The Latest Acquisitions at the Biblioteca Rose

Books aren’t easy to come by in Michoacán, so we have to depend upon the kindness of others to schlep our Amazon purchases here during the odd months we’re not making a trip northward.

The Texans arrived this evening, delivering my latest summer reading:

On Borrowed Words: A Memoir of Language by Ilan Stavans

Spanglish: The Making of a New American Language by Ilan Stavans

San Sombrero: A Land of Carnivals, Cocktails and Coups (Jetlag Travel Guide) by
Santo Cilauro

Long After Midnight at the Niño Bien: A Yanqui’s Missteps in Argentina by Brian Winter

Smile When You’re Lying: Confessions of a Rogue Travel Writer by Chuck Thompson

Last Evenings on Earth by Roberto Bolano

The Nasty Bits: Collected Varietal Cuts, Usable Trim, Scraps, and Bones by Anthony Bourdain

Then We Came to the End: A Novel by Joshua Ferris

Last Harvest: From Cornfield to New Town: Real Estate Development from George Washington to the Builders of the Twenty-First Century, and Why We Live in Houses Anyway by Witold Rybczynski

Bryson’s Dictionary for Writers and Editors by Bill Bryson

The Disappearance: A Novella and Stories by Ilan Stavans

The South Beach Diet Supercharged: Faster Weight Loss and Better Health for Life by Arthur Agatston

Kissing the Virgin’s Mouth: A Novel by Donna M. Gershten

Next month’s shipment is already waiting for me in Florida:

The Official Filthy Rich Handbook by Christopher Tennant

First Stop in the New World by David Lida

The Love Song of J. Edgar Hoover by Kinky Friedman

Jimi Hendrix Turns Eighty by Tim Sandlin

Digging to America by Anne Tyler

Paula by Isabel Allende

Uniforms: Why We Are What We Wear by Paul Fussell

Meanwhile Back at the Ranch : A Novel  by Kinky Friedman

The Naked Tourist: In Search of Adventure and Beauty in the Age of the Airport Mall by Lawrence Osborne

The Essential Ilan Stavans by Ilan Stavans

Dictionary Days by Ilan Stavans

Miscellaneous: An Artist’s Notebook by Charles Patterson


5 comments on “The Latest Acquisitions at the Biblioteca Rose

  1. Deb says:

    Smile While You’re Lying and First Stop in the New World also on my current must buy/must read list, along with God’s Middle Finger by Richard Grant. Love your list.


  2. I find books quite easy to come by. Order them from Amazon or Powells or, my latest and cheapest find, BetterWorld Books (Google it), and have them shipped to one´s PO box in Mexico. There is no tax on books, though they might ignore that law if the book box is quite big. Keep them smallish.
    One does have a PO box, doesn´t one?


  3. This one has no PO box, because the mailman delivers directly to my door, even ringing the bell to announce his arrival.
    Amazon’s shipping charges to Mexico are rather high, don’t you think? I want my free super-saver shipping! In fact, given the quantity that I buy from Amazon, I think it should give me even more. Wait. I could end up with something as worthless as S&H Green stamps.


  4. BetterWorld Books has a huge selection of new and used books. They charge a flat shipping fee to Mexico of $2.97 per book. Best deal going.


  5. muy contento says:

    A pretty large variety is available in google books, gratis of course. I have been surprised at what I have found there. If you can adjust to reading on your monitor. Can’t curl up in bed with them.


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