What We’re Reading This Week



eileenEileen by Ottessa Moshfegh

“Lady noir at its best! Eileen is one of those books set in a time of censorship (the early 60s), that reads like it was written in the early 1960s, and then hidden for years until its salacious material could finally be published. By which I mean, this story reads accurately as to the sexual mores and hang-ups of its setting, and feels a bit like if Patricia Highsmith were writing now and could get away with whatever she wanted. I’m not that far in, but for those who, like me, enjoy mysteries exploring the darker side of the female psyche, this is the book for you!” You can find copies of Eileen on our shelves and via bookpeople.com


last painting of sara de vosThe Last Painting of Sara de Vos by Dominic Smith

“Written by a local author, it’s about a female painter in the 17th century, and an art collector in the 1950s obsessed with her last painting. The art collector hires a forger to replicate the painting, and this is just part of a vibrant story full of history, with characters that come alive. Plot twists combine with great characterizations that drive the novel with unusual force. I’ve read a few books by this author, and this is my favorite so far.”The Last Painting of Sara De Vos hits the shelves in April of 2016 – keep an eye out for more about this wonderful read as we get closer to its release date!


undermajordomo minorUndermajordomo Minor by Patrick DeWitt

“Patrick DeWitt’s done it again. This brilliantly titled novel is a weird and wonderful mix of biting humor, sudden violence, eccentric (to put it mildly) characters, the snappiest of dialogue, and the most unsettling scene involving a pastry since American Pie.” You can find copies of Undermajordomo Minor on our shelves and via bookpeople.com


the familiar vol 2The Familiar, Vol. 2: Into The Forest by Mark Z. Danielewski

“In this second installment of Danielewski’s 27-volume series, the lives of the nine disparate main characters begin to (ever so slightly) intersect. This book still feels mysterious and strange (it is Danielewski, after all), but that’s a good thing. I’m no longer being introduced to these worlds he’s setting up—I feel as though I know them, and this book serves to let me better understand the nine narratives and how they revolve around and weave amongst each other. Some chapters feel as though they could stand alone as short stories, they are so graphic and succinct, and just enough removed from the main characters to feel alien and new. Reading The Familiar is definitely a commitment, but Volume 2 proved to be both challenging and enjoyable.” The Familiar, Volume 2: Into The Forest hits the shelves October 27th. Pre-order now!

6 thoughts on “What We’re Reading This Week

  1. Dear Book People,
    After 15 years of research, Courage Beyond Expectations, the little known story of Indian War in the Pacific NW has just been published. Are you interested in receiving the press release when it is ready? There was much drama during the period before l858. For example, what female who wanted to go West said, “I can’t stand that man the Missionary Board wants me to marry?”
    Jo Ann Bender, budinger.bender@ plix. com has the info. if this topic is of interest.

    1. You can find copies of Eileen on our shelves here at bookpeople! If you are located out of town, we recommend powells.com as an independent alternative to amazon!

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