Tuesday, August 31, 2010

An Evening with the Warwick's Booksellers

On the night of August 24th, we hosted our annual Evening with the Warwick's Booksellers (or, Bookclub Recommendation Night, or, Bookclub Night, etc.) where six of our finest booksellers shared their favorite book picks of the season with all who cared to stop by and listen. In case you missed it, here are their selections, with a little personal flair from each of them: 

You can also listen to the audio podcast of the talk right here:

Still Missing by Chevy Stevens - "Centered around an escaped kidnap victim and detailing her capture, incarceration, escape, and ongoing recovery, Still Missing is an engrossing read. It possesses wit that engages, suspense that thrills, and a twist, which will rock readers."

Juliet by Anne Fortier - "Juliet is the story of Julie Jacobs, a young woman who is drawn into the mysterious and very real world of Shakespeare’s most famous warring families - that's right, Romeo & Juliet. This is a fast-paced, intriguing story, which brought to mind other fabulous tales that intertwined two time periods and stories to make for one excellent novel, namely The Thirteenth Tale, The Eight, and Kate Mosse’s Labyrinth."

Saving CeeCee Honeycutt by Beth Hoffman - "This seemingly simple story of a newly motherless girl taken in by her great aunt is truly superb. It is both laugh out loud and cry in the dark, a multi-dimensional story wrapped in the fa├žade of a light and easy read. This is one of those books that you put down, and then pick right back up because you must find someone else to read it and enjoy it with you."

Revolution by Jennifer Donnelly - "On sale October 12 - this is one of those books that sucks you in emotionally and rivets with its dramatic prose and utterly fantastic plot. The characters are brilliantly depicted and the research that went into describing the atmosphere and the horrors of the French Revolution is thorough and impressive. I cannot praise this novel enough."

Medium Raw by Anthony Bourdain - "Who doesn't know Bourdain now? Medium Raw is his follow-up to Kitchen Confidential, the book that made you cringe a little bit about what might be happening in the kitchen of your favorite fine restaurant and inspired many to try eating the "nasty bits" of animals. Here is Bourdain once again: raw, nasty, exaggerating, cussing, and gifted with a fine palette and a pen to go with it. If nothing else, the chapter about Justo Thomas, the seafood butcher for Le Bernardin, wholly justifies reading this book."

Exploring Happiness by Sissela Bok - "Is happiness a worthy goal for a human life?  Should the pursuit of of fulfillment or moral virtue have a higher priority?  How can so many bad people be happy?  Does that raise problems for our ideas of the relationship of happiness to ethical action?  To what are we even referring when we refer to happiness?  Why is misery so much easier than happiness to put into words?  Brilliant philosopher and one of the masters of the "yes, but" question, Sissela Bok, raises and discusses these questions and others in this learned and pithy combination of intellectual history, cultural criticism, and philosophical exploration of happiness."

The Shallows: What the Internet is Doing to Our Brains by Nicholas Carr - "In The Shallows - an expansion of his controversial Atlantic article, "Is Google Making Us Stupid?" - Carr argues that as we spend more and more time using the internet, the more we lose are ability to concentrate and to engage in the kinds of thought associated with deep, focused contemplation. Although I am not entirely convinced by his arguments, I found this a truly thought-provoking read. Carr's account of technological transformation over time from the emergence of writing through the printing press through radio and tv to the internet is especially compelling. Lots of food for thought and discussion in this book!"

Wide Awake: A Memoir of Insomnia by Patricia Morrisroe - "Filled with humorous and revealing anecdotes, Patricia Morrisroe's memoir tells of her quest for sleep amidst the 32 billion-dollar-a-year sleep industry. We follow along as she explores behavior modification, drugs, artificial light, hypnosis, costly mattresses, music therapy, orthodontia, ice hotels, and more. A mix of reporting and memoir, this book should appeal to readers who have liked other works of immersive reporting such as, for example, Bill Buford's Heat or Mary Roach's Stiff."

Labor Day by Joyce Maynard - "On Labor Day weekend Henry and his mother Adele befriend Ben in a shopping center parking lot and invite him to their home. Then they find out he’s an escaped felon.  Despite that, fatherless Henry and his mother are enamored with the man. This book caught me off guard with its poignant conclusion. Fine writing captures each character’s personalities and emotions."

