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On Our Nightstand, July 27th-August 2nd

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

Anna in Brentwood
Breakfast at Tiffany’s
By Truman Capote
This is embarrassing to admit, but I’ve never seen the 1961 movie nor read Capote’s 1958 novella. I’m loving the latter, and the accompanying short stories, however: they’re subtly insightful and sort of sneakily moving. I want to see the film now, but even more I want to read more of Capote’s work!

Colin in Oakland
Ghostwalk
By Rebecca Stott
I don’t usually read mysteries, but this book is really well written, evoking Cambridge, England, in the 17th century and weaving an atmospheric spell. Plus it features ghosts, romance, animal liberation terrorists, and Isaac Newton! What more could you want?

Geo in Brentwood
America Day by Day
By Simone de Beauvoir
In preparation for an upcoming road trip, I thought I’d learn about this ‘Great American Experience’ from a Frenchwoman.

John Evans
When That Rough God Goes Riding: Listening to Van Morrison
By Greil Marcus
One of the greatest contemporary musical visionaries gets the full treatment by one of our most fascinating cultural critics. Mystical music-making meets brilliantly visceral criticism–loving it!

Thea in Malibu
Eat, Pray, Love
By Elizabeth Gilbert
So I’m a little tardy hopping onto the bandwagon for this one, but better late than never. A soul-searching story of finding happiness and spirituality in different corners of the world, Eat, Pray, Love has made me think about where I find joy in my own life.

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Signed Wonders

July is Signed Book Month at Diesel! We have so many cool authors coming through our stores–some for big, publicized events and readings, and some on the sly. This month we’ll be highlighting some of the awesome authors whose super-hot signatures you can snag, including:

[Insert dramatic flourish here]

Jonathan Alter!
Francesca Lia Block!
Peter Carey!
Jennifer Egan!
Sebastian Junger!
Elizabeth Kostova!
Mary Gaitskill!
David Mamet!
Greil Marcus!
Chuck Palahniuk!
Jane Smiley!
Abraham Verghese!
Damon Wayans!

And more!

We’ll be profiling some of these authors and books throughout the month, so check back! And remember, you can buy any (or hey, all!) of our nifty signed books via our website.

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Sing the Bookstore Electric!

Hey, it’s musical Monday! Let’s sing the book tour blues with mystery writer Parnell Hall!

We find this song strangely catchy. It certainly makes us want to show Hall some appreciation by buying his books. (Maybe he should try signing at his local indie!) Or we could at least check them out at the library after using their:

And in case you missed any, be sure to check out all our Music Month videos. Topics include Chuck Klosterman (twice! how greedy), Oliver Sacks, the 33 1/3 Series, Greil Marcus, The Threepenny Opera, and…why are Colin and Grant in bed together again?

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Put Another Dime in the Jukebox, Baby

May is Music Month here at Diesel, and we’re all getting down with our bad selves. In video form!

Here are our first few, um…”music videos”–none of which, sadly, feature BeyoncĂ©. But we hope you enjoy them anyway.

First up, here’s Alison discussing Greil Marcus with Colin in Oakland:

Thomas in Brentwood introduces the 33 1/3 series, and his favorite, Mike McGonigal‘s take on My Bloody Valentine’s Loveless:

And finally, Anna in Brentwood talks about her love/hate relationship with Chuck Klosterman:

Rock on.

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