What We’re Reading This Week

Michael would show you a copy of the book he's reading, but he's pretty sure that all blogs everywhere are just thin cover-ups for alien transmissions from outerspace, and he doesn't want the aliens to know what he's reading because then they'll come in the middle of the night disguised as government officials and steal his book. Oh dear, he's running out of the buliding now in fear that he's already said too much. He'll be back, though. He forgot his tin foil helmet.


Lean on Pete by Willy Vlautin

“I love it so far. I found it on Powell’s site where it was a staff recommendation. He’s a local author for them.  There are great reviews on the back. Normally I don’t pay too much attention to those, but these were really impressive, so I picked it up.  It turns out he’s in a band, Richmond Fontaine.  The book is about a teenage boy whose father is totally absent and who leaves him at home with no food.  The boy’s taken up a job with a low-life horse racer cleaning stalls and doing odd jobs for food money.  It takes place in the Pacific Northwest and there are lots of really beautiful descriptions of the scenery. I’m very excited about it because I’d never heard of this author before and I feel as if I might be discovering somebody.”



This Isn’t What It Looks Like by Pseudonymous Bosch

“I’m reading the series again to get ready for the next book, and for our big Pseudonymous Bosch Lit Camp Oct 1-2.  More time travel hi-jinks with the Terces Society, getting to the bottom of what the secret in the series really is. We’re so close and yest so far away from it!”

*In addition to the P. Bosch Lit Camp, we’ll also host an in-store event with Pseudonymous Bosch that is free and open to the public on Sunday, October 2nd, 4pm.



Holy Ghost Girl by Donna Johnson

“I just started this and it’s incredible so far. I’m learning a whole lot about tent revivals which I didn’t know before.  The author’s mom ends up going to one of these giant revivals, you know, thirty foot poles holding up tents with thousands of people who are there to get “Healed!”  Her mom gets wrapped up in it all when Donna Johnson is three years old, and winds up hooking up with the main preacher and becoming one of the families that travels with him.  I can tell it will be heart-wrenching by the time I get to the end. I think it’s going to be a bestseller when it comes out in October.”

*Donna Johnson will be here at BookPeople speaking about her experience and signing copies of Holy Ghost Girl on Wednesday October 26, 7pm.



Among the Truthers by Jonathan Kay

“I’m about halfway through.  It gives a fairly reasonable analysis of modern conspiracy theories and why they exist. He interviews a lot of conspiracy theorists.  It would be fairly convincing, if it wasn’t such an obvious conspiracy set up to debunk conspiracy theories.”





The Hawkline Monster by Richard Brautigan

“If Richard Brautigan is worth fifty honest men, then an honest man needs a better point of view.”

2 thoughts on “What We’re Reading This Week

  1. carolyn, if you enjoy lean on pete that much you should go back and read the motel life. kester gave it to me a few years back and it is a carver-esque punch in the heart. for musical accompaniment, richmond fontaine’s the fitzgerald is the record that’s most similar in tone to willy’s novels. one of my desert island records.

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