John's Staff Picks

Book List
$13.95
ISBN-13: 9780393338720
Availability: On Our Shelves (as of this morning)
Published: W. W. Norton & Company, 8/2010
So, you say you want to be a writer...eh? Read this book. Many times! The Triggering Town is one of the best writings-on-writing books I'll ever come across. Richard Hugo's advice is bold, hilarious, and completely sound: "To write a poem you must have a streak of arrogance—not in real life I hope. In real life try to be nice." With countless unabashed gems such as these, this book will leave you leafing through its pages, hunting for that one line that had you in stitches or made you cry. The only complaint I have about it is that it's too short! Once you read one essay, you'll barrel through the rest at a dangerous speed, then you'll read them out of order, backwards, on your head, ah! Hugo remains quotable, delectable, and completely irresistible.

Kafka on the Shore (Paperback)

$15.95
ISBN-13: 9781400079278
Availability: On Our Shelves (as of this morning)
Published: Vintage, 1/2006
If you like the Metamorphosis. If you like beaches. If you like rain. If you like raining fish. If you like raining leeches. If you like bibliophiles (or are one). If you like telepathic dogs and garrulous cats. If you like Jonnie Walker and Colonel Sanders. If you like hallucinations. If you like it when people don't explain things to you. If you like whodunits. If you like novels told from the first, second, and third person. If you like Beethoven's Archduke Trio. If you like alternate universes and interweaving plotlines. If you like Oedipus complexes. If you like the woods. If you like painting. If you like retrograde amnesia. If you like crows. If you'd like a good read...

$15.99
ISBN-13: 9780743270472
Availability: On Our Shelves (as of this morning)
Published: Scribner, 7/2007