Friday, January 7, 2011

Patti Smith's book just came!

No sooner had I finished complaining about the loneliness of life as a writer (deep in the comments), than the door buzzed.

Books! Yea!

I've been pining for my own copy of Patti Smiths' Just Kids since it came out last spring, but too cheap/poor to buy a copy.
(And I've been on book-buying restriction until I move to a more permanent home. I gave away hundreds when I moved to NYC in July.)

But it sometimes pays to be a published writer. I have been very shy about requesting books, but yesterday I asked an editor at Ecco for a copy, and today it arrived. Nice!

Thanks, Matt Weiland.

FYI, you can hear Patti read from Just Kids on NPR.

Max also sent along a bestseller they published, State By State, and a bound galley that looks interesting: Fire Season: Field Notes From a Wilderness Lookout.

They are pitching it as the next Shop Class as Soulcraft, and it's certainly generated great reviews from other authors. Here's one from Philip Gourevitch:
“What a wonderful book. Philip Connors went up to the mountaintop to serve as a lookout—and he has come down with a masterwork of close observation, deep reflection, and hard-won wisdom. This is an unforgettable reckoning with the American land.”
And it's coming from a great editor, who raves about the voice. I'm going to have to find time to read this, too. If only I read faster.

It comes out in early April. Hopefully I can finish by then, so I can recommend it before pub day. (But then when will I finish this amazing Faulkner book I've been reading for two years? Haha.)

Meanwhile, I've only read bits and pieces of Patti's book. She had me from page one—so much so that I had to put it down the first time. I was over my head at that time and knew it would suck me right in.

Now it will be riding the 123 line with me up and down Manhattan for awhile. I'll get a dose every day on my way to and from the gym. Nice contrast, perhaps.

I like the gym. One more reason to look forward to going.

1 comment:

  1. I am also dying to read the Patti Smith book but have a load of books ahead of it in line (currently trying out Tana French and liking her.) Let us know what you think!