Book Culture’s Staff Picks

February 29, 2008 at 4:27 pm Leave a comment

event-photos-009.jpgHere’s a Friday afternoon treat from our bookshelf to yours. With the last of rush deconstruction well underway, we’ve finally had a chance to update our staff picks reading shelf. Maybe you’ll find something of interest among the titles that our booksellers are currently recommending:

Bastard Out of Carolina by Dorothy Allison: “This is an intense read about a child living in poverty and struggling with sexual abuse. While superficially a novel, it is really a memoir of the author’s childhood.” – Robert

The Bush Tragedy by Jacob Weisberg: “Instead of simply enumerating failures, Weisberg digs into family history (through blood ties and chosen family to ask, how did he (and we) get here?” – Adam

Dead Souls, by Nickoli Gogol: “Great translation, nicely captures Gogol’s wit.” – Nathan

Ellington Boulevard: A Novel in A-Flat by Adam Langer: “If you live or work in the neighborhood, you may enjoy the story that unfolds around an apartment on 106th Street. Lots of references to local landmarks.”– Kelly

Native Speaker by Change Rae Lee: “Two things I love about this book: the form and the content.” – Christopher

Neverwhere by Neil Gaiman: “Beyond being a brilliant and descriptive writer, Gaiman evokes memories of Alice in Wonderland in this modern fantasy novel. – Peter

Masochism: Coldness and Cruelty & Venus in Furs by Gilles Deleuze – Massi

The Master and Margarita by Mikhail Bulgakov: “It is imaginative and creative. I really enjoyed reading it.” – Hannah

Pale Fire by Vladimir Nabokov: “First lines of Canto One: ‘I was the shadow of the waxwing slain, By the false azure in the window pane.'” – Laura

The Thin Place by Kathyrn Davis: “She is smart and cool. In the book, you get to inhabit a whole town and in some chapters find out the thoughts of its animals – otters and dogs.” – Sam

Tractatus Logico-Philosophicus by Ludwig Wittgenstein: ‘5.1361 …superstition, is the belief in the casual nexus.’ – Jeffrey

whilewe.gifWhile We Were Out by Ho Baek Lee: ” A simple, charming story of a rabbit who has a blast when home alone. Beautifully illustrated.” – Annie

The World Without Us by Alan Weisman: “This book is all about very interesting questions: what would the subway system look like a day after we left? What would become of our skyscrapers? our pets? our trash? How long would the world take to find equilibrium, after us?” – Adam

A few more recommendations were snatched up by customers soon after they landed on the shelf: The last two copies of Yvonne’s original suggestion, The Smaller Majority by Piotr Naskrecki, were purchased, as was Annie’s first recommendation, Als ich ein kleiner junge war by Erich Kastner. Bansky’s Wall and Piece and a copy of a Post Secret collection have made their way up there as replacements in recent days.

If you’re interested in any of these titles, you can buy them online or at the store — if we happen to be out of stock, we can surely order a copy for you. We’ll report back in a month or so with a whole new set of staff picks.


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