What We’re Reading This Week


The Sixth Extinction: An Unnatural History by Elizabeth Kolbert

“This book is beautifully written and really interesting. I’m at the beginning of the book, so it’s mostly about the history behind the science and concepts of paleontology, extinction, etc. It’s incredibly fascinating. To paraphrase Jon Stewart and an interview he did with Kolbert, there just is no silver lining. We really are killing everything. I’m glad this book is doing so well, and a lot of people are aware of it and aware of what we’re doing to the planet.”


Looking for Alaska by John Green
for the Required Reading Revisited Book Club on Sun, Apr 13 at 5PM

John Green is ridiculously good. Looking for Alaska is his first book, and people shouldn’t be allowed to write this well when they’re just starting out. He finds this way to make characters engaging in a way that makes you care about these people even though they’re teens (I didn’t even like teenagers when I was one!) With this book in particular, I love the way that its structured with a mysterious countdown at the top of every chapter. You’re just sitting in anticipation to find out what big thing is going to happen that changes this kid’s life forever.”

A 10% discount on the purchase of Looking for Alaska is given to all those who are attending the book club meeting.


Vanya, Sonia, Masha & Spike – Christopher Durang

Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike won a Tony award for best play. It’s this blending of Chekhov & Durang’s modern play-writing. It has hints of melancholy like you’d find in Chekhov’s works mixed with modern quirks that just make this play truly funny. It walks the line between humor and the secret pain that most families carry around. It’s especially great if you think of the original cast as you read it. They’re getting ready to perform it here in Austin, so you can read it and then see it on the stage.”


Thunderstruck & Other Stories by Elizabeth McCracken
will be at BookPeople on Tues, Apr 22 at 7PM

“McCracken explores the unexpected avenues of loss in this absorbing new collection. What I love about McCracken is knowing that the characters I meet on her pages will never be typical. I come again and again to the little girl dressed as Patrick Henry; a room full of budgies to replace a prodigal son; the emotional terrain of traumatized librarians. The ways we deal with absence are at the heart of each story and its haunting characters. McCracken’s humor brings levity to this unique, memorable collection.”

Thunderstruck & Other Stories hits our shelves Tues, April 22nd. Elizabeth McCracken will be here at BookPeople the evening of April 22 reading from & signing the collection. Join us!


Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s