What We’re Reading This Week

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ALTHEA

authorityAuthority, Vol. 2 of The Southern Reach Trilogy by Jeff VanderMeer

“I’m reading the Southern Reach Trilogy, by Jeff Vandermeer. I just started the second book in the trilogy, Authority, and I am about fifty pages in. These books should definitely be read as a trilogy. The first book sets the stage, and the second is told from the perspective of a different narrator than the first, which adds a whole extra dimension to what exactly is going on at the Southern Reach, a mysterious organization. The first book follows an expedition sent by the Southern Reach to explore Area X, where the narrator learns that what waits in Area X is not what she expected. The second book follows a man recently appointed to leadership in the Southern Reach who also discovers more exists to Area X than he previously had thought. The author excels at vivid description, so the reader can picture the strange world of Area X well. I’m keeping my fingers crossed that we can go back into Area X in the second book!” You can find copies of Authority on our shelves and via bookpeople.com.

RAUL

city on fireCity on Fire by Garth Risk Hallberg

“I’m about a third of the way through  – the book is about 900 pages long, it’s a monster. City on Fire is the author’s first book and takes place in NYC in the 1970s and so far it takes place over one year. The book includes dysfunctional families, punk rock, young love, and of course, living in New York in the 70s. The novel is very atmospheric, and gives you a real feel for the city and the culture at the time. Hallberg’s writing is able to mimic the emotional and physical states of the characters. You get a vivid picture of the large and small dynamics of the people living in the city – City on Fire is an all-encompassing, sweeping narrative, well-written, with many diverse lines.” City on Fire hits the shelves October 13. Pre-order now!

BRUCE

barcelonaBarcelona by Robert Hughes

“Many in Barcelona would like to form their own country – Catalonia. And once you read Robert Hughes’ artful history of Barcelona you’ll understand why. Plus you’ll be reading the history of the city that produced Modernisme, Gaudi, and Miro through the lens of one of our best art critics, Robert Hughes.” You can order copies of Barcelona via bookpeople.com.

EMILY K.

goblet of fireHarry Potter and the Goblet of Fire by J. K. Rowling

“So far in my Harry Potter reading, Pigwidgeon is my favorite character. He’s so small and spastic, I want one. I’m about half-way through it, which is when the book starts to get darker. Harry Potter and The Prisoner of Azkaban might have more exciting material, but the characters seem more sold and concrete in this one, and there is a lot more time for character development, and you get to explore the side characters more.” You can find copies of Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire on our shelves and via bookpeople.com.

JAN

i have the right to destroy myselfI Have The Right To Destroy Myself by Kim Young-ha

“An unnamed narrator styles himself a god of death, walking the streets of Seoul and approaching people he identifies as suicidal. He tells the story of brothers C and K, who both fall in love with the same woman. But their stories are pale shadows to those of the two suicidal women, Se-yeon (Judith) and Mimi, who journey to self-actualization through their suicides. And a third, unnamed woman reveals the narrator’s very human, rather un-godlike failings.”You can order copies of I Have The Right To Destroy Myself via bookpeople.com.

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