Summer Book Lovin’
Top Picks from the City’s Professional Bibliophiles
Thursday, July 17, 2008
For recommendations on what to read this summer, where better to go than straight to the source: to the men and women who staff our bookstores? Here’s what the employees and owners of bookshops across the city are reading this summer, and why.
David Follman, Employee, Chaucer’s Books
“You can do it on the beach, you can get sand on it, you can get it wet, and it’s still a book,” said Follman. “You can’t do this with your computer or your cell phone. You just get to sit and be quiet and have a whole show go on in your imagination. If you can’t afford a vacation, you can afford a book.” Follman recommends: The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao by Junot D-az, Good Omens by Terry Pratchett and Neil Gaiman, and The Whistling Season by Ivan Doig.
Leon Zimlich, Manager, Chaucer’s Books
Zimlich enjoys reading science fiction novels and recommends sci-fi for the summer, especially The Spies of Warsaw by Alan Furst, and the Priscilla Hutchins novels by Jack McDevitt. He also mentioned that Elizabeth Gilbert’s Eat Pray Love has been flying off the shelves. Indeed, it is number one on the New York Times Paperback Nonfiction List.
Jacobs recommends authors such as Joseph Conrad, Graham Greene, and Aldous Huxley for this summer. He says that since many old books are being made into movies, it’s good to know the background and understand what the author originally intended. “Now’s a good time to go back,” he said. He is currently reading Flashman and the Dragon by George MacDonald Fraser; he enjoys its tongue-in-cheek humor. He also recommends Jane Austen, a favorite of his wife and daughters. His number one recommendation, however, is Richard Brautigan’s In Watermelon Sugar.