Here’s what we’re reading this week at Diesel!
Anna in Brentwood
The Wayward Bus
By John Steinbeck
I decided I wanted to read something fun and relaxing, and somehow this translated into my picking up one of Steinbeck’s goofier, lust-filled novels. Both the version of myself who slogged through Grapes of Wrath in high school and the one who rapturously pored over East of Eden in college would be appalled.
Diane in Brentwood
Growing Up Jung
By Micah Toub
Toub is the son of TWO Jungian psychologists. His writing style is a delight and it’s clear that with all the introspection wafting around his childhood home, he’s as screwed up at the rest of us.
Geo in Brentwood
By Karen Tei Yamashita
Yamashita encapsulates the complex political environment of 1960s San Francisco in a truly ambitious, explosive, and enthralling novel.
John Peck in Oakland
How Did You Get This Number
By Sloane Crosley
Great humor writing, with a refreshing feet-on-the-ground (i.e. not too precious) take on life’s absurdities.
Margaret in Oakland
Lions at Lamb House
By Edwin M. Yoder Jr.
Another of those fabulous finds from Europa Editions–a fictive encounter between Henry James and Sigmund Freud at James’ country estate on the East Sussex coast. Deliciously droll.
Here’s some stuff we’re keeping an eye on…
Stieg Watch! Although the fourth volume in Stieg Larsson‘s bestselling Millennium Trilogy is still caught up in the late author’s estate wars, Swedish librarians have dug up some of his early short story efforts, rejected from a sci-fi magazine when Larsson was 17. Is it okay for us to be both excited and sort of embarrassed for him? (Note to the librarians of the future: please don’t publish any of our fiction from age 17 when we die.)
Sloane Watch! Essayist Sloane Crosley‘s new collection, How Did You Get This Number, came out on Tuesday. To further amp up the excitement, she’s teamed up with name-twin Sloane Tanen, whose hilarious chicken dioramas can be found in Bitter With Baggage Seeks Same and Going For the Bronze. Tanen’s given selected scenes from How Did You Get This Number the fuzzy yellow feather treatment—check them out here!
Shirt Watch! These literary tees sure are nifty—and they support a good cause. For every shirt sold, Out of Print Clothing donates a book to Books For Africa. Hey, so now you can look good and feel good at the same time!
Saturday Watch! As in, you can come watch bestselling author Jennifer Egan read from and sign her new book, A Visit From the Goon Squad, at our Brentwood store this Saturday at 3 p.m. Check out the rave review Carolyn Kellogg of Jacket Copy gave Goon Squad in the L.A. Times.