Blogger Book Love: Rebecca from Oh So RB

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It’s Friday, and what better way to celebrate than with another installment of Blogger Book Love? Today we are super lucky to have the recommendations of Rebecca from Oh So RB. When I asked Rebecca to contribute her thoughts to this series, I knew that she has great taste and a spot-on aesthetic sensibility. What I didn’t know is that when she’s not sharing her gorgeous wedding, craft and decor inspiration, she’s a literary scholar and a poet in her own right! So get out those Amazon wishlists everyone—we have an expert reader in our midst, and boy does she know her stuff!

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Mark Doty, Still Life with Oysters and Lemons–Part memoir, part meditation, Doty’s book is about falling in love–with a painting, that is. If you have a special affection for the objects of the world, as many of us design bloggers do, this book is for you.

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Jhumpa Lahiri, Interpreter of Maladies–I have never read short stories that moved me as Lahiri’s have. It would be so hard to pick a favorite but I’m a big fan of “When Mr. Pirzada Came to Dine” and “This Blessed House.” Every sensory detail, every character–this is a book to cherish. When I’m looking for a gift for a friend, I reach for this book.

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Robert McCloskey, Blueberries for Sal–Out of print and a classic, Sal is one of my very favorite children’s books. Inspired by the story, I still have my own little blueberry-picking bucket from when I was small. This story makes me so sentimental for those summer days I’ve spent in Maine….

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Elaine Scarry, Dreaming by the Book–Scarry is a brilliant writer. She weaves the most poetic theory on the page–a book to truly absorbed by. As a dedicated gardener, her descriptions of flowers are some of the finest I’ve read.

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John Ashbery, Selected Poems–Ashbery writes in his poem “Meaningful Love,” “I was offered no urgent dreaming,/didn’t need a name or anything./Everything was taken care of.” This is the beautiful irony of his poems: what at first appears cliche, common, ordinary–including love–is made sophisticated in Ashbery’s hand. His is some of my favorite music.

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Thanks so much to Rebecca from Oh So RB for her suggestions. What an amazing selection of books for the readers on your holiday gift list! I have such fond memories of ‘Blueberries for Sal’ and for McCloskey’s other works for children. And I’ve not read much Ashbery, but that which I remember is truly breathtaking. Looks like I’ve found my airport reading for the trip to visit the ‘rents!

Be sure to tune in later today for an especially sumptuous post that I’ve been saving to carry us into the weekend, and in the meantime catch up on our previous installments of Blogger Book Love.
And have a happy Friday!

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6 Responses to “Blogger Book Love: Rebecca from Oh So RB”

  1. juliette c. Says:

    Thank you Rebecca for sharing with us your book love. Knowing somthing more intimate about the most influencing bloggers is such a precious donation. It makes us feel nearer to them.

  2. Jackie Says:

    Rebecca’s blog is one of my favorites. I love this book series because when faced with “What to read next?” the endless options overwhelm me to the point of indecision. Now I’m just going to start picking from these lists!

  3. Rachel Says:

    I already own (and love) a couple of these, and I am immediately putting the rest on my wish list! Great taste. This series of posts makes me so happy, Anne.

  4. jess@thehomebound Says:

    Interesting…I’ll have to check that first Doty book out. Oh, and her blog too. Thanks for sharing!

  5. Georgia Says:

    hi, sweet Anne. i have been away from everything—my blogs, everyone’s blogs—and i have missed them. glad to be back.
    i thought i would just make a quick stop over at yours before we head into the week.
    although i have not read any of these books, i am so captivated by the book covers! i’ve designed two book covers, so when i see interesting covers, it really catches my eye!
    even if no one ever read any of the books you post about, it’s worth it just to see the great covers!
    well, i hope your weekend was grand! i’ll see you around. 🙂

  6. Courtney Says:

    Blueberries for Sal is such a classic, and, as always, I have greatly enjoyed reading another blogger’s book loves. Thanks Rebecca for sharing yours with us.

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