What We’re Reading This Week

Bethany looks into the Neil Stephenson future to see what it holds for us all.
Bethany looks into the Neil Stephenson future to see what it holds for us all.

BETHANY

snow crashSnow Crash by Neil Stephenson

“I’ve been meaning to pick up this sci-fi classic for years, so I’m glad that Neal Stephenson’s upcoming event inspired me to finally read it now. Although I’m probably not the ideal target audience (never having been into computers, car chases, OR graphic novels, which this was originally envisioned as), I find myself loving it so far. Stephenson creates a fascinating world in which the U.S. government has crumbled and its former territory is ruled by big business franchises in an anarcho-capitalist dystopia where daily life leaves so much to be desired that people use avatars to visit a virtual reality known as the Metaverse. As a mysterious virus crashes hackers in the Metaverse AND in Reality, our Hero Protagonist must both cut off the heads of his enemies and thoroughly research Sumerian mythology to stop it. This one will suck you in!” You can find copies of Snow Crash on our shelves and via bookpeople.com. Neil Stephenson will be speaking and signing his latest foray into the unknown, Seveneves, on Saturday, May 30th, at 7 PM on BookPeople’s second floor. This event is ticketed. Check out our events calendar for more details. 

ELLEN

gone crazy in alabamaGone Crazy in Alabama by Rita Williams-Garcia
“I was so excited when I learned last year that there was going to be another book with the completely adorable and believable Gaither sisters. A little time has passed since One Crazy Summer and P.S. Be Eleven, and the sisters are headed from their Bedford-Stuyvesant neighborhood in Brooklyn, to rural Alabama for a summer visit with their grandma – Big Ma – and great-grandma – Ma Charles. I’m not quite half-way through, but I think big things are on the verge. Delphine, the oldest sister, is just about to figure out why Ma Charles hasn’t spoken to her half-sister in years despite living across a stream from each other. (I have a feeling this is going to be dramatic and complicated.) Vonetta is still harboring ill-feelings towards her uncle for stealing the sisters’s Jackson Five concert savings. And little Fern is enamored with Charlotte’s Web and wants to save the chickens from becoming dinner. As with the other two books, race inequality & tension, and the civil issues of the 1960s, impact the girls. The relationships with their mother, stepmother, father, and other family members are not all sunshine-and-rainbows. These girls deal with very grown-up things but I feel the author writes them so true to age and maturity that how they analyze and deal with things is absolutely perfect. I love these girls.
*Note: even though this is the third in a series, it is not necessary to have read the first two. Background info that is needed is incorporated naturally.” You can find copies of Gone Crazy in Alabama on our shelves and via bookpeople.com.

JOE 

reformationThe Reformation: A History by Diarmid MacCulloch

“This is the first book we are reading for the new book club here at BookPeople called Don’t Know Much About History. Because we announced the existence of the book club two months in advance, we decided to pick a nice big book. So here I am, 162 pages into this epic tome. It’s a fantastic read that really sets you in the midst of 16th century Europe where religious divisions were thought to be harbingers of the end of the world. So much of the modern world as we know it was being created here and I find it oh so fascinating and I still have another 500+ pages to go. Good stuff.” You can find copies of The Reformation: A History on our shelves and via bookpeople.com. The Don’t Know Much About History Book Club has its first meeting on Tuesday, July 7th in the BookPeople cafe at 7:00pm. Joe promises you that it’ll be quite alright if you show up without having read the whole book.
KATIE L. 
how should a person beHow Should A Person Be? by Sheila Heti
“If I wasn’t hooked by the title, I definitely was by the intro. I’m about halfway through now. It’s sort of autobiographical with a varying format that’s like nothing I’ve ever read but still accessible and very relatable so far. Can’t wait to get home and back to this book!” You can find copies of How Should A Person Be? on our shelves and via bookpeople.com. 
THOMAS W. 
dungeoneersThe Dungeoneers by John Anderson
“I just finished John Anderson’s new middle grade book The Dungeoneers, and for the first time in a long time I feel like I found a book that was written just for me. Colm Candorly is a young man whose upbringing has given him a great head start in learning how to be a thief. Now he must learn, along with some new friends who are a barbarian, a druid, and a wizard respectively, to be one part of a dungeoneer team; first in the academy and then in an actual dungeon full of evil orcs, sinister traps, and mountains of treasure. I really can’t help but love this charming adventure tale.” The Dungeoneers hits the shelves June 23rd. Pre-order now. 

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