What We’re Reading This Week

Nolan doesn't understand how anyone could ever forget Ben Clayton.


In The Garden of Beasts: Love, Terror and an American Family in Hitler’s Berlin by Erik Larson

“It’s very interesting to read about Nazis as human being who go to parties and diplomatic functions, and to read various people’s first hand accounts of the boogeymen.  It’s also interesting to see the slow progression of a countrychanging from a republic into a dictatorship.




The Leopard by Giuseppe di Lampedusa

“With majestic prose, Lampedusa chronicles the demise of an aristocratic family in the 1860s. I’ve just begun reading it for the next Voyage Out Book Club meeting and it looks to be a beautiful read.

(The Voyage Out Book Club will meet on Sunday, July 31, 5p to discuss The Leopard. All are welcome to join the conversation! You’ll find the book club up on the third floor.)



Remember Ben Clayton by Stephen Harrigan

“I really like this book. It reminds me of Larry McMurtry, it’s that style of Texas literature. It’s really solid, though a little slower than some stories, but the richness of the story and writing make up for it.  All of the characters have great stories.”

(Stephen Harrigan will be here at BookPeople on Thursday, July 28, 7p to speak and sign Remember Ben Clayton. This event, like all BookPeople events, is free and open to the public.)



I Am A Strange Loop by Douglas A. Hofstadter

“This is the follow-up to Godel, Escher, & Bach, which was a bestselling, Pulitzer Prize-winning book for Hofstadter in the 1970s. He talks about the way the human mind and consciousness work by comparing them to algorithms and the way a computer works. It’s a contemplation on what it means to be human and if computers can ever achieve a human-like consiousness.”



A Storm of Swords by George R. R. Martin

“The epic continues!  I read the first two in a month and there’s no pacing myself with this one.  Really looking forward to A Dance with Dragons.

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