It was really books on Saturday, as I am consumed with babysitting my friend Kit’s two cats, my friend Cat’s cat and dog and taking my usual good care of Connor.
But I did manage to stop by the Book Thing and pick up some goodies. First up: Not really a book per se, but Knitting to Go, a little box of cards with lots of small knitting projects that don’t take a lot of time. I actually knit, so this will be a good excuse to whip up some presents for the upcoming holidays.I was very surprised to find Losing Mum & Pup by Christopher Buckley, the very recent memoir of his famous parents, Pat and William F. Buckley. After all of the great reviews, I am looking forward to reading this book.From the sublime to the ridiculous, Rupert Everett’s autobiography, Red Carpets and Other Banana Skins, ought to be a couple of laughs. As the Guardian says “bad behaviour makes good copy” as I am sure!I found a small book of Toulouse Lautrec’s artworks, along with descriptions of the history of each piece. Since I studied art history, this will be like another art history class for me. For more social pursuits, I picked up the Crane’s Blue Book of Stationery, which has suggestions for all sorts of social letters. I am pretty sure they don’t address how to respond to an e-vite. The foreword is by Stanley Marcus of Neiman Marcus fame. Last but not least are two books that I will use as resources. One is hundreds of decorative designs and ornaments, which I will use in my digital artwork. Books like this are always good to scan and use over and over again. The other is Grand Illusions, about painting effects. Now before you throw up, I know faux effects are sooo over, but I thought I might pick up some tips and techniques with this book. It will probably go back to Book Thing next week, but I can spare 10 minutes to glance through it.As usual, a couple of good books and some marginal. But since they’re all free, who cares?