it, primarily because one of our Guest Contributors, Libby Cohen has reviewed it here in GatheringBooks several months back.
After a lovely morning at Green Apple, my friend brought me to de Young Museum where they are currently showcasing original masterpieces from Musee D’Orsay in Paris France until January 2011. How wonderful for me! Since we are not allowed to take photos of the originals, I decided to just buy this thick book so that I can share it with my little one. So yes, I was intimate with Van Gogh’s Starry Starry Night, Renoir’s Young Girls at the Piano, Monet’s Storm (with the wind-whipped rocks according to my audio-guide), Cezanne’s Kitchen Table, Toulouse-Lautrec’s Redhead Bathing and one of my favorites Gauguin’s Portrait of the Artist with The Yellow Christ. So yesterday was truly enriching for me. Great Coffee, lovely conversation with a soulsister, luscious books, and visual feast for the senses. How can I not fall in love with San Francisco?