First New Books of 2012

If this pile is any indication, I am in for a very glamorous year indeed!
From the top:




Francis Steegmuller's Cocteau - I have a long-lasting Cocteau obsession. And I'm in good company - I happen to know that Australia's legendary queen of style Maggie Tabberer is also a Cocteau-o-phile. This is the book being read by the dying lover in Angels in America.

Arthur King Peters' Jean Cocteau & Andre Gide - Two of my favourites! All I will ever really need to read. And books about Gide with other people is a favourite obscure genre of mine. His book of argumentative letters with Paul Claudel is an absolute classic.

Julie Saul's Jean Cocteau: The Mirror and the Mask - Lots of gorgeous pictures of M. Cocteau!

Donald F. Reuter's Greetings from the Gayborhood - Retro images from the golden age of Gay.

RuPaul's Workin' It! - RuPaul manages to combine self-help, camp and ole' time religion, and I can't get enough of the delicious mix.

Deborah Devonshire's Counting My Chickens - Signed by the Duchess herself, the last surviving Mitford. This is actually a certifiable treasure. A very generous gift from writer Rosamund Burton.

Christian George's Sacred Travels - I am very interested, obviously, in the subjects of pilgrimage and sacred travel. So I thought I'd check this one out.

Russell Wild's Uncles - I want to be the best Uncle ever, so I am always looking out for tips. Love you Ivy & Jonah!

Christian Lander's Whiter Shades of Pale - Lander's deliciously non-PC humour is always spot-on. It hurts because it's true.

Brian L. Weiss' Mirrors of Time - One of my resolutions this year is to commit to some serious meditation practice. This comes with a guided meditation CD which I am gonna try out.

Tilar J. Mazzeo's The Secret of Chanel No. 5 - Damn camp, but hey, why live a lie? I adore perfume.

Doreen Virtue's Saved By An Angel - Stories of supernatural intervention always cause a shiver up my spine, and I am always a sucker for a good angel story. F*** you sceptics :-)

Carolyn Bernstein's The Migraine Brain - Another of my resolutions is to explore other ways of dealing with my headaches other than swallowing vast quantities of pills. Good to find out what the hell is wrong with my head.

Karl Marlantes' Matterhorn - Did I ever tell you I hate war books? But my professional and personal interest in Vietnam means I have read an unexpected number of them. This is meant to be a masterpiece, though, and he seems like a fascinating man.

Karen Armstrong's Twelve Steps to a Compassionate Life - Karen Armstrong is one of my sheroes, and I am just busting to get started on t his one.

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