What We’re Reading This Week

Meghan, Kid's Book Buyer, with all of the books she's reading before BEA next week.


Elizabeth, our Adult Book Buyer – The Cat’s Table by Michael Ondaatje (author of The English Patient)

“This book comes out in the fall and I think it’s going to be huge. It’s about two boys on a ship to England in the early 1950s. They go through the Indian Ocean, Suez Canal, Mediterannean, exploring the ship and the other characters on it. They wind up seated at the Cat’s Table with a rag-tag bunch of guys. It’s like Life of Pi, only with people and fewer talking tigers.”

(Note: This is the UK cover. The US cover isn’t available yet.)


Tarun, our (beloved and essential) IT guy – The Wind Up Bird Chronicle by Haruki Murakami

“I think this book is brilliant and surprisingly challenging. A Japanese take on magical realism and surrealism.”


Meghan, our Kid’s Book Buyer – The Wikkeling by Steven Arnston

“The world in this book is super controlled and contained. All dangers have been carefully eradicated. But when three children discover a wild housecat that isn’t supposed to exist, they uncover a dark and intriguing world of secrets hidden behind their city’s carefully constructed facade. So far I’m finding the book quirky, creepy and distinctive. It comes out in June.”


Jamie, Master Bookseller – Moneyball by Michael Lewis

“I’m thirty pages in. I wouldn’t have expected to like a book about baseball the way I like this book. I was interested in how they turned it into a movie, and reading it now I can understand why someone would want to make a movie out of it. He’s a charismatic writer.”


Julie, Event Director – The Use and Abuse of Literature by Marjorie Garber

“This book reads like an English Lit class with the kind of professor you’d want to sit down and have coffee with afterward. Garber is skilled at bringing the vast history of literature down to digestible chunks. There’s a lot to think about page to page, not only about how and why we read literature but how the larger cultural opinion of literature has evolved over the centuries and how our own opinion of its importance in our lives has been influenced. Good, book nerd sort of stuff.”

One thought on “What We’re Reading This Week

  1. When DOESN’T Meghan’s desk look like that? 🙂
    THE CAT’S TABLE is outstanding, by the way. Definitely going to be a big fall book that everyone should read.

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