Kitchen Confidential by Anthony Bourdain
“I just finished re-reading this last night. I’m on an Anthony Bourdain kick. He’s just so dreamy. The first time I read his stuff, he completely revolutionized how I felt about food and eating and what that can mean. He’s like the Hunter S. Thompson of food writing. I love him.”
Children of Paranoia by Trevor Shane (available Sept 2011)
“This is very suspenseful. There’s a war going on that most people don’t know about. There are two rules in the war: no killing bystanders, and no killing people under 18. You don’t learn about the war until you’re 16. The main guy has to make some very hard choices when he meets a girl in Canada. I’m enjoying it. It’s pretty violent. It’s a different swing on the apocalyptic novel.
The Shallows: What the Internet is Doing to Our Brains by Nicholas Carr
I absolutely LOVED the chapter on the book, its past and its future. This book is very, very interesting. It’s about the way the internet affects our ability to concentrate. Instead of deep reading we’re now reading in brief snippets. The fact that it’s taking me a while to get through this book shows you what the internet’s doing to our brains. Carr also goes into how each technological invention has revolutionized things, starting with the printing press. He has some really interesting things to say about how we read print books versus e-books. It’s fascinating.”
Brave New World by Aldous Huxley
“It’s pretty sexist. Very interesting, though. Definitely a good book, but sexist, although it was written in 1932, so it shouldn’t be so surprising.
The Sun Also Rises by Ernest Hemingway
“I’m only ten pages in so far, but I’m very excited to be reading this. It’s my first Hemingway novel. I read his short story collection Men Without Women and it sparked my interest.”
Nolan not only recommends great art, he makes it, too – three of his paintings are currently hanging in the cafe here in BookPeople. Come check them out! They’re up through the end of the month.
The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern (Available October 2011)
“Since so many people have liked this book, I wanted to see what it’s about. I think this could be a good adult-teen crossover book. I’m sixty-five pages into it and it seems like a beautiful fantasy. I can see fans of Steampunk even getting into this. I think it has a wide appeal and a lot of people will like it a lot.”