Sarah H. – Summer Reading List 2016

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Sarah H. is a badass bookseller who takes Texas book slingin’ to a whole new level. She currently helms BookPeople’s non-stop, party-all-the-time Internet Orders department. When not at work, she can be found researching Austin’s deep, dark literary underbelly. Look for her in the Sci-fi section and just about anywhere high caliber, boundary-defying, genre-bending lit resides. 

9781594632419The Regional Office is Under Attack by Manuel Gonzalez

Based solely on the description, this book has all the hallmarks of a story I’ll probably love. Supernatural female assassins fight the forces of darkness, a super-secret organization that fosters magical powers and protects the human race. Yes, yes, I’m with you. Then I read the intro, and I was like, “tell me more, please!” From everything I’ve heard, this book is just the most fun.

9780765386243The Geek Feminist Revolution by Kameron Hurley

Being both a geek and a feminist, of course I was immediately drawn to this title. I’ve not read any of Hurley’s work, but am keenly interested in both this woman’s experience in genre publishing and the direction the culture is taking overall  (which is not going anywhere good if marginalized voices don’t keep speaking up). Inclusion is the word of the day (month, year, lifetime).

9781101904220Dark Matter by Blake Crouch

The premise is pretty simple… physicist Jason Dessen wakes up in a world that is not his own. How does he get back to his own reality? They are calling it a “sci-fi thriller,” but I get the impression it is much more than that. I greatly enjoyed the Wayward Pines book series (the TV show was also pretty good), and the reviews of the book I’ve read so far almost all say some version of “what the heck did I just read?!?!”, which is always promising.

9780316348409Shrill by Lindy West

If you have ever read anything she’s written, then really, no further explanation necessary. I love this woman’s writing, and hope to someday befriend her.

9781101946695Fall of Man in Wilmslow by David Lagercrantz

A thriller surrounding the death of Alan Turing by the author of The Girl in the Spider’s Web. Need I say more?


9780765385154Infomocracy by Malka Ann Older

People have been saying it’s a cross between Snow Crash and The West Wing. These are two of my favorite things. In addition, it has an awesome cover and the author’s bio is fascinating – She has more than eight years of experience in humanitarian aid and development, and has responded to complex emergencies and natural disasters in Uganda, Darfur, Indonesia, Japan, and Mali. “Infomocracy” is her first novel.

9780062262264The View From The Cheap Seats by Neil Gaiman

A collection of over sixty non-fiction essays by my favorite author, creator of The Sandman graphic series, author of American Gods, and many other titles that continue to delight and astound – the one and only Neil Gaiman.


9781627795395Listen, Liberal: Or, What Ever Happened to the Party of the People? by Thomas Frank

Several recent articles by Thomas Frank, and a recent appearance on Real Time have put this guy on my radar, big time. I’ve admittedly already started reading this book, and it is compelling, let me tell you. He articulates things I’ve felt for a long time, but didn’t have the political vocabulary to express. And let’s be clear, this book is a pretty scathing indictment of what the Democratic party has let itself become. Hopefully it will help the party take a good long look in the mirror and correct its course (doubtful, but one can hope, right?).


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