The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins
“Once again I find myself reading a genre I don’t normally read- specifically, a mystery. I could not put this book down. I finished it in literally three days. It was like an even better and darker Gone Girl, but instead of exploring a relationship from the perspective of a man and a woman, it explores relationships from the perspectives of three women. The style is structured in short episodes emphasizing reflection – each vignette tells the events of a morning and the evening contemplation of the day’s events. The whole book, you’re waiting for the story-lines to intersect in time and place, as we unravel the mystery of what led to one of their disappearances, and never fear, the characters interact in complex and intriguing ways.” You can find copies of The Girl on the Train on our shelves and via bookpeople.com.
The Scarlet Gospels by Clive Barker
“It’s easily the most accessible thing Clive Barker has ever written. Barker’s British, so his style is very dry, reserved, and gothic, but for this book, he’s changed up his style. This book is Barker’s response to where the Hellraiser series has gone (he directed the film and wrote the story the film was based on). The cool thing about it is, the book pits the hero of Barker’s other film as a director, Pinhead, against the bad guy from the Hellraiser films. I’m almost done – the book is a pretty quick read, and I hope Scott Bakula plays the main character, Harry D’Amour. This book is the ultimate chapter in the Pinhead saga.” The Scarlet Gospels hits the shelves on May 19. Pre-order now.
Trigger Warning by Neil Gaiman
“I’m about 60 pages and four stories in – the book is subtitled “Short Fictions and Disturbances” and each story leaves you with a sense that things aren’t finished; it leaves things open-ended. What I’m really enjoying about it is that I’m reading it out loud with a friend. The language is beautiful (of course; it’s Neil Gaiman) and he’s such a great world builder that even in ten pages you feel immersed in the setting. My favorite thing about it is that we’re reading it out loud, and every story provokes a discussion – the stories are so open-ended, there is a lot of room to talk about what the possibilities are. My favorite story so far is “The Truth is a Cave in the Black Mountains,” which is also available as its own, illustrated volume.” You can find copies of Trigger Warning on our shelves and via bookpeople.com.
The Cold Six Thousand by James Ellroy
“JFK is dead and so is the Twist. Ellroy’s yarn of crime and politics in the 1960s is as subtle as a lion’s roar and stings like bourbon in your eyes. His prose is scaled for maximum economy but swings like jazz. As a noir fanatic, this novel is a treasure: the perfect American Cocktail!” You can find copies of The Cold Six Thousand on our shelves and via bookpeople.com.
The Question of Palestine by Edward Said
“As a Jewish American passionate about social justice, I try to keep up as best I can with current events in Israel and Palestine. Every once in a while, I even dip into the history, convoluted as it may be. Edward Said was the academic rockstar of his time, writing the hugely influential book Orientalism, a devastating critique of Western representations of other cultures through time, that revolutionized comparative literature and helped to open up academic approaches to the study of culture. Edward Said, as a Palestinian-American with many friends in Israel and Palestine, was also responsible for the first major English-language critique of Israeli policies toward Palestinians written by a Palestinian. The Question of Palestine may be outdated in some of its facts (the policies that enraged Said in his day have become increasingly oppressive and entrenched over time) but its fiery critique and eloquent explanations were light-years ahead of its time (the book was published in 1979) and for the student of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, there is no better volume to begin or supplement your study.” You can find copies of The Question of Palestine on our shelves and via bookpeople.com.