Xmas Loot 2015.

It’s been a long couple of days, good but tiring, so I’ll just list the books I got:

The Art of Subtext by Charles Baxter

The Cambridge Companion to Nabokov

Beatlebone by Kevin Barry

The Philosophy of Beards by Thomas S. Gowing

What Every Russian Knows (and You Don’t) by Olga Fedina

The Time Regulation Institute by Ahmet Hamdi Tanpinar

The Martian by Andy Weir

A Failed Empire: The Soviet Union in the Cold War from Stalin to Gorbachev by Vladislav M. Zubok

Ancillary Mercy by Ann Leckie

Collected Short Stories: Volume 3 by W. Somerset Maugham

Map: Exploring the World by Victoria Clarke

Cloud Atlas: A Novel by David Mitchell

The Struggle for the Eurasian Borderlands: From the Rise of Early Modern Empires to the End of the First World War by Alfred J. Rieber

My thanks to all the generous givers, and I hope that all my readers who celebrate Christmas had as good a one as I did!

Addendum. A couple more entries:

Remainder by Tom McCarthy

Le langage et son double by Julien Green


  1. Finally got all those books linked! I’d like to give a special shout-out to my wife for getting me that splendid map book, which any lover of cartography should get a look at if they can.

  2. Philosophy of Beards sounds fun, I am curious about the illustrations. I was thinking the other day that moustache/beard sayings would make a fun book too.

  3. It is fun. But it’s frustrating that so little is known about the author; through diligent googling I was able to find his death date, which I added to his LibraryThing page, but his birth seems lost in the mists of time.

  4. As someone who, a long time ago, tried and failed miserably to grow a beard worthy of the name, I think I will have to stay away from that book for fear of damaging my self-esteem.

  5. marie-lucie says

    I think I am going to try to find the map book.

  6. You’ll like the fact that they include Native American (as well as other indigenous) cartography.

  7. marie-lucie says

    More and more appealing!

  8. So, when are you gonna get to that subtext? I wanna know, dammit, how one would go about doing that — you know, sub-texting. Provided Charles Baxter isn’t a lot hipper than I’d thought, and sub-texting isn’t something whose essence the denizens of Silicon are competing to best capture in an app, I’m thinking he could help me to, in the more subtle and even intimate moments of my marriage, pick up what Robin’s (been) putting down (likely for some time), if you follow me, as well as help me to put down such that she’ll have no trouble picking up, if you follow me further.

  9. It’s just about text messaging on submarines, I’m afraid. No marital aids.

  10. More succinct and funny, huh? Allow me to sub-text: *grumble* . . . *grumble* . . . *grumble* . . ..

  11. I found the map book on Bookfinder well enough, but it was $50, well above my self-imposed limit of $10.

  12. I have a generous wife. But wait a while, there are bound to be used copies eventually.

  13. I found the map book on Bookfinder well enough, but it was $50, well above my self-imposed limit of $10.

    Amazon now lists it for $19.37, with “57 Used from $8.70.”

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