Tote Bag Tuesday: 03.27.2012

By Zara D. Garcia-Alvarez

It’s perfect weather for some more books!

No, the Bibliotaphe’s Closet is never too full! Not for my liking anyway. Though I highly suspect the dimensions of the closet are going to need a renovation soon. (Thank goodness for walk-in closets and bigger budgets!)

Let’s see what’s in my tote bag this week:


The Lightning Keeper by Starling Lawrence

This is a story of a recent immigrant and gifted inventor named Toma Pekocević who designs a revolutionary turbine while working with Harriet Bigelow, with whom he has an immediate and overwhelming attraction. Unfortunately, every circumstance is against them, having fallen on hard times. Toma is determined to win her back, “setting the stage for a confrontation that could change not only his life, but the course of scientific progress.”

THE LIGHTNING KEEPER by Starling Lawrence. A Washington Post Best Book of the Year 2006.


The Shadow of the Wind by Carlos Ruiz Zafón

From the book (only because it’s too gorgeous a description that should be shared):
Barcelona, 1945: a city slowly heals from its war wounds, and Daniel, an antiquarian book dealer’s son who mourns the loss of his mother, finds solace in a mysterious book entitled, THE SHADOW OF THE WIND, by one Julián Carax. But when he sets out to find the author’s other works, he makes a shocking discovery: someone has been systematically destroying every copy of every book Carax has written. In fact, Daniel may have the last of Carax’s book in existence. Soon Daniel’s seemingly innocent quest opens a door into one of Barcelona’s darkest secrets—an epic story of murder, madness, and doomed love.

THE SHADOW OF THE WIND by Carlos Ruiz Zafón

Based on that description alone, I HAVE TO READ this book! If you get to it before I do, please let me know what you think.


Blizzard of One by Mark Strand

This book is the winner of the 1999 Pulitzer Prize in poetry and an extraordinary collection of subtle and simultaneously stark poems. I originally took a look at it in a bookstore and then couldn’t put it down that I actually finished it in one sitting. (Sitting on the floor.) I had planned to browse its pages, take in a “taste” of its language to see if it was worthy of its Pulitzer title. Instead a page turn became another and very quickly. I bought it on the spot.



A Student of Weather by Elizabeth Hay

A man appears out of a blizzard and alters the lives of two sisters and a rivalry that sets the stage in a narrative spanning over 30 years, beginning in Saskatchewan, Ottawa, to New York City.



Books I won:

Imagine by Jonah Lehrer

Imagine is filled with real life examples of how creativity works, how we can measure imagination, and how our understanding of imagination as an “impenetrable biological gift” has caused us to cling to a series of myths about what creativity is and where it comes from.

IMAGINE by Jonah Lehrer


I won this book from Penguin on Twitter when asked to tweet how and when I feel most creative…


Do you notice pathetic fallacy when you’re reading a book? Which one?

How and when do you feel most creative?


Zara Alexis

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