From our resident Texans, Pat & Steve, Pat reports some recent purchases...
"I picked up Catch-22 by Joseph Heller, Slaughterhouse Five by Kurt Vonnegut, Lillian Hellman's Pentimento, Peter Matthiessen's Shadow Country, and Alice Munro's Selected Stories at Half Price Books today. (I had on my Phillie Phanatic shirt, and the guy behind the counter grew up near Trenton. He was excited.) I hope I get to most of them read before summer. Father Jim was talking about the first two at Mass; well, he was really talking about a conversation between the two authors, so I thought I'd read them. Catch-22 was our freshman universal reading list at University of Dallas, but I think I had other things on my mind than discussing it that fall. I'm probably the only person in the world who hasn't read Slaughterhouse Five, right?
"Lillian Hellman was right next to Joseph Heller. It looked interesting. And Shadow Country comes highly recommended by my uncle.
"I'm half way through Pope Joan by Donna Woolfolk Cross. It's good. The historical part is interesting. The lifestyle is quite primitive though, as are the punishments and warring—I skip through those parts quickly. I can't read Latin either, so that's an issue, but it's somehow explained in context. The question is out there whether Joan of Ingleheim was pope or not. I haven't gotten that far yet. We might still not know by the end of the book."