By Caitlin Kelly
I’ve never been someone who likes online shopping which the pandemic has forced most of us into.
New York State now has one of the U.S.’s lowest rates of infection, so some retail stores are now open again as long as everyone is masked and usually limited to three people in a store at once.
On a recent short break upstate, thanks to two very good bookstores in Woodstock, NY, I splurged on fourteen new books, the largest such purchase I’ve made in many years:
From left to right, top row…
A collection of essays by an Irish writer whose work I don’t know at all.
A novel by the British author Alan Hollinghurst, whose Line of Beauty is one of my favorite books.
How to Write a Book Proposal — since I have done nothing at all on two book ideas I keep talking about and never working on.
A collection of essays by Rebecca Solnit who seems to get rave reviews from everyone and who I have never read.
Have heard great things about Lanier’s book — and as someone who spends a lot of time on Twitter, very curious to read this.
All my Facebook friends — many of them fellow writers — raved about this when I posted the photo of Beryl Markham’s book.
bottom row, left to right:
Another much-praised novel.
Don’t know this Norwegian’s work at all!
Time to explore New York state much more locally since almost no other country will let us in right now.
Lab Girl is a science memoir — as I’ve recently been interviewing scientists for a variety of stories, this seemed timely.
Have no idea about this book at all!
Big Magic is a book about creativity and I can always use a boost of inspiration.
That last book was staring out at me on a display and simply looked lovely.
All The Light You Cannot See, a novel by Anthony Doerr (liked it)
A Gentleman in Moscow, Amor Towles (loved it)
Daily Rituals, How Artists Work
Keep it Moving!, Twyla Tharp