Eugene Weekly : Winter Reading : 12.15.11

Winter Reading 2011

Winter Reading Book Reviews

Staff Picks

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Staff Picks

In this age of on-line shopping, the gentle art of browsing a bookstore is going the way of 8-tracks and tube tops. One of the more pleasurable pastimes for bookworms is perusing staff picks — those literate love letters penned by bookstore employees, urging upon you a favorite novel. Here are a few suggestions from Eugene’s professional bibliophiles.

Black Sun Books

• 1Q84 by Haruki Murakami

Every Thing On It by Shel Silverstein

The Tiger’s Wife by Téa Obreht

Pogo: The Complete Syndicated Comic Strips Vol. One by Walt Kelly 

Smith Family Bookstore

Downtown and Campus picks

Eric Leaf:

• Holidays on Ice by David Sedaris  

• Devil in the White City by Erik Larson  

• Never Let Me Go by Kazuo Ishiguro  

• Hunger Games Trilogy by Suzanne Collins


Evon Smith:

• Ursula, Under by Ingrid Hill

• Moonflower Vine by Jetta Carleton

• Mani: Travels in the Southern Peloponnese by Patrick Fermor 

• Wolf Hall by Hilary Mantel

• Soccer and Philosophy: Beautiful Thoughts on the Beautiful Game by Ted Richards, editor


Steve Altman:

• Great Expectations by Charles Dickens

• The Magicians by Lev Grossman

• Gormenghast Novels by Mervyn Peake

• Foundlings Tale Trilogy by DM Cornish (young adult)

• Hugo Cabret series by Brian Selznick (young adult)


Madeline Moulton: 

• Song of Fire and Ice series by George R.R. Martin

• Inheritance Cycle by Christopher Paolini

• My Antonia by Willa Cather

J. Michaels Books

The Swerve: How The World Became Modern by Stephen Greenblatt

Rome: A Cultural, Visual And Personal History by Robert Hughes

Van Gogh: The Life by Steven Naifeh & Gregory White Smith

A History Of The World In 100 Objects by Neil MacGregor 

• Detroit Disassembled: Photographs by Andrew Moore

Tsunami Books

• Outlander by Diana Gabaldon

Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte

If On A Winter’s Night a Traveler by Italo Calvino

A Confederacy of Dunces by John Kennedy Toole

White Teeth by Zadie Smith

Hopscotch by Julio Cortazar

The Knife of Never Letting Go by Patrick Ness

The Death of Artemio Cruz by Carlos Fuentes