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On Our Nightstand, June 1st-7th

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

Anna in Brentwood
The Possessed
By Elif Batuman
Batuman’s funny, thoughtful journey through the world of Russian literature will make you want to (re)read Anna Karenina. It will not make you want to go to Uzbekistan.

John Peck in Oakland
American Vertigo
By Bernard-Henri Levy
Noted French thinker Bernard-Henri Levy travels through America in the footsteps of Tocqueville. Part travelogue, part essay, entirely engaging.

Kim in Malibu
The Routes of Man
By Ted Conover
A fascinating, readable, and humanistic account of how several key roads worldwide are changing and the impact this has on political, environmental, medical, and social concerns. The best piece of nonfiction I’ve read since Citizens!

Steffi in Oakland
Let the Great World Spin
By Colum McCann
Written in a series of diverse and compelling POVs, this National Book Award-winning novel presents very believable and intriguing characters tied together by a fascinating storyline.

Thomas in Brentwood
Just Kids
By Patti Smith
Rock icon Patti Smith’s memoir is written with the greatest abundance of love for the hustlers, poets, thieves, mystics, and transients in her life. And of course, for her Robert Maplethorpe, who embodied all of the above.

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I Become Envious of My Imagined Image

Be ridiculous and shameful with Steffi in Oakland as she reads Arda Collins‘ “Pool #13”:

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Sympathy for the…Librarian?

How much do we love the news that in Keith Richards’ upcoming autobiography, Life (due out in October), the Rolling Stones guitarist confesses a secret longing to be a (wait for it) librarian? In fact, much of the book apparently details how Richards took refuge in books as a lad, and describes his attempts to classify his extensive book collections in Sussex and Connecticut. Supposedly, he even tried to Dewey Decimal the lot. Forget sex, drugs, and rock ‘n’ roll—that is truly hardcore!

We are now seriously excited for this book to arrive. It has the potential to be even greater than our discovery a few years back that Art Garfunkel has kept a record of every book he’s read since 1968. And all of it—from Jean-Jacques Rousseau‘s Confessions to Nora Ephron‘s I Feel Bad About My Neck—is available on his website.

Keep on rockin’ out with Steffi in Oakland as she reads Molly Bendall‘s “In Place of Danger”:

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