Sometimes I think I should have a heading called “This is Why It Takes Me so Long to Get My Work Done.” When Doris Lessing passed away recently, marketing sent out a list of her best-selling titles. I should have just posted it but I found myself curious about exactly which books sold the very best.
I figured The Golden Notebook was a no brainer. When I ran a sales report, sure enough it sells head and shoulders among the rest of her canon. The surprise was finding a book I’d never even heard of high up at the top of the list, too. So that led to a little more digging to find out what exactly Prisons We Choose to Live Inside (9780060390778) is about. The book turns out to be a collection of five essays originally delivered in 1985 as part of the Canadian Massey Lecture Series. The cultural topic Lessing chose to address “how to think for ourselves, how to understand what we know, how to pick a path in a world deluged with opinions and information, how to look at our society and ourselves with fresh eyes.” Cool.
More noodling around looking for reviews…. Not so much out there. Some more Googling turns up a nice blog piece by the author Andrew Blackman offering a helpful evaluation with this keynote: “A clear-sighted, well-argued plea for individuality of thought in an age of mass emotions and social conditioning.” Hmm. Given my current black mood about crowd sourcing and the general glorification of the herd, I’m interested. More digging around only to find my local library has de-accessed it and Harper’s out. Guess I’ll have to wait for our 12/2/13 reprint.
It’s an hour later and….Oh yeah, here’s what I was supposed to be doing: Below is list of Lessing’s greatest hits, should you want to check stock:
|9780061582486||The Golden Notebook (deluxe ed.)||18.99|
|9780060931407||The Golden Notebook||16.95|
|9780061673740||The Grass Is Singing||13.99|
|9780060953461||The Grass Is Singing||13.95|
|9780060937553||The Sweetest Dream||14.95|
|9780060926649||Under My Skin||15.95|
|9780060924171||Real Thing, The||13.95|
|9780060930561||Mara and Dann||15.95|