Aimee Bender‘s newest novel, The Particular Sadness of Lemon Cake, is about a young girl who discovers she can taste people’s emotions in the food they create. We can’t offer that kind of insight into Bender herself, but we can tell you her answers to our three quick questions!
Presenting Aimee Bender’s…
The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle by Haruki Murakami
Jane Campion’s The Piano
Hounds of Love by Kate Bush (oh good, another excuse to pimp these amazing literary music videos)
And hey, while we’re making coy asides, allow us to remind you that this is Signed Books Month here at Diesel. Hurry in to snatch up some signed Aimee Bender, along with books by a truly astonishing variety of other authors. (Yeah, any food of ours would taste a little bit prideful right now.)
The fantastic Aimee Bender will be reading from and signing her new book, The Particular Sadness of Lemon Cake, at both our Oakland store—this Sunday at 3 p.m.—and our Brentwood store—Saturday, July 10th, at 4 p.m. Check out this fascinating interview with Bender, in which she talks about magical realism and the power of transformation narratives from Ovid to…well, herself.
You done? See, now you’re at an advantage over everyone who didn’t read it and can ask the best questions. Sadness banished!
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
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
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
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!