Hey there, staff faves…
Looks great (and not only because our girl Mary MacLane is peering down from that top shelf.)
Let’s try to name them by sight, no googling:
- Art of Fear
- That one where whassis name walks across Europe as a young man, though written after he grew up and parachuted into Crete to fight Nazis and wrote other books of indispensable travel writing which are so great in part because he’s so very British. Patrick Leigh Fermor. That guy.
- Maybe The Old Ways by MacFarlane, that book about walking trails in Britain that’s supposed to be so good?
- Rexroth on camping in the Sierra Madres, with an introduction by Kim Stanley Robinson. Love that book. Great advice about burros.
- Wool. Supposed to be fantastic SF. Author has a great blog, too. Haven’t read it.
- Orange in the New Black. Hate the show, haven’t read the book, but the author is very pleasant in person.
- I forget.
- Madness Rack and Honey by Mary Ruefle, one of the greatest working poets today. I like her poetry better than these essays, but nobody really reads poetry, so…
- I forget.
- Douglas Coupland, I think?
- Bluets by Maggie Nelson. Staple this one to your heart.
- Bough Down by Karen Green? Is that her name? Affecting, yes, though I don’t have much real affection for the treatment they gave the book.
- Telex from Cuba. Haven’t read it.
- Eliot Weinberger. Another mandatory book. Just incredibly good. Not so good that I remember the title, unfortunately.
- This is whassis name, the guy who wrote The Bathroom, I think? Toussaint? People tell me it’s good. And slim. I’ve read him and liked him.
- Dunno, looks like a Pushkin treatment?
- Dunno, but it has the Golden Gate Bridge on there, so maybe it’s a bit of local flavor. I’m not surprised I don’t know it.
- Suicide by whassis name, a very good book about young depression and new-wave-ish flaneurism. Loved it.
- Speedboat by Renata Adler. S’great.
- Slouching Toward Bethlehem. Joan Didion. They should just pass these out to everyone at the California border.
- Nudge by Somebody. A new staple for the Gladwell set.
- Looks like it says “Popular Crime.”
- More JDidz, Play It as It Lays.
Everyone, help me fill in the blanks. It’s clearly been too long since I was a bookseller. Green Apple, you’re not allowed to play.
the Weinberger is An Elemental Thing (so good! also there’s a really beautiful line about whales on page 82) (I said that as a party trick once and ended up being right, so now I’ll remember it forever). also, the Dunno before the Golden Gate Bridge is our latest Pearl design for Bolaño’s Antwerp. No shade at the previous design, but the newest design is so good.
I wish I could recognize some of the other unrecognizables, but..