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 Today I stumbled upon A Transatlantic Love Affair, a collection of Simone de Beauvoir's letters to Nelso Algren, a mid-Westerner. She's writing in English, at first hesitantly, and then more assuredly. I somehow thought it was appropriate for me to read this right now...

Meanwhile, I'm also reading the following books:

Julian Barnes, Before She Met Me - have read this before, but had the sudden urge to re-read, possibly because his autobiography has just come out.

AJ Jacobs - The Know-It-All - silly book in which the author reads the Encyclopaedia Britannica from cover to cover and makes some trivial remarks along the way. 

F. Scott Fitzgerald - This Side of Paradise - I loved The Great Gatsby, so picked this up in New York. I put it down a couple of weeks ago though, and it's looking increasingly like I've abandoned it in favour of other temptations. The pastiche style was making it a bit hard to persevere.

Ilan Pappe - The Ethnic Cleansing of Palestine - recommend to me by a Palestinian, a relative of a well-known historian. Following an unfortunate episode with a glass of red wine, the book is now stained from cover to cover, making it a little difficult to read.

Miranda July - No One Belongs Here More than You - loved her film Me and You and Everyone We Know, read about this collection of short stories somewhere. Just checked out her website mirandajuly.com, it's a little...intimidating.

Gabriel Garcia Marquez - Memoria de mis Putas Tristes (SP) - read this quickly in English, now laboriously trawling through it in Spanish and diligently looking up every unfamiliar word.

Amélie Nothomb - Antechrista (FR) - I'm not technically reading this, but annotating it with vocabulary to send to a friend.

That's definitely too many books to be reading at once. Next time, I'll update with the books I read in 2007, and possibly 2006.

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