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On Our Nightstand, September 14th-20th

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

Anna in Brentwood
Gunn’s Golden Rules
By Tim Gunn
Tim Gunn, how are you so awesome? This book is partly a 21st century etiquette manual advocating basic human decency, partly a peek into the oddities of the world of fashion, and partly a series of autobiographical anecdotes. In its entirety, it is utterly charming.

Cheryl in Brentwood
Kitchen Confidential
By Anthony Bourdain
Bourdain’s classic restaurant expose almost makes me want to be a chef, but the fact that they work 12-hour days on their feet, with maybe one day off a week, and labor in a sweltering kitchen, makes me thankful I work in a bookstore.

Grant in Oakland
Alive in Necropolis
By Doug Dorst
By mixing together the tropes of ghost story, detective noir, and coming-into-adulthood narratives, Alive in Necropolis plays with the notion of what makes us human, given that Dorst’s undead are often more humane than the living.

John Evans
The Interloper
By Antoine Wilson
Just finished local author Antoine Wilson’s wonderful, not-to-be-forgotten novel. Writing the way it is supposed to be done–craftily, engagingly, intelligently.

Miles in Malibu
Why We Fight
Edited by Simon Van Booy
Why We Fight is a collection of passages culled from a number of texts (ranging from the Bible to present day writers such as Thich Nhat Hanh), all dealing with the history and philosophy of fighting. Each passage is concisely prefaced in an insightful manner by novelist and editor Simon Van Booy, making the heavy subject matter easier to digest.

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Look! Up in the Sky!

In honor of Free Comic Book Day—it’s tomorrow! You go into any comic book store and they give you free comics—here are some of our favorite books about comics (and a few bonus treats).

Tom De Haven‘s thrilling and evocative novel, It’s Superman!, returns Clark Kent to his Depression-era roots for an adventure that sheds comic excess and focuses on what makes the Man of Steel human.

De Haven’s got a great nonfiction look at Supes, too: the new Our Hero, a fantastic look at the character’s real-life origin story, his ups and downs, and his lasting cultural impact.

The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier & Clay, Michael Chabon‘s Pulitzer Prize-winning fictional take on the comic industry’s birth and golden age has achieved modern-classic status for a reason. The thrill of creativity taking flight has never seemed more visceral.

Of course, with the rise of comics came the rise of comic book-detractors. David Hajdu explores all sides of this epic censorship controversy—including the publication of the famous anti-comics screed, Seduction of the Innocent—in The Ten-Cent Plague: The Great Comic-Book Scare and How It Changed America.

POW! Fun bonuses:

*An excellent interview with award-winning graphic novelist and Bay Area local Gene Luen Yang, author of the new (and likewise excellent) Prime Baby.

*A hilarious analysis of gender-swapped superheroes (um…possibly NSFW).

*This speaks for itself: videos of Tim Gunn critiquing superhero costume choices.

Keep feeling super with Margaret in Oakland’s reading Antonio Machado‘s “Last Night While I Was Sleeping”:

That’s it for the month, guys! Check out all 30 videos for the 30 days of April here. And then vote for your favorite! The winner—along with the winning voter, who gets a mysterious(ly awesome) prize—will be announced in May!

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