Boxing Days And Booky Undertakings
THE FRANTIC "TOING AND FROING" OF CHRISTMAS DAY HAS PASSED, AND THE WEATHER ON THIS DAY OF BOXING AND R'eCHAUFF'e culinary offerings promises to be cold and snow. When I pulled the draperies open a while ago, skies were deep sooty gray, and the village wore a glossy patina of jeweled ice - every lingering rosehip in the garden was a work of glistening art. Walking is sure to be a treacherous undertaking, and there is a fairly good chance that I will go posterior over tea kettle at the drop of a hat today if I venture forth (thus undoing all my surgeon's good work), so this is a good day to stay indoors and lounge about with several pots of tea and a good book.

I never need an excuse to park comfortably with a book and pot of tea, and the post Yule booky interval is a tradition of long and cherished standing. After the frantic exertions of Christmas, I am settling in happily for the remains of the holiday interval with a lovely great tottering stack of books, all of them already read (at least once) and all of them much loved. That carefully assembled heap of old friends will keep me amused for the rest of the winter, and the list below, by no means, includes all the dear companions who will find their way to the library table in the days and weeks ahead, but it is a start. There are at least three camera manuals to be added some time today, books on geology, forestry, astronomy, mythology and folklore. Perhaps a good word for this week's Friday ramble would be hibernation. Emulating the bears of the Lanark Highlands on such a wild, cold (brrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrr) and snowy day seems like a plan.


Coyote Cowgirl, Kim Antieau

The Church of the Old Mermaids, Kim Antieau

Tamsin, Peter Beagle

The Folk of the Air, Peter Beagle

The Hummingbird Wizard (3 volumes), Meredith Blevins

The Mists of Avalon, Marian Zimmer Bradley

The Dark is Rising (sequence), Susan Cooper

Little Big, John Crowley

City of Dark Magic, Magnus Flyte

Moonwise, Greer Gilman

Winter's Tale, Mark Helprin

The Greenstone Grail (trilogy), Amanda Hemingway

Ysabel, Guy Gavriel Kay

A Distant Kingdom, Paul Kearney

The Beekeeper's Apprentice (series), Laurie R. King

The River Midnight, Lilian Nattel

Divine Circle of Ladies (series), Dolores Stewart Riccio

Prospero's Cell (trilogy) Jan Siegel

Mr. Penumbra's 24-Hour Bookstore, Robin Sloan

The Fifth Sacred Thing, Starhawk

Eagle of the Ninth (sequence), Rosemary Sutcliff

The Woodwife, Terri Windling


A Hundred Names for Love, Diane Ackerman,

Dawn Light, Diane Ackerman

Deep Play, Diane Ackerman

The Spell of the Sensuous, David Abram

Becoming Animal, David Abram

Sacred Silence, Jean Arp

The Tree of Meaning, Robert Bringhurst

Everywhere Being Is Dancing, Robert Bringhurst

Beyond the Blue Horizon, E.C. Krupp

Skywatchers, Shamans and Kings, E.C. Krupp

The Zen of Creativity, John Daido Loori,

Odysseys, Freeman Patterson

Shadowlight, Freeman Patterson

Ordinarily Sacred, Linda Sexson

Finding Beauty in a Broken World, Terry Tempest Williams