Thank God for the library. With a salute to our much maligned Fulton County, I'm enjoying a spring bouquet of books discovered at the Northside Branch of the Library. Some of the books were apparently purchased through the Friends of the Northside Branch Library, whose monthly book sales are a Buckhead institution.
So, I'm going through Salman Rushdie's "Joseph Anton," David Shields' "How Literature Saved My Life," Phillip Lopate's "Portrait Inside My Head," "Selected Letters of William Styron," Thomas Ricks' "The Generals" and Tracy Kidder and Richard Todd's "Good Prose." The library bounty appears seasonal, tied in with the cycles of budgeting and fiscal years. Still, the Northside Branch library, which has a friendly, helpful staff and accessible computers, does a good job year round keeping a fresh supply of current and notable books.
Those New Yorkers keep piling up as well, as does my Nook shelves. And then I went to Barnes and Noble for the latest Paris Review and London Review of Books, resisting, in my defense, the BBC History magazine and an intriguing article on Henry V, one of my favorite characters. Reading can be like a full-time job.