My last post was about the paper books I'm not taking with me. Now the hard part - figuring out which books are going along! This isn't that big a deal, I'll check back in here in two months so I can bring more along later. This is all fun decision making compared to the other important stuff that I can get too anxious over.
So far I have three that will definitely make the list. (I say this now, four days before my flight.) But I also have a pile of 27 books to go through and I'm betting a few of those I can't resist. Because that always happens when I'm packing. (In the past I've had to pay airlines extra for over-weight suitcases thanks to book weight.)The first two I've already blogged about here (in January) - both are new enough for me to want to read now.
A Woman of No Character: An Autobiography of Mrs. Manley
by Fidelis Morgan
Making the Mummies Dance: Inside the Metropolitan Museum of Art
by Thomas Hoving
Americans in Paris: Life and Death Under Nazi Occupation
by Charles Glass
This was a $1.50 thrift store find, and I've set it aside as a travel book for months. It's paperback and thus lighter, which helps. Contents aren't exactly what I'd call cheerful though, so I may waffle over it.
So far out of the larger stack of books these are the ones jostling for attention. And at the moment I can't at all decide.
Platypus: The Extraordinary Story of How a Curious Creature Baffled the World
by Ann Moyal
I am always there for anything dealing with natural history and Australia. There's so much delightful weirdness there.
Emily Post: Daughter of the Gilded Age, Mistress of American Manners
by Laura Claridge
Wikipedia: Emily Post. One of the many books you'll see me gravitate to on my never-ending quest to read more women's history.
The Disastrous Life of Mrs. Georgina Weldon
by Brian Thompson
Oddly Booklikes has the book titled A Monkey Among Crocodiles: The Disasterous Life of Mrs. Georgina Weldon - which is not the edition I have. Hmm. Wikipedia: Georgina Weldon.
Gellhorn: A Twentieth-Century Life
by: Caroline Moorehead
Wikipedia: Martha Gellhorn. I've been saying "I need to read you" to this book for way too long.
The Big Picture: Money and Power in Hollywood
by: Edward Jay Epstein
How the profits are actually made in the film industry, and how that's changed over time. Which is really difficult stuff to research since not all of the data is ever available to the public. I've not read this one all the way through because it's been something I've used bits of for classes.