Wednesday, June 6, 2012

Summer reading

This summer reading list from Changing Hands Bookstore owner Cindy Dach is very good. I found it on
ALT"Zone One" by Colson Whitehead. The thinking-person's zombie novel. This takes place in aftermath of a zombie plague in lower Manhattan which has been scheduled for human resettlement. Whitehead's writing is astounding and he brings the world of the undead vibrantly to life.
ALTbeen meaning to read this: "Art of Fielding"by Chad Harbach. A novel about a baseball team at a small midwestern college. When one player loses his confidence, lives are impacted because teams are connected. This is well-written, and not just for fans of baseball. "Art of Fielding" explores relationships -- between friends, family, and lovers -- and the forces that complicate them.
ALT"Once Upon a River"by Bonnie Jo Campbell. This has been described as the female Huck Finn. This is the story of Margo Crane, a young woman who lives near a river in a rural area of Michigan in the 1970's. She is forced to travel the river by herself in a boat to save herself and find a new life. She meets extraordinary characters along the way and has an instinct for survival that drives the story.
ALTRead this a couple of weeks ago and really enjoyed it."Night Circus"by Erin Morgenstern. The circus has come to town, and it seems like an ordinary circus, but behind the scenes, a fierce competition is underway -- a duel between two young magicians who have been trained since childhood expressly for this purpose. Unbeknownst to them, this is a game in which only one can be left standing, and yet they tumble into a deep, magical love.
ALTSomething a bit different."Imagine: How Creativity Works"
by Jonah Lehrer. A revelatory look at the science of creativity. This book shatters the myth of muses, higher powers, even creative "types." Lehrer demonstrates that creativity is not a single gift possessed by the lucky few. It's a variety of distinct thought processes that we can all learn to use more effectively.
ALT"Yes, Chef"by Marcus Samulson. Marcus was only three years old when he was orphaned in Ethiopia. He and his sister were adopted by a white family in Sweden. It was there that Marcus's new grandmother sparked in him a lifelong passion for cooking. Markus went on to study in Europe and eventually ended up in New York City. This story is about cooking in Europe and the meaning of race in those kitchens.

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