Two weeks worth this time, I was in Portland for nearly a week, so I didn’t post a New Arrivals last week. Here are the things I got before and during that trip, and a few that came after I got home. Portland means a visit to Powell’s, a truly great bookstore, and it wasn’t the only bookstore I visited. Plus a book or two came in the mail, and a few CDs. Here they are, with – as always – covers first, descriptions after.
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Kitchen Confidential and A Cook’s Tour by Anthony Bourdain – omnibus of two Bourdain books [Bloomsbury Books 2004 trade paperback, new copy] – non-fiction, autobiography, Bourdain’s first two books about his “adventures” as a chef and in television. I like his brutal sense of humor.
Bridges of Portland by Ray Bottenberg [Images of America, 1998 trade paper, new] – visual history – I like this series of books of historic photographs on a particular topic, in this case the many bridges of Portland. I bought another book (see below) for more detail.
Symphonies 1 – 4, Cello Concerto by C.P.E. Bach – The English Concert [Harmonia Mundi CD, new] – classical music – I had some other concertos by J.S. Bach’s son, but decided to pick up this on-sale CD of the symphonies 1-4. I find Baroque music soothing.
The Film Music of William Alwyn – all selections arraigned by Christopher Palmer – Chandos Movies series [Chandos Digital CD, London Symphony Orchestra, William Hickox, new] – film music – another of the fine Chandos film music compilations, this one with music from ‘Odd Man Out’ (1946), ‘The History of Mr. Polly’ (1949), ‘The Fallen Idol’ (1948), ‘The Rake’s Progress’ (1945) – I like Alwyn’s incidental music and symphonies, and this film music shows range and inventiveness.
The Film Music of Ron Goodwin – Chandos Movies series [Chandos Digital CD, BBC Philharmonic, Rumon Gamba, new] – film music – another of the fine Chandos film music compilations, this one with music from ‘633 Squadron’, ‘Frenzy’, ‘Lancelot and Guinevere’, ‘Deadly Strangers’, ‘Battle of Britian’, ‘The Trap’, Submarine X-1′, Operation Crossbow’ and others. With this many films excerpted, there is less of each, a short suite or main theme. Not all are favorites, but there is interesting listening throughout.
Frontier Stories, Volume 3 by Louis L’Amour [Bantam hardcover, new] – western short story collection – Bantam has published several volumes in the Louis L’Amour short story set, with more on the way. This is the 3rd, which I found on sale in Portland, and yes, the dust jacket is a little scrunched but I am straightening it.
Here and Now by Jimmy Free – new age violin & keyboard music by an interesting man I heard playing while in Portland and bought the CD.
Portland: People, Politics and Power by Jewel Lansing [Oregon State University Press, 2003 trade paper, new] – regional history – we like Portland and have been visiting for vacations for a while and I thought it was time to learn more of it’s past. This one is highly detailed, perhaps too much so for the average reader interested in an overview. Plenty of politics!
The Adventures of Dodge Dalton: In the Shadow of Falcon’s Wings by Sean Ellis [Seven Realms Publishing, 2010 hardcover, new] – adventure fiction – first in a new series by the author of Shroud of Heaven. Recently reviewed by James Reasoner.
Symphony of Psalms, Symphony in C, Symphony in 3 Movements by Igor Stravinski – Chicago Symphony Orchestra and Chorus, Sir Georg Solti – classical music – I had two of these pieces in other recordings, but wanted these particular 1993 and 1997 performances, originally released on Decca Records.
Ten Thousand Blunt Instruments by Philip Wylie, edited by Bill Pronzini [Crippen & Landru 2010 hardcover, new] – mystery short story collection – the latest of C&L’s Lost Classics series of short story collections.
I Was Told There’d Be Cake by Sloane Crosley [Riverhead Books 2008 trade paper, used] – this collection of autobiographical essays is engaging, touching, funny. I read it as soon as I bought it (at Powell’s, in Portland) and enjoyed every one of them.