Star Island by Carl Hiaasen - "Hiassen has said that his books are based on incidents that have happened in South Florida…or ones that will happen. Cherry Pye, a celebrity for being a celebrity, is so wasted most of the time that there is a professional look-alike who takes her place. One paparazzo chasing after Cherry Pye ends up kidnapping her look-alike by accident. What ensues is classic Hiassen, with such characters as Chemo (who has a weed whacker for a prosthesis,) and Skink, the former governor of Florida in hiding in the swamps, making an appearance when needed."

The Lotus Eaters by Tatjana Soli - "Only weeks before the fall of Saigon, photojournalist Helen Adams follows the tide of events as Americans and South Vietnamese flee the downfall of the city. I found this incredibly well told, as if I were accompanying characters throughout the tumult, A fictional war story with a personal perspective that is astonishing in its detail."

Every Last One by Anna Quindlen - "When the Latham family thinks they intimately know someone, a shocking and unexpected event dramatically changes this outlook. Quindlen’s is profound in her descriptions of the family’s transition from the ordinary to the extraordinary. Quindlen beautifully describes the interactions of family members as they struggle through their relationships. No one can prepare them for the trauma they will face within a few days. This is a remarkable addition to Anna Quindlen’s prolific writing career."

One Day by David Nicholls - "Funniest book I read this summer! David Nicholls had me laughing out loud (which I rarely do) and at other times, feeling very sad for these characters. Em and Dex have a ‘one night stand’ on July 15th, 1988, their last day of college. The author takes you to July 15th for the next twenty years. Do they end up together? Do they fulfill those dreams and desires we all have when we’re just starting ‘life’?"

Let the Great World Spin by Colum McCann - "Best book I read this year. So well done! This book takes place in one day, the day the Phillip Petit walked between the twin towers in 1974. The towers, and Petit are the background to this poignant story of how ordinary people’s lives become extraordinary in their interactions with each other." (Winner of the 2009 National Book Award for Fiction.)

Every Man Dies Alone by Hans Fallada - "This book is not just another story about the Germans resistance to what was happening during WWII. This story takes hold of you and won’t let you go. Unbelievable to think this was written in only twenty-four days. It truly does make you feel 'This is how it was. This is what happened.'"

Wolf Hall by Hilary Mantel - "Told from Thomas Cromwell’s perspective, Hilary Mantel does a fabulous job of taking us to Henry VIII’s court, from the political intrigue that occurred to the ordinary daily routines in Cromwell’s family life. This is a historical feast with more meat than your average period romp."  (Winner of the 2009 Man Booker Prize.)

The Natural Laws of Good Luck by Ellen Graf - "Ellen Graf, a sculptor living on a farm in upstate New York, decided to travel to China to meet her friend's brother. Almost immediately, in spite of a serious language barrier, they decided to marry. Was it lust or love at first sight? Neither. It was a leap of faith unlike anything I have ever read. Even better, this book is a true story. Graf 's memoir is a beautiful illustration of what those marriage vows of "For Better or Worse, For Richer or Poorer, In Sickness and In Health" really mean."

Summer at Tiffany by Marjorie Hart - "New York City in any decade is an exciting place to visit. If you could choose any decade, which would it be? As for me, I would choose the 1940’s – the classiest of all modern decades. Imagine my delight then, when I discovered this little gem of a book, Summer At Tiffany. This memoir recounts the summer of adventure Iowa natives Marjorie and her best friend Marty enjoyed as the first female pages at Tiffany. Mrs. Hart opens a door for you to step back and soak in all the glamour of that classy decade and New York City in her glory days."

Crazy for the Storm by Norman Ollestad - "Norman Ollestad was only 11 years old in 1979 when he, his father, his father’s girlfriend, and the pilot flying their small charter plane crashed into a California mountain during a blizzard. Only Norman survived. How did this young boy survive such a disaster? Mr. Ollestad tells his incredible story in a style reminiscent of Ernest Hemingway. I could not put this fascinating book down. Young Norman and his father will capture your imagination and admiration as well."

