Subscription: Boxwalla Book Box
Cost: $49.99 billed bi-monthly
What to Expect: “We have four interests to choose from. And two ways to explore them. You can either subscribe to multiple interests. OR you can subscribe to one interest and hop between interests.”
“Housed in a beautiful, cream colored handmade box made from tree-free handmade paper.”
Let me just say that Mailbox Junkie is not lying when she talks about the amazingness of this box! I called my boyfriend over to feel it, and I could tell he wanted it…
Some boxes are still available for purchase here!
The first series of book boxes this year, will focus on great, living writers from all over the world. All of them are must-read but not as widely read as they deserve to be. All of them are also prospective Nobel Laureates. But we don’t want to wait till they win. We want to (and want you to) read them now!
On that note, I wanted to mentioned that Nobel Laureate Elie Wiesel passed away today.
The card is eloquently written.
I liked the book-themed washi tape!
Hungary: Peter Nadas’ Book of Memories : $20?? [semi hard to find new, older book, various printings; description from Goodreads]
First published in Hungary in 1986 after a five-year battle with censors, A Book of Memories is both a confessional autobiographical novel and psychological inquest into the repressed nightmares of Europe’s recent past.
The novel revolves around several multilayered, elaborately linked narratives. The first, set against the backdrop of 1970s East Berlin, is that of an emotionally tormented young Hungarian writer who is enmeshed in an amorous triad with a German poet and an aging temperamental actress. The second narrative is a novel the narrator is composing about a turn-of-the-century German aesthete, whose anti-bourgeois transgressions and hypersensitivity mirror those of his creator. A final voice is that of a childhood friend who, after the narrator’s death, offers his own perspective on their friendship and on the events that shaped their lives.
With a hypnotic attention to sensuous detail conveyed in a prose as lush as it is elegantly precise, Peter Nadas’s work is certain to endure both as a brilliant inquiry into the varieties of sexual, artistic, and political passion, and as an important moral expression of the public and private soul of twentieth-century Europe.
I was going to say that having this book with the description including “German aesthete, whose anti-bourgeois transgressions and hypersensitivity” on my shelf would make people think I’m super smart. But, I’m going to tell you a secret: wearing glasses, reading books, and having a college degree have led many people to think I’m super smart.
Now I just have to figure out how to understand and discuss philosophical, political, and multilayered literary content… SO very bourgeois of me to think that, right??
This book sounds quite interesting, but I’ve never read a book this huge [700p], so it may take me a long time. Also, it will be turning 30 this year with me!
Netherlands: Cees Nooteboom’s Lost Paradise : $14 on Amazon [description from Goodreads]
Cees Nooteboom, hailed by A. S. Byatt as “one of the greatest modern novelists,” is one of Holland’s most important authors.
In Lost Paradise, Nooteboom’s most ambitious book yet, he sets out to uncover the connections between two seemingly unrelated travelers: a beautiful stranger aboard a Berlin-bound flight and a haggard-looking man on a Holland train platform. With his fleeting impressions of these encounters, Nooteboom builds a complex, haunting story of longing, regret, and rebirth in the dawn of the new millennium. Alma, a young woman of German descent, leaves her parents’ Sao Paolo home on a hot summer night. Her car engine dies in one of the city’s most dangerous favelas, a mob surrounds her, and she is pulled from the automobile. Not long after, Dutch novelist Erik Zontag is in Perth, Australia, for a literary conference and finds a winged woman curled up in a closet in an empty house. The intersection of their paths illuminates the ways in which the divine touches our lives.
Lost Paradise is an affirmation of our underlying humanity in an increasingly fragmented age, a deeply resonant tale of cosmically thwarted love.
I think I will enjoy this book. I’m hoping this page indicates some snark within.
Nawal El Saadawi’s highly acclaimed feminist novel, Woman at Point Zero, follows the life of Firdaus, an Egyptian peasant girl, from her childhood of incomprehensible cruelty and neglect to her end in a grimy Cairo prison cell. From her earliest memories, Firdaus suffered at the hands of men—first her abusive father, then her violent, much older husband, to finally her deceitful boyfriend-turned-pimp. After a lifetime of abuse, she at last takes drastic action against the males ruling her life. Still as beautiful and cutting as it was when it was first published, this new edition will continue to resonate powerfully with readers for years to come.
This sounds interesting. It is not something I would have chosen myself, but it is fairly short and I am curious to see what I think.
Bloom Bookmark Set and ‘Cobblestones’ card from Obvious State
Picture coming soon. The items were accidentally left out from my box, and Boxwalla kindly agreed to send them!
Verdict: If I can be honest, I was a little worried about getting this box because I was afraid I wouldn’t want to read any of the books. When I’m not reading YA or middle readers [it’s my job now!], I read romantic comedy or dark suspense / murder / mystery books. But fortunately, these all sound interesting! I think I may read one of them after I [finally] finish The Dream Thieves [procrastinating for two months because I don’t want to rush through the series…].
I was surprised how old some of the books were, but I think the fact that they’re not super common is the reason why it works. I personally have heard of none of these, and have already tucked them into my TBR bookshelf and logged them on my Goodreads.
Which book would you snuggle up on the beach or in your bed with?
Disclosure: This box was sent to me for review purposes. Opinions are all my own.