November 2014

Dear Reader,Maybe it's the 25 year anniversary, maybe it's just in our DNA as they say, but at DIESEL we like to CELEBRATE! One party after another -- for books, for music, for authors, for bookstores, for ideas, for fun! We hope you've caught many of the celebratory events we've been having this year.  But the year isn't over! Come join us in celebrating wonderful books for kids and adults and engage in mind-altering conversation with authors, fellow-readers, and booksellers this month. Check out the event listings to the left and click through to our website for more details. We are filling up to capacity with fine gift books and extraordinary titles for the holidays. May you gather and celebrate the rising tide of cultural conversation at DIESELJohn & all DIESELfolk

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Summer House with Swimming Pool Cover Image
By Herman Koch, Sam Garrett (Translator)
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ISBN: 9780804138819
Availability: Special Order - Please call to confirm availability
Published: Hogarth - June 3rd, 2014

You won't love or even like a single character in this novel. Everyone is despicable. No good deed is what it seems. So why would you want to read it? Even though the story is dark, Koch builds strong characters who leave you wondering, "Why did she do that?" and "What is he doing now?" and "How is it all connected?" It's story that generates more questions than it answers, which will probably make it a big book club hit like Koch's earlier book, The Dinner. -- Alan

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The Birds of Pandemonium Cover Image
ISBN: 9781616201364
Availability: Backordered - May take 3 weeks or more to arrive
Published: Algonquin Books - October 7th, 2014

This is an extraordinary story of commitment, love and devotion. Raffin has created a sanctuary for rare and endangered birds, completely surrounding her California home with professionally maintained aviaries to protect, preserve and propagate over 300 species.  Her driven obsession for the birds' survival is an inspiration, and her descriptions of the various birds' behavior and emotional lives are a delight. This is an exemplary tale of perseverance, diligence and heartfelt sacrifice on behalf of feathered creatures in desperate need of help. -- John Evans

The Wallcreeper Cover Image
ISBN: 9780989760713
Availability: Not On Our Shelves - Available within 1 to 5 Days
Published: Dorothy a Publishing Project - October 1st, 2014

Steady yourself Newsletter Reader, here comes a superlative: The Wallcreeper is (okay . . . along with the book I'm reviewing next month -- so best stay steadied!) the best debut novel I've read this year. Nell Zink's humor is never so prickly or wit so pointed as they are razor sharp and ready for blood. We could call it a frank domestic tale of two people's juggling-act of a marriage -- their wayward eye horniness flying high over large swathes of Europe as their synchronized affection for birds falls to earth -- but this wouldn't do justice to Zink's penetrating reflection on perhaps the most ecological of questions, as earthy as it is philosophical, "Just what the hell are we doing here?"What we find in The Wallcreeper is that the answers to questions like this are usually tucked where you often look last -- where you, the one wondering, already are, hopped up on hormones (not always yours), mournful of mistakes (mostly yours), and an integral part of the world you wish you could save (always). Read this book. Blush at the frank sex. Laugh at the jokes. And, we're told in the end, "Learn, learn, and once again learn." -- Brad Johnson

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The Best of Everything Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780143035299
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Published: Penguin Books - May 31st, 2005

An utterly addictive novel about a group of young women who work at a publishing company in New York City. The obvious thing to say is, "If you like Mad Men, then you'll love this book!" -- and that's absolutely true. I also think it's true that Mad Men wouldn't exist without it. Written in 1958, The Best of Everything is a wonderful read that -- unfortunately? -- will continue to resonate with the working women of today. Jaffe is funny and brutally honest. -- Anna Kaufman

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The Boys in the Boat: Nine Americans and Their Epic Quest for Gold at the 1936 Berlin Olympics Cover Image
ISBN: 9780143125471
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Penguin Books - May 27th, 2014

If you like great narrative nonfiction like Unbroken, or the lesser known but wonderful River of Doubt, you'll love Boys in the Boat! It's the story of the 1936 US Olympic crew team from Seattle, Washington. At the time, rowing was an eastern establishment sport at schools like Princeton, Cornell and Harvard, stroked by blue-blood sons of industry. The Washington team, however, was manned entirely by working-class boys, a couple even orphaned early. This comparatively ragtag crew had such heart and unity, combined with familiarity and tolerance for pain, they qualified for the Olympics in Berlin. It is certainly a haunting picture of burgeoning Nazi Germany, but also a triumph of will and discipline from the US team (a la contemporaries like Seabiscuit and Louis Zamperini). -- Mia Wigmore 

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Fully Booked - Ink on Paper: Design and Concepts for New Publications Cover Image
By Andrew Losowsky (Editor), R. Klanten (Editor), M. Hubner (Editor), Sven Ehmann (Editor)
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ISBN: 9783899554649
Availability: Out of Print
Published: Gestalten - March 22nd, 2013

The growing popularity of ebooks has caused many writers and artists to reconsider the printed page and the many ways it can be manipulated into an object that could never be recreated digitally. Fully Booked explores the burgeoning letterpress and book-arts movement, documenting the processes behind these works of art and offering excellent, full-color photographs of the finished products. This is a must-have for anyone who truly loves books not just for the stories they contain, but for their wonderful physicality. Fully Booked proves that print-on-paper has a wild and varied future that Johannes Gutenberg could never have imagined. -- Will Kaufman

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Egg and Spoon Cover Image
ISBN: 9780763672201
Availability: Backordered - May take 3 weeks or more to arrive
Published: Candlewick - September 9th, 2014

Egg & Spoon is like The Prince and the Pauper on a train, but with girls in Tsarist Russia. It's a reinvention of Baba Yaga as a wisecracking time traveler bound by her own peculiar set of social conventions. It's a tale of tortured intellectuals, hunger and fear. It's a story of imperial pomp and courtly excess. It's a cavalcade of Russian myth from the Ice Dragon of the North to The Firebird. It might also be a parable about global warming, positive action and the redemptive power of kindness. In short, it's epic in scope, rich in everything, funny, clever and thought-provoking. -- Clare Doornbos