Sunday, May 27, 2012

In My Mailbox (17)

In My Mailbox is hosted by Kristi at The Story Siren.

I'm doing an IMM this week because, well, I can. I get to tell everyone about the awesome new crap I bought and that's always fun for me. It solves my buyer's remorse. Plus I get to talk about Mark "Mother F*ckin" Twain.


I've been craving short stories like crazy recently. A local non-chain bookstore had the following titles on sale this week: Crimes in Southern Indiana, Lying in Bed, and Mending: New and Selected Stories. I think it's because I sat down and went over a few favorites from Salinger's Nine Stories that prompted my need to drive across town and purchase them.

Up next I have Jonathan Frazen's How to Be Alone: Essays. Yes, Franzen is a jerk, but he's a good writer. I look forward to sitting down and reading these next weekend.

Up next is MARK "MOTHER F*CKIN'" TWAIN. I remember wanting to buy a copy of Punch, Brothers, Punch: The Comic Mark Twain Reader when it first came out, but I didn't have the money. Low and behold I'm strolling through Half-Priced Books and there is is for $2.99.

For those of you who are not aware: Mark Twain is one of my favorite writers. He's a master satirist and I put him on the same level as Jonathan Swift. The collection includes short stories, letters he wrote, and various other articles. 

I think my obsession with Twain started when I saw an episode of The Next Generation as a kid. In it Picard & Co travel back in time and meet him. I recently rewatched those two episodes on Netflix and the actor who played Twain did such a fantastic job that anyone else who has portrayed him on screen hasn't come close to this performance. 

Also, there's this scene that has always stuck with me:


Say what you want, but Mark "Mother F*ckin'" Twain continues to be relevant today. I even heard there's some new movies coming out based on his books... like that hasn't been done before.

Lastly, I got This Lullaby, which is the only Sarah Dessen novel I do not have. I thought I got it last time, but apparently I didn't. So I made a special trip back to Half-Priced just to get this one.

20 comments:

  1. I haven't heard of these but i'll be looking into them!

    Letterbox Love!

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    1. If you haven't read any Sarah Dessen yet I highly recommend her.

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  2. This Lullaby is a great one! Anything by Sarah Dessen is! :)
    I see you're currently reading "Thirteen Reasons Why"...isn't it SOOOOO good???!! That is such a beautiful book!!

    Here's my IMM:
    http://romancebookie.blogspot.com/2012/05/imm-6.html

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    1. I haven't started it. I'm kind of stuck on Shade right now, I plan to start 13 Reason's later today. It's how I'm spending my weekend.

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  3. I love Mark Twain, sometimes I think he was a little ahead of his times. Hemingway has some pretty awesome short stories as well, if you need future recs.

    I like when authors show up in pop culture. There is an episode of Doctor Who (the 9th doctor) where he goes back in time and meets Charles Dickens. There's also ghost/zombie type things; it's all kinds of awesome.

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    1. Very. It's why I find that The Next Generation episode so fascinating.

      I am very aware of Hemingway but not read up on him. I've read two of his books, but not recently. The man left his fortune to his cat, so I plan to learn more about him in the future.

      I remember that! There's also a scene in the TNG episode where Mark Twain convinces a young bell hop to go to Alaska and write a book. The bell hop's name? Jack London.

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  4. So many people enjoy Sarah Dessen's books. I myself have never read one .

    You seem to have gotten a great haul this week ^_^ Happy Reading.

    Maura @ Monster of Books

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  5. This Lullaby is one of my favorite Dessen books! I haven't read anything from Mark Twain yet, but I do plan to some day!


    Check out what I got here: http://marielovesbooks.blogspot.com/2012/05/books-beauty-2.html!

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  6. I've read all of Sarah Dessen's books and This Lullaby is definitely one of my favorite's. I hope you enjoy it too!

    Julia @ That Hapa Chick

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  7. This Lullaby is absolutely amazing!!!! Enjoy! New follower! Check out what I got this week!

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    1. Hey thanks for following!

      I heard This Lullaby is a favorite of everyone, so I'm looking forward to it.

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  8. Someone told me Crimes in Southern Indiana is really, really good.

    Geez, you weren't joking with the short stories, were you? Mercy.

    I like Mark Twain too, although obviously not as much as you. I like that his stuff and his words are always so quoted. This is completely unrelated to the IMM but my favorite is "Now and then we had a hope that if we lived and were good, God would permit us to be pirates." Or something like that.

    I'm sure you will love all of these!

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    1. This is completely random but I went over and picked it up and noticed that I bought a copy signed by the author. I'm about 20 minutes from Indiana, that's why I bought it, not that I've actually heard of it.

      You got the quote right.

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  9. New follower! I have several Sarah Dessen books on my shelves and I have yet to read any of them yet. Sigh...so many books, so little time. This Lullaby is one of the ones on my shelf. Here is my IMM if you'd like to follow back: http://theonceandfuturelibrarian.blogspot.com/2012/05/stocking-shelves-18.html

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    1. I'm slowly working my way through all of her work. It's so great to find a new author I like, because it's getting rarer and rarer.

      Of course, at the rate I'm going I might run out of her books to read way too soon.

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  10. I really need to read some Sarah Dessen for summer, I can't believe I haven't already :/. Great haul and I love your blog name :).

    My Showcase Sunday

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    1. Thank you! Everyone needs to read Sarah Dessen. EVERYONE.

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