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On Our Nightstand, June 29th-July 5th

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

Anna in Brentwood
A Single Man
By Christopher Isherwood
I never got a chance to see the Oscar-nominated film adaptation, but reading the descriptive, dreamlike, emotionally-charged novel, I don’t see how the experience could be made any more visceral.

Colin in Oakland
Guards! Guards!
By Terry Pratchett
I normally don’t read sci-fi/fantasy, and I thought I was too cool for Terry Pratchett. But it turns out he’s smarter than I am! This book is funny and witty and just really, really good. Consider me converted.

Geo in Brentwood
By Robert Walser
These 25 short pieces are the first English translations, selected from Walser’s six-volume German original. Walser printed these stories on tiny strips of paper, legible only through a magnifying glass or microscope. Luckily for us, they’ll been enlarged for our reading pleasure. This edition, however, includes facsimilies of both the original microscripts and the German texts.

John Evans
By Roberto Bolano
In a beautiful edition from New Directions — small format black and gold covers, without jacket, red endpapers, creamy paper and black ink — Antwerp is a poetic distillation of Bolano’s sensibility. Reading it slowly.

Jon Stich in Oakland
Yoga for People Who Can’t Be Bothered to Do It
By Geoff Dyer
False advertising alert: this book is not actually about yoga. Instead it’s a collection of travel essays. Very funny, in that distinctly British sort of way.

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The Sidewalk Never Ends and the Tree Just Keeps on Giving

This isn’t quite the J.D. Salinger news we’ve been looking forDuring his period of self-imposed exile, the author of The Catcher in the Rye wrote seven or eight whole novels and hundreds of short stories! They’re coming out this year! In fact, tomorrow! You know, something low-key and reasonable like that—but poetry fans will be pleased to hear that beloved writer and illustrator Shel Silverstein will be releasing a new collection of poetry from beyond the grave! No, but seriously: a whole new book of unpublished poems and new illustrations by the author of Where the Sidewalk Ends and The Giving Tree (who died in 1999) will be available in 2011. Pretty impressive. Still, the Tupac Memorial Award for Most Prolific Dead Creative Type has to go to Roberto Bolano, whose work really only started appearing in English after his death in 2003. His latest work in translation, Antwerp, just hit our shelves this week.

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