Unfinished Business by Lee Kravitz - "When Mr. Kravitz lost his job as a successful magazine editor, his sense of identity crumbled. Serendipity prevailed when he took a few days to sort through boxes of stored keepsakes and photos. It occurred to Mr. Kravitz that before he embarked on a new career search, he had to attend to mending fences in his family and friendships. This inspirational book documents his year long quest to resolve his “unfinished business."

The Thousand Autumns of Jacob de Zoet by David Mitchell - "While this novel is a bit of a departure from Mitchell’s usual genre-bending fare (Cloud Atlas, Ghostwritten, Number9Dream) it is every bit as stunningly brilliant as his previous work and should act as his conduit to a much larger global readership and perhaps that elusive Booker Prize. (He's been nominated for the 4th time with this book.) The best endorsement I can offer is this: David Mitchell is my favorite author."

Super Sad True Love Story by Gary Shteyngart - "Shteyngart's (the author of Absurdistan) hilarious new novel is a vision of a dystopic, barely functionally illiterate future America filled with retail outlets like Assluxury.com, endless streaming video images on handheld mobile devices, and a crippling fear of the decaying stench of books.  Are we so far off from ending up like this?" (Gary's Warwick's Questionnaire)

American Rust by Philipp Meyer - "Meyer’s debut novel of bad decisions made in a dying Pennsylvania steel town is sad, powerful stuff. The jacket comparisons to Cormac McCarthy are not without merit, as Meyer’s sparse prose rings as true as hammer to anvil and the poor, life-defining choices made by the characters throughout are ripe for a Coen Brothers adaptation."  (A 2009 New York Times Notable book and winner of the 2009 LA Times Book Prize.)

The Tiger: A True Story of Vengeance and Survival by John Vaillant - "Vaillant weaves together the fascinating history of the Far East of Russia – an impoverished area essentially locked in a far-off time, even after the fall of the Iron Curtain – with the search for a remarkably intelligent, man-hunting Siberian tiger.  The moral herein: don't steal food from a tiger and if you shoot him, make sure he's dead. An absolutely incredible story that reads better than most fiction out there."

Everything Matters! by Ron Currie, Jr. - "The best book I read in 2009, now fresh out in paperback. How would you live your life if you were born the smartest person on the planet and had an all-knowing, all-seeing voice inside your head that told you that, without a shadow of a doubt, the world would end in a fiery comet collision around your 36th birthday?"

Monday, August 30, 2010

It's Roald Dahl Month!

In celebration of Roald Dahl month (his birthday would have fallen on September 13th) and the upcoming release of The Missing Golden Ticket and Other Splendiferous Secrets (the missing chapter from Charlie and the Chocolate Factory), Mr. Dahl will be the featured author in the Children’s Book Department at Warwick's for the month of September. Along with a special in-store display of Dahl’s books, we will also have a variety of Roald Dahl inspired giveaways for our young customers!

Dahl is an extraordinary author whose work has in some way touched, entertained, or in some cases frightened, us all (let’s face it, The Witches is pretty scary.) Whether drawn to his work after having seen one of the many films adapted from his stories, or having picked up one of his books as a child, the works of Roald Dahl have managed to influence the imaginations of readers for decades. Whether we've been drawn to the honesty of his autobiography Boy or sucked into the fantasy of James and the Giant Peach, we all manage to find something that calls to us in Dahl’s words.

We recently polled our the booksellers with the question “What’s your favorite Roald Dahl work, which did you or do you still pick up to read over and over again?” The abundance of written works by Dahl (numbering well into the 60’s according to roalddahl.com) makes it rather difficult to pinpoint a specific beloved story (it’s like having to pick your favorite all time movie without the benefit of segregating by genre), but when asked, it was surprising how quickly and diversely the Warwick’s staff replied. Here are their responses:

Emily: Matilda

John: Charlie and the Chocolate Factory

Seth: The Twits

Heather: Danny the Champion of the World

James: James and the Giant Peach

Scott: Fantastic Mr. Fox

Steven: The Witches

Jan: The BFG

Adrian: Tales of the Unexpected

Janet: George’s Marvelous Medicine

Susan: James and the Giant Peach

What are your favorite Roald Dahl books?  Write in and let us know!

