The book meme

I told christa she could “tag me”: because I already knew I wanted to do this one.

1. How many books I own:

18 shelves worth. This is the best measurement I can come up with.

2. The last book I bought:

I bought two at once: “Eastern Standard Tribe” and “Someone comes to town, Someone leaves town”, both by Cory Doctorow.

3. The last book I read:

“Eastern Standard Tribe”. I haven’t finished “Someone comes to town, Someone leaves town”, and I’m not sure I will.

4. -Five- Six books that mean a lot to me:

“Harriet the Spy” by Louise Fitzhugh. My all time favorite book. This book is the source of many things for me: my tomboy side; my love of converse; my love of carrying about gadgets; my love of New York; possibly even the fact that i have many guy friends (as Harriet’s best friend was a guy). When I walk over to work on the westy, baggy jeans, sneaks, backpack full of tools, I _am_ Harriet.

“The Amazing True Story of a Teenage Single Mom” by Katherine Arnoldi. Written by the mother of one of my best friends in high school, the title says it all. And it is a true story.

“Through the Flower: My Struggle As a Woman Artist” by Judy Chicago. I have probably said this before on my blog, but reading about what women were like in the 70’s from the point of view of a feminist artist is very informative for those of us who weren’t really around then. She took girls who were trained since birth to have no work ethic and taught them that they could use tools and meet deadlines.

“The Enchanted Broccoli Forest” by Mollie Katzen. My introduction to vegetarian cooking. I also taught myself how to bake bread using the instructions in this book, as well as make pasta from scratch. For many years, this was the only cookbook I owned. Everything about it is comforting and nice, from the way every single letter is handwritten, to her friendly writing style and charming line drawings. Plus, of course, the high dairy fat content of her recipes 🙂

“The Diary of Virginia Woolf” (Vols 1&2)

“Angry Women” by Vickie Vale and Andrea Juno. A gift from Jonathan. My introduction to Diamanda Galas, Annie Sprinkle and Susie Bright. I also later got to see Carolee Schneeman’s film “Fuses”, which is documented in this book. It’s an amazing film. They’ve got a copy of it on 16mm over at Duke, or at least they did.

And hey, if I loaned you my copy of Angry Women, I think I want it back now.

5. Five people I