The perfect cocktail recipe book for readers has arrived this week: Tequila Mockingbird by Tim Federle, $5.25. From the back of the book:
A fun gift for barflies and a terrific treat for book clubs, Tequila Mockingbird is the ultimate cocktail book for the literary obsessed. Featuring 65 delicious drink recipes — paired with wry commentary on history’s most beloved novels — the book also includes bar bites, drinking games, and whimsical illustrations throughout.
I think my personal favorite would have to be the ‘Love in the Time of Kahlúa!’
I’m currently reading Oryx and Crake and I’m completely hooked! This comes as no surprise, since I’m already a huge fan of Margaret Atwood.
Oryx and Crake is the first of her novels in the MaddAddam trilogy. I read the second novel, The Year of the Flood, a few months ago and I was eager to return to this strange-yet-familiar future. If you tend to think, as I do, that there’s no new, fresh, or surprising way left to do “dystopian future” anymore, Atwood just might prove you wrong.
Atwood is not for everyone’s tastes, but if you’re into masterfully-crafted literary fiction and also inclined to enjoy wildly imaginative (but believable, plausible?) science fiction, some of her novels may be the perfect blending of these areas for you – they are for me.
All of Margaret Atwood’s books are difficult to keep in stock here, but luckily we now have TWO copies of Oryx and Crake that have both arrived within a couple weeks of each other. Pick it up for $7.00 and read it along with me!
It’s still January, by far the looongest month in South Dakota. It’s both the best and the worst time for me to revisit the titular Monsieur Meursault in The Stranger by Albert Camus.
Albert Camus (1913-1960) was a French author, journalist, and philosopher associated with the philosophy known as absurdism. He is often lumped in with the existentialists of the time, though Camus rejected that label.
The Stranger is a novel published in 1942. It’s one of the most popular works by this important literary figure, and is quite short and non-intimidating for anyone wanting to read Camus for the first time. We currently have two in stock!
“Information is endlessly available to us; where shall wisdom be found?” is the crucial question with which renowned literary critic Harold Bloom begins this impassioned book on the pleasures and benefits of reading well. For more than forty years, Bloom has transformed college students into lifelong readers with his unrivaled love for literature. Now, at a time when faster and easier electronic media threatens to eclipse the practice of reading, Bloom draws on his experience as critic, teacher, and prolific reader to plumb the great books for their sustaining wisdom.
Shedding all polemic, Bloom addresses the solitary reader, who, he urges, should read for the purest of all reasons: to discover and augment the self. His ultimate faith in the restorative power of literature resonates on every page of this infinitely rewarding and important book.