Wednesday, July 29, 2009

Staff Recommendation: A Moveable Feast

I didn't think that my favorite Hemingway book good get any better—but it did! The original was published in 1964, but after the release of Hemingway's personal papers in 1979, scholars have reexamined many of changes made to the text before publication. Sure to win over old fans and new readers alike, this edition presents the manuscript as Hemingway intended.

A Moveable Feast: The Restored Edition by Ernest Hemmingway
Reviewed by: Jennifer R.

Sunday, July 26, 2009

Customer Recommendation: The Women

This fictional account of Frank Lloyd Wright’s life is told through the eyes of the four women he loved. The novel is narrated by a Japanese architect who was one of Wright’s apprentices. I loved the perspective of the apprentice as he told the story, not only about the very different women, but also about his beloved master, an eccentric, self-absorbed, and talented architect.

The Women by T.C. Boyle

Reviewed by Sally LaVenture

Thursday, July 23, 2009

Staff Recommendation: The Vast Fields of Ordinary

Set during the summer after high school graduation, this book tells of the developing identity of a young gay man in the Midwest. An important read for all teens, who will identify no doubt with the feelings, misbehavior, and conflict, this is also a rewarding read for adults. The narrative about how late adolescents learn to ‘do’ gender is bold and touching in its straightforwardness.

The Vast Fields of Ordinary by Nick Burd
Reviewed By: Peter

Wednesday, July 22, 2009

Staff Recommendation: Saltwater Buddha

Jaimal Yogis's memoir is the fascinating tale of a boy in love with surfing and Zen. His travels lead him from coastal California to Hawaii, Manhattan, India, and Mexico in search of outer waves and inner calm. Saltwater Buddha combines narrative and insight to produce a lighthearted, yet powerful story.

Don't miss Jaimal Yogis, author of Saltwater Buddha: A Surfer's Quest to find Zen on the Sea (Wisdom Publications, Paperback, $14.95), when he speaks and signs Tuesday, August 4, at 7:30pm at Boulder Book Store (1107 Pearl Street, Boulder, CO, 80302).

Saltwater Buddha: A Surfer's Quest to find Zen on the Sea by
Jaimal Yogis
Reviewed by Mari

Tuesday, July 21, 2009

Staff Recommendation: Sandman Slim

We all know that L.A. is a hotspot for vampires, demons, angels, sorcerers, eccentric artists, and movie moguls. But you probably don’t know that magician/hitman Sandman Slim is back for revenge after surviving 11 years in Hell (literally) as a sideshow freak. Not only is he intent on killing those who sent him Downtown, but creatures of all sorts are out to destroy him!

Sandman Slim by Richard Kadrey
Reviewed by: Alyssa

Saturday, July 18, 2009

Shop Local, Save the Planet!

Courtesy of The Regulator Bookshop, in Durham, NC!

Thursday, July 16, 2009

Sense & Sensibility & Sea Monsters Book Trailer!

From the hilarious publisher that brought us the bestselling Pride & Prejudice & Zombies, comes Sense & Sensibility & Sea Monsters (coming September 2009). Watch the hysterical book trailer below, and call us at 303-447-2074 if you'd like to pre-order your copy!

Friday, July 10, 2009

Staff Recommendation: Her Last Death

A true story, Her Last Death is one woman's struggle to form a separate identity from the woman she most hated and most loved: her mother. Susanna Sonnenberg grew up surrounded by sex, drugs, and a superficiality she was able to escape only by shutting out her family. Sonnenberg's writing is engaging and witty, and her story is both poignant and captivating.

Her Last Death by Susanna Sonnenberg
Reviewed by: Katie

Tuesday, July 7, 2009

Staff Recommendation: A Short History of Women

This latest novel by a National Book Award finalist interweaves the lives of five generations of the Townsend family in numerous richly detailed and poetic miniatures. British suffragist Dorothy Trevor Townsend shares both legacy and namesake with her American granddaughter, who solely and illegally protests the Iraq war in spite of her daughter’s disapproval.

A Short History of Women by Kate Walbert
Reviewed by: Alyssa

Sunday, July 5, 2009

Staff Recommendation: The Shadow of the Wind

Zafon's novel is a glorious summer read. Dripping with colorful characters, atmosphere, passion, intrigue and action, it grabs readers by the lapels and pulls them breathlessly through the back alleys of Postwar Barcelona--searching for a mysterious writer, his disappearing novels, and answers to the grim mystery behind it all. Impossible to put down!

The Shadow of the Wind by Carlos Ruiz Zafon
Reviewed by: Harry

Friday, July 3, 2009

Staff Recommendation: Julie & Julia

Working as a temp and approaching the age of thirty, Julie Powell is looking for something to give meaning to her life. Always interested in food, Julie decides in a moment of desperate courage to cook her way through Julia Childs' Mastering the Art of French Cooking. Soon to be a movie with Meryl Streep and Amy Adams!

Julie & Julia by Julie Powell
Reviewed by: Claire

Wednesday, July 1, 2009

Customer Recommendation: The Hebrew Tutor of Bel Air

Set in the summer of 1963, this novel is told from the perspective of Norman, 17, a Hebrew scholar hired by a wealthy dysfunctional family to prepare Bayla, 16, for her bat mitzvah. The Hebrew instruction is minimal, but other life lessons are learned in the unlikely relationship these two characters forge. Love, motorcycles and more play a role in this insightful coming of age story.

The Hebrew Tutor of Bel Air by Allan Appel
Reviewed by: Sally Laventure