Loosen those sandals, shake out that blanket, unwrap that gluten-free snack, stretch out and crack open a – book…
Camille is still reading Americanah, by Nigerian author Ngozi Adiche, but she couldn’t wait to recommend what she describes as “modern-day Jane Austen: a lush love-story, astute insight into social conventions, with a satiric edge.”
Non Fiction Paperback
Erica finds Rain: A Natural and Cultural History, by Cynthia Barnett, oh so refreshing a read. What could be better in the middle of a SoCal summer day?
For Liz, the five volumes of Karl Ove Knausgaard’s My Struggle are her five favorite books of their released year(s).”I love these books so much I began learning Norwegian and took a trip to Norway.”
Heather suggests Naomi Klein’s This Changes Everything: Capitalism vs The Climate for those who’d like to read about the acidification of the ocean while lying beside it. A surprisingly hopeful synthesis of politics, economics, ethics and a paean to the beauty we still inhabit.
We were WAY delighted to have Walter Mosley visit us and sign books one recent afternoon. Our co-owner Bert says read anything and everything by this man. In Charcoal Joe, Ezekiel “Easy” Rawlins finds his life in transition picking up where his last adventures in Rose Gold left off in L.A. in the late 1960s.
Our co-owner Darryl divulges: “Every time another European spy thriller by Alan Furst comes out I quickly wolf it down like a sinful mousse chocolat.” 1941. Paris, the City of Light is silent and dark at night. Mathieu, leader of a small band in the French Resistance, helps downed British airmen escape.
Our Summer Bestsellers
Maggie Nelson’s The Argonauts: A firsthand account of the complexities and joys of (queer) family-making. Plenty of customers agree that this genre-bending memoir and its fresh, timely thinking about the limitations and possibilities of love is fierce and engaging.
Curtis Sittenfeld’s Eligible: Catch up with Jane Austen’s Bennet family in the 21st century whilst traveling the social circles of contemporary Cincinnati. Hilarity abounds while still giving Austen’s themes of gender, class, courtship and family a bracing good work-out.
This first novel by Emma Cline is receiving stellar reviews for its extraordinarily precise and gorgeous writing and “unparalleled eye for the intricacies of girlhood” (Lena Dunham). Filtered through the lens of some of sunny California’s darker history.
All the rage, and deservedly so, this coming-of-age story lands the young heroine in the kitchen of one of New York’s celebrated restaurants and thrust into the nightlife and city streets that educate both her senses and sensibilities. A book you can taste. And want to savor.
Don’t walk down that alley! Don’t accept that invitation to enter that iron door, no matter how good it feels. Oh wait, you’re on the beach! Whew. So, yes, enjoy a reality-warping new vision of the haunted house story—as only David Mitchell, the author of Cloud Atlas and The Bone Clocks could imagine it.
Young Adult Fiction Hardcover
Kill the Boy Band: Audacious girl fans, at-loose musicians, inadvertent kidnapping, what could go wrong? Goldy Moldavsky’s entertaining, anti-fanfiction manifesto is hopping off the shelves with the younger set.
We con’t stop raving about Find a Way by Diana Nyad, our neighbor and friend –and the greatest long-distance swimmer in the world — but we’ll let Hillary say it: “When you’re facing big challenges in your life, you can think about Diana Nyad getting attacked by the lethal sting of box jellyfishes. And nearly anything else seems doable in comparison.”
Off the Beaten Path
Graphic Novel Hardcover
Just as a taste of madeleine cake dipped in tea opens up a world of memories to Proust’s protagonist (and so begins In Search of Lost Time) so too, can the reader dip into this graphic novel version, by Stéphane Heuet and Marcel Proust, of Swann’s Way, and in this single compressed flash, intuit the complete work. Stroll in the dunes and turn the pages.
For The Kids
Middle Reader Fiction
Kate DiCamillo’s Raymie Nightingale: A life-changing summer friendship blossoms between three contestants in the Little Miss Central Florida Tire Competition as Raymie tries to get her Dad to come back home.
Middle Reader Fiction
Spaced Out, by Stuart Gibbs, great friend of Chevalier’s and one of our most beloved local authors, with an ever growing national reputation for his excellent, prolific contributions. The young detective Dashiell Gibson, living on the first moon base, must solve the mystery of the missing Moonie, Nina. Oh – and the fate of the human race is at stake!