and now can't stop thinking about it--Michael Chabon says on his website that he's written an introduction to one of my most favorite childhood books: "I also completed an introduction to a reissue, by NYRB, of one of the most important books of my childhood, that dark and luminous compendium, the D'Aulaires' Norse Gods and Giants, which has somehow, shockingly, gone out of print." This book really was stupendous, I can't wait to get a copy. For some reason I only had D'Aulaires' Greek Myths at home and had to check the Norse Gods one out from the library. Basically I would just renew it week after week and pretend that I really owned it. I'm not surprised MC likes it, you can see that kind of thing in his wonderful novel Summerland. Neil Gaiman's American Gods also surely owes something to the same book, unless he had a totally different compendium of Norse stuff (entirely possible). These are two novels I suddenly have the urge to reread as well, though as with most books I really love, I've given away my copies to people I thought must read them.
The NYRB book reissues really have been excellent. They also republished one of my very favorite novels of all time, a novel I must really have read 20 times, The Fountain Overflows by Rebecca West.