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On Our Nightstand, June 15th-21st

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

Anna in Brentwood
The Particular Sadness of Lemon Cake
By Aimee Bender
Bender’s second novel is a whimsical concoction, seasoned with enough of the bittersweet to avoid becoming cloying. I’m so excited that she’s going to be here to sign on July 10th!

Geo in Brentwood
Working
By Studs Terkel
My attempt to understand the different class relationships in this country. Terkel’s illuminating oral history presents a variety of voices from all walks of life.

Karen in Oakland
Nemesis
By Jo Nesbo
Nesbo is a musician, economist, and mystery writer who’s really hot in Sweden right now. This is the perfect follow up to Stieg Larsson‘s Millennium Trilogy.

Margaret in Oakland
Deaf Sentence
By David Lodge
From the absolutely hilarious cocktail scene that opens the book, Lodge’s latest novel is hysterical, especially for people of “a certain age.” David Lodge has never written a bad book.

Miles in Malibu
The Man Who Mistook His Wife for a Hat
By Oliver Sacks
Case studies from Sacks’ work as a neurologist, which cover everything from savantism to synesthesia. I’m learning about all kinds of things I didn’t think were possible!

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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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