Summer Booknotes from Our Staff

A Moment in the Sun by John Sayles (McSweeney’s)

Sayles has written a stunning, epic, panoramic, historical novel that reminds me of the writing of Dos Passos. Beginning in 1897, and spanning a five-year period, Sayles captures the era which includes the Yukon gold rush, a white insurrection in North Carolina, and the U.S. imperialist wars in Cuba and the Philippines. It is the “little people” who make the story. The scope and depth of this novel is hard to match. This is one of my favorite types of novels, historical and political, played out on the large stage of the world, and so all-embracing that it is positively Whitman-esque. –Greg

John Sayles joins us in the bookstore this evening, Wednesday, May 25, 2011 at 7 pm. If you would like a signed copy of A Moment in the Sun, please give us call at 206-624-6600 or toll free at 1-800-962-5311 and we would be happy to hold a book for pick up or send one out by mail.

Walking to Hollywood: Memories of Before the Fall by Will Self (Grove)

In his new book, a perpetually wayward Will Self investigates all manner of madness the only way he knows how—by strapping on his boots and walking to airports. Staged as a “memoir,” we follow the author as he meanders from London to LA to Yorkshire Cliffs. Along the way, he gleefully prods at conceptual art, dissects a bloated, self-reflexive Hollywood, repeatedly catalogs his compulsive disorders, and peers into the void of his own diminishing mind. A fantastical skewering of psychosis and modern culture, Walking to Hollywood is yet another riotous trip from this mordant and masterful twenty-first century satirist. –Matthew

Booknotes, the newsletter of The Elliott Bay Book Company, is written entirely by bookstore staff. It represents a sampling of recently published books that we have enjoyed reading. We appreciate every opportunity to assist in finding books to meet your interests.

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