Thursday, February 5, 2009

Books Coming Out Of My Ears

I probably just need to stop reading emails and looking at my Page-a-Day Calendar because I'm getting way too many recommendations for great books. Like this one: Important Artifacts and Personal Property from the Collection of Lenore Dooland and Harold Morris, Including Books, Street Fashion, and Jewelry by Leanne Shapton. Check out what Very Short List wrote about it:

"Important Artifacts . . . from the Collection of Lenore Doolan and Harold Morris may look like an everyday auction catalog. But the auction itself is a literary conceit: What this book-type object really does is show us the trajectory of a failed four-year relationship — by showing us the physical detritus that two (fictional) lovers leave in their wake.

"Conceived and executed by the director of the New York Times Op-Ed page, Leanne Shapton, the story concerns Lenore Doolan (a food writer for the Times) and Hal Morris (a photographer). Doolan appears to have been a clever and adoring girlfriend, who showered the often-absent Morris with confetti-packed envelopes (LOT 1126) and lavender pajamas (LOT 1061). Morris, who had commitment issues and a drinking problem, expressed himself via mixtapes (LOTS 1276 and 1044). What finally drove them apart? Each of the 331 lots provides another piece of the puzzle. Yes, breaking up is hard to do, but reading about it has never been so pleasurable."
Doesn't that sound like a fantastic premise? Looking at the "pieces of a relationship" that are left behind. Plus, judging the book based on the VSL summary, it sounds like I'll be in for good snarky reading with this one. Yeah!

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