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.)
Here’s what we’re reading this week at Diesel!
Anna in Brentwood
The Hole We’re In
By Gabrielle Zevin
A fascinating and brutal look at the financial crisis through the story of one family. Zevin’s unflinching characterization and dark humor make this book hard to read—and at the same time, impossible to put down.
Elise in Oakland
The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle
By Haruki Murakami
My previous encounters with Murakami didn’t leave me a fan, so I was reluctant to read this. But it’s amazing—dreamy, but still rooted in reality. There are a lot of storylines but they’re not hard to follow because I’m interested in every single one of the characters.
Geo in Brentwood
By Michael Largo
An A-Z reference guide about the funnier, stranger side of religion. Entertaining, eerie, and a tad bit disturbing!
John Peck in Oakland
By Roberto Bolano
After reading the 900+ page epic 2666, this book of Bolano’s short fiction is like dessert.
Kim in Malibu
The Laws of Simplicity
By John Maeda
The annoyingly multitalented John Maeda (MIT professor! RISD president! Graphic design superstar!) examines the idea that less can actually be more—or at least, more meaningful—in relation to design, technology, business, and life in general. Seeing as how Maeda’s ideas often blossom into iconic, why-didn’t-we-think-of-this-sooner epiphanies, I expect to learn a lot from this slim volume.