This Q&A with Omar El Akkad, author of American War, was done by his publisher and is re-posted here with their permission. Our review of the book can be found here. Q: When did you begin working on American War, and was there a particular event you would say was the genesis of the novel? … Continue reading Q&A with Omar El Akkad
Each month we choose one book that you absolutely should not miss. This month we chose Lost Kingdom of Bamarre by Gail Carson Levine, on our shelves today! Our bookseller Natasha's review is below. We hope you'll check it out! Gail Carson Levine is the queen of fairy tale retellings. She has already conquered Cinderella, … Continue reading Top Shelf in May: Lost Kingdom of Bamarre
We're thrilled to announce our new Trust Fall subscription club pick, The Leavers by Lisa Ko. Eugenia says "I devoured The Leavers in a matter of hours, desperate to know about the fate of Peilan—hoping that whatever happened that day when she disappeared from her son’s life, she had somehow found her way to safety, and maybe … Continue reading Announcing the new Trust Fall selection!
David Grann has a knack for writing about what few people know about; with Killers of the Flower Moon, he highlights a nearly forgotten crime in Oklahoma dealing with Native Americans and their unfair treatment. When the Osage were moved to Oklahoma in the early 1920s, the unexpected find of oil on their reservation made them … Continue reading April Top Shelf: Killers of the Flower Moon
Our booksellers have been reading and loving Lesley Arimah's short story collection, What It Means When a Man Falls From the Sky. We have only wonderful things to say about this book, and here are some of our thoughts. The book is on our shelves now! JAN: I read this in one sitting. Arimah's characters seethe with internalized … Continue reading We love WHAT IT MEANS WHEN A MAN FALLS FROM THE SKY
In the late 21st century a new civil war breaks out in America, one that is not fought on grounds of race but over resources. The north has broken free from the indiscriminate use of fossil fuels and moved on to solar and other power sources that are eco-friendly, while the south has bedded down … Continue reading Raul Reviews AMERICAN WAR
I cannot shout from the page effusively enough how much I love Michael Farris Smith’s works! His writing is beautifully captivating and in his books, Smith gives voices to those people in our midst that are often overlooked by society. In Desperation Road, we meet newly released inmate Russel Gaines, who comes back to the … Continue reading Q&A with Michael Farris Smith
This post previously appeared on PW's ShelfTalker blog Like many bookstores right now, BookPeople is actively talking about using our platform to better represent diverse voices, to champion the spirit of inclusivity, and to keep making our store a safe space for all members of our community. Elizabeth Bluemle and Leslie Hawkins have written this week about some concrete … Continue reading No Place For Hate
Steve Sheinkin is the master of writing dynamic, totally fascinating histories for kids--and winning awards for them. Among many other accolades, he's been named a three-time National Book Award Finalist for Most Dangerous: Daniel Ellsberg and the Secret History of the Vietnam War; The Port Chicago 50: Disaster, Mutiny, and the Fight for Civil Rights; … Continue reading Q&A with Steve Sheinkin
I’ve had the privilege of hosting BookPeople’s Required Reading Revisited book club since October 2013, when we read Invisible Man by Ralph Ellison. Since then I’ve read 38 more titles with this group, trying to keep a variety of fiction and nonfiction, classic and contemporary. Some books I was reading for the very first time, … Continue reading Bon Voyage, Required Reading Revisited!