Monday, August 23, 2010

The Warwick's Questionnaire: Melanie Rehak

The so-called Proust Questionnaire was originally a 19th-century parlor game designed to reveal bits of the soul, personality, & deep secrets of the participants through a series of pointed questions.  Versions of the quiz were re-popularized in the 20th-century by Vanity Fair and Inside the Actors Studio.  Our version - The Warwick's Questionnaire - is a series of ten questions designed to plumb the depths of the souls of visiting authors.

Melanie Rehak is the author of the brand-new Eating For Beginners: An Education in the Pleasures of Food From Chefs, Farmers, and One Picky Kid.  Her previous book, Girl Sleuth, was the recipient of two prestigious mystery awards, the Edgar (for Best Critical/Biographical Work) and the Agatha (for Best Nonfiction.)  She also writes the food column Paper Palate for Bookforum.com and passionately hates celery.

1. What do you consider your greatest achievement?
  • Right now?  That I got on a plane with a two and a half week old baby and flew cross-country just because my older son is so obsessed with surfing I didn’t want him to miss out this summer.  Usually? That I now know what to do with delicata squash and all that zucchini they always have at the farmer’s market.
2. What is your greatest fear?
  • That I’ll realize I don’t actually like zucchini. Or that I won’t be able to think of any more books to write and I’ll be out of a career since writing is pretty much the only thing I’m good at.
3. If you were a superhero, what would your power be?
  • The ability to make people forget that Facebook and Twitter exist for at least three to four hours every day.
4. If you could bring one writer back from the dead, who would it be?
5. What is your most treasured possession?
  • A late 19th-century watch that belonged to my grandfather and then my father.
6. What do you dislike the most about your appearance?
  • My eye bags (though I try to convince myself that eye bags are a writerly affliction to have, and at least they’re a far better one than being an alcoholic or a chain smoker)
7. What are you most looking forward to seeing on your tour stop in San Diego?
  • My older son in the ocean - it’s pure, unmitigated, contagious joy.
8. What is your least favorite vegetable?
  • Celery. Celery, celery, celery!
9. If you had to cook one meal for Nancy Drew, what would it be?  (Melanie's previous book was Girl Sleuth: Nancy Drew and the Women Who Created Her.)
  • Tea sandwiches made with local ingredients.
10. What is your motto?
  • "You’re not made of sugar; you won’t melt."  My father always said this to me when it rained but I think it applies in any situation.
Melanie Rehak will be at Warwick's on Wednesday, August 25th at 7:30pm to discuss and sign her new book, Eating for Beginners.

Wednesday, August 18, 2010

Gary Shteyngart: Super Sad, Super Funny

Gary Shteyngart and The Warwick's Staff
Can't Stop Loving the Camera
Gary Shteyngart, critically acclaimed bestselling author of Absurdistan and The Russian Debutante’s Handbook stopped by Warwick’s on Wednesday August 11th, to read from his latest, Super Sad True Love Story, a brilliant, hilarious, super sad (of course) look into a dystopian future ruled by personal electronic gadgets, credit scores, male hotness ratings and a cowboy-hat-wearing cartoon otter. You can watch the complete video below and be wowed by Mr Shteyngart’s driving skills, diminutive stature, charming self-deprecating humor, chameleon-like ability to pivot from New York Guy accent to Russian speaking elderly Jewish lady mid-sentence and his intestinal fortitude as he cut through a thorny thicket of questions with his machete-like wit about what it’s like in Russia and if he’s ever touched a student. Capitivating stuff. Trust us, most of the staff was on hand for one of the best events of the year.

Still reading?  Can't get enough of this event?  You're in luck, as we also have the audio from Mr. Shteyngart's appearance conveniently squeezed into a reasonably sized  mp3 file, which, for the purposes of branding we are calling The Warwick's Bookcast.

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Monday, August 16, 2010

The Warwick's Questionnaire: David Herlihy

The so-called Proust Questionnaire was originally a 19th-century parlor game designed to reveal bits of the soul, personality, & deep secrets of the participants through a series of pointed questions.  Versions of the quiz were re-popularized in the 20th-century by Vanity Fair and Inside the Actors Studio.  Our version - The Warwick's Questionnaire - is a series of ten questions designed to plumb the depths of the souls of visiting authors.

Historian & Bostonian, David V. Herlihy is the author of Bicycle: The History and the brand-new, The Lost Cyclist: The Epic Tale of an American Adventurer and His Mysterious Disappearance.  If Hitler had invented the bicycle, David may have had to rethink some of his answers in our Questionnaire. 

