I swept up Wallace Stevens' Selected Poems, Katharine Hepburn's The Making of The African Queen (with candid photos of Kate, Bogie, and Bacall), David Sedaris' Naked, Marcel Proust's Remembrance of Things Past, and Zadie Smith's On Beauty.
At the last minute, Oscar Levant's A Smattering of Ignorance joined my choices. I assumed it was by an English author, as the use of the word smattering reminds me of posh London-accented descriptions of complexly flavored main courses.
But, in fact, Oscar Levant is the honestly witty Pittsburgh native behind the piano in An American in Paris, who steals the show from Gene Kelly in multiple scenes. Knowing this, I am most excited to read his book.