What We’re Reading This Week

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DANITHAN

Men and Style: Essays, Interviews and Considerations by David Coggins

“’How do you begin to write about the way we dress?,’ asks David Coggins in the opening chapter of Men and Style, his new book celebrating men’s sartorial decisions and the reasons behind them. He then proceeds to answer this very question in the following pages of this book filled with wonderful anecdotes, essays, interviews with fellow fashionistas and trendsetters, and images throughout of the best-dressed men in history. For someone who puts a lot of thought behind my very subtle, but intentional ‘uniform,’ this book was engrossing to say the least. And the beautiful, clean cover design by John Gall, featuring Coggins’ own white bucks, is such a pleasure to look at. This is a highly accessible look into contemporary men’s style and its subtle, continual change.” You can find copies of Men and Style on our shelves and via bookpeople.com.

SUNNY

Letters to Emma Bowlcut by Bill Callahan

“I like Bill Callahan’s music and I was kind of surprised to see he has a book. I picked it up and it’s turning out to be really interesting. It’s letters between this guy and this lady, Emma Bowlcut, who met at a party. Actually all the letters are from him to her. But you learn about who she is and who he is through his letters, even though they only meet up in person a couple of times. The writing is very rhythmic, almost poetic. It’s a lot like a book of poems because the letters are so short.” You can find copies of Letters to Emma Bowlcut on our shelves and via bookpeople.com.

MAYA

Station Eleven by Emily St. John Mandel

Station Eleven is a post-apocalyptic novel that centers around a traveling group of actors in the Great Lakes region. The narrative jumps between the events leading up to the collapse of modern life, during, and then 20 years after. The book felt very real and uncomfortable at times because it shows what life would be like without all the technologies we have come to rely on, but it was worth it. I recommend it to anyone that’s alive.” You can find copies of Station Eleven on our shelves and via bookpeople.com.

GRIFFIN

Godel, Escher, Bach: An Eternal Golden Braid by Douglas R. Hofstadter

“It’s about making a system that describes itself out of math. So they’re trying to take all the numbers and words of math and create a code that will let you predict things about real math. This code will let you automatically see if something is true that normally you would have to do a lot of tests to determine. You can build things that way, it’s possible. Ultimately though there’s always the question of whether you can describe everything about a system from inside the system, so he talks about that. He comes to the idea of recursiveness: things repeating themselves at different scales, nested inside each other, different layers of hierarchy and which one’s higher ranking, etc. It’s very complex but the idea’s everywhere; it’s in music, it’s in Escher’s art where waterfalls will fall down into themselves. I’m really having to think hard about parts of it, and I’m enjoying that.” You can find copies of Godel, Escher, Bach on our shelves and via bookpeople.com.

BETHANY

Ancient Tillage by Raduan Nassar

“I’m excited to be reading one of the most important novels in Brazilian literature in anticipation of its release in English for the first time. Ancient Tillage tells the story of an adolescent boy who runs away from home to escape his longings for his own sister. It’s a little disconcerting to read at first because the sentences are a mile long and that makes it more difficult to follow what’s happening if you let your attention wander even a little. But for me it’s more than repaying the effort of concentration. The language is breathless, exuberant, intricate—basically, gorgeous. I’ve never read anything quite like this.” Ancient Tillage comes out January 31st. Pre-order now!

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