Birds of America - Lorrie Moore
Drown - Junot Diaz
Disgrace - J.M. Cooetze
Sula - Toni Morrison
The Girl in the Flammable Skirt - Aimee Bender
Monkeys - Susan Minot
Interesting Women - Andrea Lee
Reading Like a Writer - Francine Prose
And right now I'm reading "Norwegian Wood" by Haruki Murakami and "A Distant Episode" by Paul Bowles. I've also read quite a few short stories by various people. I just ordered an Anton Chekhov anthology that I'm pretty excited about and "Lunch Poems" by Frank O'Hara.
Birds of America was AMAZING - probably the best book of short stories I have ever read. They're funny, they're quirky, sometimes a little sad and a little random. You will love this book. And maybe you'll wonder, like I am wondering at this moment, how you survived until now without discovering Lorrie Moore.
The others have been great too. I'm really enjoying Norwegian Wood - it has been translated to English from Japanese - the translation is fantastic.
Other than that, I've been writing like crazy this semester and trying to keep my head above water. I finish off the semester in 3 weeks and then I'll begin preparing for the next one...I'm excited to get back to North Carolina. The Warren-Wilson campus is amazing and I'm sure it will look spectacular in the summertime.
Oh, and Boston is finally warm. I worked at TJ's today and people were so PLEASANT! Warm weather can do wonders...
Off to the laundromat with my little pushcart full of dirty clothes now. And yes, it does make me look and feel like a homeless person.