David Herlihy, proud Cinelli owner
1. What do you consider your greatest achievement?
  • I’d say producing my latest book.  Second was beating Mark Allen (the future six (sic) time ironman) in a 9th grade cross-country run.
2. What is your greatest fear?
  • Not making an impact.
3. If you were a superhero, what would your power be?
  • Seeing through things.
4. If you could bring one writer back from the dead, who would it be?
  • Maybe Edgar Allen Poe.  He’d have a lot to reveal about the afterlife.
5. Who is your favorite character from history?
6. Who is your least favorite character from history?
  • Hitler.
Pierre Lallemont on his Velocipede
7. What is your most treasured possession?
8. What do you dislike the most about your appearance?
  • Right now it would have to be the extra pounds.
9. What are you most looking forward to seeing on your tour stop in San Diego?
  • The shoreline.
10. What is your motto?
  • Never give up.
David Herlihy will be at Warwick's on Thursday, August 19th at 7:30pm to discuss and sign his new book, The Lost Cyclist.

Monday, August 9, 2010

The Warwick's Questionnaire: Elizabeth Brundage

The so-called Proust Questionnaire was originally a 19th-century parlor game designed to reveal bits of the soul, personality, & deep secrets of the participants through a series of pointed questions.  Versions of the quiz was re-popularized in the 20th-century by Vanity Fair and Inside the Actors Studio.  Our version - The Warwick's Questionnaire - is a series of ten questions designed to plumb the depths of the souls of visiting authors.

Elizabeth Brundage is the author of the novels The Doctor's Wife, Somebody Else's Daughter, and the brand-new A Stranger Like You.  She is a graduate of the world-renowned creative writing MFA program at the University of Iowa (known as the Iowa Writers' Workshop.)  She lives with her family in New York State, where she avoids the Empire State Building at all costs.

1. What do you consider your greatest achievement?
  • My kids of course!
Elizabeth Brundage: not afraid of a few questions.
2. What is your greatest fear?

  • Falling off a skyscraper.
3. If you were a superhero, what would your power be?

  • The ability to fly, become invisible, and speak every existing language fluently including dog, cat and horse.
4. If you could bring back one writer from the dead, who would it be?

  • James Joyce.
5. What is your most treasured possession?

  • My corkscrew.
6. What do you dislike most about your appearance?

  • My feet. Bunions the size of radishes.
7. What are you most looking forward to seeing on your tour stop in San Diego?

  • The Polar Bears at the San Diego zoo. I’m a bear fan.
8. Present job as novelist aside, what would your preferred occupation be?

  • Gourmet chef! I’ll have to learn to cook first, though.
9. Who is your favorite author from the Iowa Writer’s Workshop?
10. What is your motto?

  • Lock and load.
Elizabeth Brundage will be at Warwick's on Tuesday, August 17th at 7:30pm to discuss and sign her new novel, A Stranger Like You.

Thursday, August 5, 2010

Warwick's Books Presents Don Winslow

He Ain't Heavy, He's My Brother
Don Winslow, a great bestselling Southern California author, but also a great friend of the store, dropped by Warwick’s July 19th, 2010, to read and discuss his latest novel, Savages. Don talked about what influenced him and the inspiration he took from the filmmakers of the French New Wave for the style and structure of Savages, with its short jump cuts and fast pace. He also took questions about such things as his upcoming prequel to the legendary novel Shibumi by the late Trevanian and shared with the packed house the pitfalls of sharing the name Don Winslow with an author of, shall we say, downmarket adult fare. Ahem.

Signed copies of Savages, Winslow’s blazingly fast-paced crime noir of the SoCal/Mexican border drug trade, are still available for sale at Warwick’s.

