3 Quick Questions With Cornelia Funke

Cornelia Funke is the author of the modern kids’ classics Inkheart, Dragon Rider, and—most recently—Reckless. In that spirit, she threw caution to the wind and told us some of her favorite things!

Presenting Cornelia Funke’s…

Favorite Book
The Once and Future King by T.H. White

Favorite Movie
The Year of Living Dangerously

Favorite Music
Franz von Schubert’s Winterreise

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3 Quick Questions With Tom McCarthy

This week, we were lucky enough to have Tom McCarthy stop by and sign copies of his Booker Prize shortlisted novel C (come and get them while they last!). While he was here, he was nice enough to answer our three quick questions. We give him an A+!

Presenting Tom McCarthy’s…

Favorite Book
The Sound and the Fury by William Faulkner

Favorite Movie
Wild at Heart

Favorite Music
The Velvet Underground

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On Our Nightstand, September 21st-27th

Here’s what we’re reading this week at Diesel!

Anna in Brentwood
Earth (The Book)
By Jon Stewart, et. al.
Written in the style of a guidebook for all the alien species who may have discovered our planet after we’ve destroyed ourselves, the followup to America (The Book) is hilarious…and just a little bit sad. But focusing on the hilarity–my favorite bit so far may be this description of Saturn: “God liked this planet. So he put a ring on it.”

Cameron in Malibu
Imperium
By Ryszard Kapuscinski
Infamous Polish journalist Ryszard Kapuscinski records his encounters with the Soviet Empire in this series of essays. Beginning with his father’s disappearance in Belarus, Kapuscinski describes the peculiarities of Central Asian satellite republics and the eventual fall of Soviet Russia.

Geo in Brentwood
Henry and June
By Anais Nin
A rather intimate (understatement?) look into Nin’s diaries reveals a provocative and racy account of sex, literature, and psychoanalysis.

Jon Stich in Oakland
Strange As This Weather Has Been
By Ann Pancake
Set in the West Virginia mountains, this novel details how the mining industry has helped to create unnatural disasters whose effects are described through a cast of characters. It reminds me a lot of Timothy Egan‘s The Worst Hard Time, writing and subject wise.

Thomas in Brentwood
Selected Poems
By Paul Verlaine
Un coup de pied au cul.
Une gifle dans le visage.
Un brise dans le coeur.

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3 Quick Questions With Cathleen Schine

Cathleen Schine latest novel is The Three Weissmanns of Westport. Keeping with this numerical theme, Schine was kind enough to shed some light on three of her favorite things!

Presenting Cathleen Schine’s…

Favorite Book
Our Mutual Friend by Charles Dickens

Favorite Movie
Lassie Come Home

Favorite Music
Estonian composer Arvo Part

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Only Revolutions

The Atlantic’s got a fantastic article for historians and bibliophiles alike: 10 Reading Revolutions Before E-Books. Besides being really, really interesting, this piece is also reassuring, and has us even more convinced that we’re witnessing another part in the evolutionary process of how we read, not some sort of extinction event.

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On Our Nightstand, September 14th-20th

Here’s what we’re reading this week at Diesel!

Anna in Brentwood
Gunn’s Golden Rules
By Tim Gunn
Tim Gunn, how are you so awesome? This book is partly a 21st century etiquette manual advocating basic human decency, partly a peek into the oddities of the world of fashion, and partly a series of autobiographical anecdotes. In its entirety, it is utterly charming.

Cheryl in Brentwood
Kitchen Confidential
By Anthony Bourdain
Bourdain’s classic restaurant expose almost makes me want to be a chef, but the fact that they work 12-hour days on their feet, with maybe one day off a week, and labor in a sweltering kitchen, makes me thankful I work in a bookstore.

Grant in Oakland
Alive in Necropolis
By Doug Dorst
By mixing together the tropes of ghost story, detective noir, and coming-into-adulthood narratives, Alive in Necropolis plays with the notion of what makes us human, given that Dorst’s undead are often more humane than the living.

John Evans
The Interloper
By Antoine Wilson
Just finished local author Antoine Wilson’s wonderful, not-to-be-forgotten novel. Writing the way it is supposed to be done–craftily, engagingly, intelligently.

Miles in Malibu
Why We Fight
Edited by Simon Van Booy
Why We Fight is a collection of passages culled from a number of texts (ranging from the Bible to present day writers such as Thich Nhat Hanh), all dealing with the history and philosophy of fighting. Each passage is concisely prefaced in an insightful manner by novelist and editor Simon Van Booy, making the heavy subject matter easier to digest.

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Feeling Reckless?

Cornelia Funke, author of the Inkheart books, has a new kids’ novel coming out tomorrow!

Order your copy now from our website or by calling our Brentwood store (310.576.9960) and get two free tickets to Funke’s Get Reckless Tour, which will be stopping at the Brentwood Theater on September 18th at 6:30 p.m. This theatrical storytelling event promises to be a real thrill–and much safer than skydiving or base jumping, too.

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