Flaubert’s Parrot by Julian Barnes
“I love this book because its protagonist, Geoffrey Braithwaite, is a lot like me. There are some surface differences—I am not old, a man, a retired doctor, or (at least to my knowledge) fictional—but we are both obsessed with Gustave Flaubert, 19th-century French master of realism and author of such novels as Madame Bovary and (my personal favorite) Sentimental Education. If you share our interest in Flaubert, you will also enjoy this book, as it is something of a pseudo-biography, complete with a chronology of major events and a Flaubert dictionary. Flaubert’s Parrot will also appeal to anyone interested in the relationship between life and art, the nature of fiction, and the limits of biography. As Braithwaite travels around France in search of answers about one of world literature’s greatest writers, I’m becoming increasingly curious about Braithwaite, as his musings begin to suggest a dark secret in his past.” You can find copies of Flaubert’s Parrot on our shelves and via bookpeople.com.
Quicksand by Steve Toltz
“Wow. His words leave blisters on your eyeballs; his sentences, skid marks on your brain. Look out for his new novel Quicksand, released soon. Then, prepare yourself for a spectacular literary onslaught.” Quicksand hits the shelves September 15. Pre-order now!
Collected Poems: Revised Bilingual Edition by Federico Garcia Lorca
“I’m reading Lorca’s Collected Poems. My interest in Lorca initially stemmed from his exploration of the sensual through the temporal vehicle of the body. He writes about the big stuff – death, war, the Spanish Civil War, strange love affairs, betrayal, the moon, and other things in nature, like a field wishing to be the sky, which is nice because all things must wish to be the sky.” You can find copies of The Collected Poems of Federico Garcia Lorca on our shelves and via bookpeople.com.
You’re Never Weird on the Internet (Almost) by Felicia Day
“I’m reading Felicia Day‘s You’re Never Weird on the Internet (Almost). Reading Felicia Day‘s memoir is like spending the afternoon baking cookies and drinking wine with my best friend. That is, it’s comforting, enlightening and hilarious all at the same time. It’s a series of moments where I think, “OMG, I do that too!”, and then suddenly feel inspired to put my inner-creative back to work!” You’re Never Weird on the Internet (Almost) comes out August 11. Reserve a copy now! Felicia Day joins us at BookPeople August 15. Click here for more information.
Best Served Cold by Joe Abercrombie
“This novel takes place in a faux-fantasy medieval world, kinda like Game of Thrones. One of the main characters is a bad*** woman fighter working on revenge for the murder of her brother. She enlists the help of the another of the main characters, named Shivers, who is a gruff northern man who’s trying to do good and get on the straight and narrow, rather than just killing people. That’s about as far as I am right now. Abercrombie is a a writer who writes all in the same world, with cross-character appearances – he does a really good job with character development, putting you in a different world, and his style is engaging, easy to be sucked into, and fun.” You can special order Best Served Cold via bookpeople.com or next time you stop in the store.