Wednesday, August 4, 2010

Still Missing

by Heather
You know when you pick up a book thinking that you want to read it, but something about it makes you keep pushing it to the bottom of the pile? That’s how I felt about Still Missing, a debut novel by Chevy Stevens. Centered around a kidnapping victim and detailing her capture, imprisonment, escape, and ongoing recovery, Still Missing promised to expose those dark horrifying elements that so often appeal to me, but for some reason (probably the thought of reading about something that is all too relevant in today’s times) I just couldn’t bring myself to delve into it. This is very unlike me. Usually, the darker the better, I mean who else raves about the beauty of Gillian Flynn’s prose as her character Camille cuts majestic, harsh, and haunting words into her own skin? Maybe there was something wrong with me, who knows, but a couple of months ago I finally got around to it and took it to bed with me. Not exactly the kind of book you snuggle up with, the imagery is apt to cause a distinct lack of sleep, but I did it anyway. And yes, I did lose sleep, but not for the reasons you think. The lack of sleep was directly related to the fact that I just did not want to stop reading.

Chevy Stevens manages to make a horrific subject matter digestible. Her character, Annie, shows a remarkable dark humor, which she uses to maneuver around a world that is no longer and might not ever be safe. While her captivity could be described in a visceral manner, it is not, rather she (Annie) is upfront with the reader (the book is written in first person as told to her psychiatrist) about her experience; her feelings after her abduction, how she survived mentally during it, and how she now stumbles through life, spending her nights sleeping in a closet in order to feel secure. She manages to convey a delightfully sarcastic, occasionally dark sense of humor that not only endears her to the reader, but also allows us to see how she managed to survive so long in such a horrendous situation, while maintaining most of her sanity. The true genius of this novel is that never was I so appalled that I had to put it down. The transitions between time periods are smooth, and although the acts of violence are described, never are they too detailed or too shocking. When dealing with this type of subject matter it is easy to get engrossed in the brutality, but Stevens manages to convey the acts, while not overwhelming the reader with the vicious details.

This was an engrossing read. It also possesses wit that engages, suspense that thrills, and a twist, which will rock readers. I highly recommend Still Missing to fans of Gillian Flynn, Chelsea Cain, and Lisa Unger, or for anyone who loves a good psychological thriller.

Tuesday, August 3, 2010

The Warwick's Questionnaire: Gary Shteyngart

The so-called Proust Questionnaire was originally a 19th-century parlor game designed to reveal bits of the soul, personality, & deep secrets of the participants through a series of pointed questions.  Marcel Proust was a big fan of the game and took the quiz several times during his lifetime - enthusiastically enough that the world has named the quiz after him.  Modern versions can be seen in the back pages of Vanity Fair (take the interactive quiz on vanityfair.com) and from James Lipton, host of Inside the Actor's Studio ("What is a sound you love?" etc.)  But nothing screams 19th-century parlor game like an independent bookstore in California, right?  So we've devised a ten question version of the Proust Questionnaire that we will be posing to the authors that visit the store.

Gary Shteyngart, author of the critically acclaimed novels The Russian Debutante's Handbook, Absurdistan, and the brand-new Super Sad True Love Story, was kind enough to be the very first participant in our debut version of the Warwick's Questionnaire - ten questions designed to reveal the dark reaches of an author's soul.  Or something like that.  Gary's answers mostly have to do with boiling water and Mark Twain. 

Gary Shteyngart, willing participant
1. What do you consider your greatest achievement?
  • Turning 38 without learning how to drive or boil water.
2. What is your greatest fear?
  • Dying in a car crash or being horribly burned by boiling water.
3. If you were a superhero, what would your power be?
  • The power to drive while using a tea kettle.
4. If you could bring one writer back from the dead, who would it be?
  • Mark Twain.  Duh.
5. What is your most treasured possession?
  • A Stalin-era copy of Tom Sawyer in Russian.
6. What do you dislike the most about your appearance?
  • The stuff below the neck.  The head's not great either.
7. What are you most looking forward to seeing on your tour stop in San Diego?
  • The Pacific Ocean. I've heard good things!
8. Was James Franco your prettiest student? (Actor Franco was one of Gary's students in the Creative Writing MFA program at Columbia University.)
  • Columbia is known for its hot student bod. He blended in nicely.
9. If dachshunds didn't exist, what would be your favorite dog? (Gary owns a longhaired wiener dog.  Not a euphemism.)
  • If dachshunds didn't exist I wouldn't want to live either.  Who would make me smile?
10. What is your motto?
  • "Can you please boil some tea for me and then drive me to the airport?"
Gary Shteyngart will be at Warwick's on Wednesday, August 11th at 7:30pm to discuss and sign his new novel, Super Sad True Love Story.  Check out the book trailer: