What We’re Reading This Week: Weekend Edition

bosco don't suck don't die

BOSCO

don't suck don't dieDon’t Suck, Don’t Die: Giving Up Vic Chestnutt by Kristin Hirsh

“This is the story of the musical partnership and friendship between Vic Chestnutt and Kristin Hersh. Her writing style is beautiful, poetic, and really unique; there is no one else out there writing like her. The story is crushingly sad in its exploration of Chestnutt’s end and its impact on Kristin Hersh. This is my favorite book of the year.” You can find copies of Don’t Suck, Don’t Die: Giving Up Vic Chestnutt on our shelves and via bookpeople.com. Kristin Hirsh joins us in conversation with the Austin American Statesman’s Joe Gross on Thursday, October 15th, at 7 PM

JADE

the incarnationsThe Incarnations by Susan Barker

The Incarnations is about two soulmates in modern-day China. One of them, a taxi driver, is unaware of his incarnations or the existence of his soulmate until his starts to receive letters in his cab. The letters detail past lives that span over a thousand years; they have different origins and are different people each time, yet each incarnation, they find each other. Barker writes poetic prose and crafts beautiful imagery, which, along with the subject matter of incarnations, drew me in right away.” You can find copies of The Incarnations on our shelves and via bookpeople.com

SARAH H.

furiously-happyFuriously Happy by Jenny Lawson

“I’m so glad Jenny Lawson came along. She talks about a serious topic, that affects a great number of people, with compassion as well as humor. I’d call her wickedly humorous. It’s a kind of humor that stings, because it’s both true and unbelievable.” Jenny Lawson came by the store this past Wednesday to speak and sign her latest. You can find signed copies of Furiously Happy on our shelves and via bookpeople.com

MONA

how children succeedHow Children Succeed: Grit, Curiousity, and the Hidden Power of Character by Paul Tough

“I’m about halfway through reading How Children Succeed by Paul Tough, one of the most notable contemporary authors on education and psychology. This book really has fascinating insights about human development, and is written in a very engaging way.Tough combines reportage with compelling analysis in this highly readable book. Valuable to parents, educators, and anyone interested in improving society through understanding how children learn and develop and how we can nurture their gifts.” You can find copies of How Children Succeed on our shelves and via bookpeople.com

CHRIS H.

paprikaPaprika by Yasutaka Tsustui, translated by Andrew Driver

Paprika is a Japanese novel set in the near future, where psychologists use devices to invade people’s dreams in order to cure mental illness. When one of these devices is stolen, the physicians who previously used the device start going insane. An enjoyable mystery that depicts Japan in transition.” You can find copies of Paprika on our shelves and via bookpeople.com. The Authors and Auteurs Book Club will be screening the film version of Paprika, followed by a discussion, on Sunday, October 4th, at 4 PM on BookPeople’s 3rd floor. 

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