Powell’s in the Rain

What to do on a rainy Sunday in Portland? Well, if it happens to be your anniversary, and it is, feed the meters, then lunch with your husband at your favorite restaurant in the Pearl, followed by browsing the shelves of Powell’s. With all those books beckoning, how could I possibly leave empty handed? I held it down to a mere 4 books this time:

Reading, Writing, and Leaving Home: Life on the Page, by Lynn Freed http://bit.ly/9lehto
–I read this once several years ago, before I started publishing essays and stories of my own, now I’m ready to re-read it. I remember it making me stop and think, as well as being entertainingly written.

Haiku Mind: 108 Poems to Cultivate Awareness & Open Your Heart, by Patrician Donegan http://bit.ly/91hAv1
What particularly appealed to me about this book was that with each haiku is included a paragraph on its background, as well as a brief bio of the writer of the haiku.

Chicken Soup for the Writer’s Soul, by Canfield, Hansen and Gardner http://bit.ly/9Dp6F8
—  I am always interested in what influences people to become writers. I know I followed a circuitous enough path! This volume includes stories by ordinary writers, like myself, as well as many much more well-known, such as Ray Bradbury and George Plimpton.

and last, but not least:

Geary’s Guide to the World’s Great Aphorists, By James Geary http://bit.ly/9tE1cu
I’ve always loved aphorisms, those short and pithy little sound bites that make you stop and think. My favorite aphorist has got to be Oscar Wilde, and I was happy to see he’s included in this book. I discovered a great little interview with author James Geary about this book on NPR: http://bit.ly/d5Cjgv