|Jörn, as he's come to be known, is a voracious reader who holds a particular distaste for lazy writing – especially (oh, dear) adverbs that end with the letters -ly. He can often be found judging books by their covers near the Octagon at the front of the store, where the newest novels reside. His spirit animal is the bear – the word for bear in Norse is björn – so his complete and entire existence can be summed up in his Job Title: Jörn the Bookbjörn, Flörn Manager. His least favorite words are basically and literally.|
When a manned mission to Mars fails because of unexpectedly strong winds, Mark Watney is thought to be lost to the storm. The remaining crew, on their way back to Earth, mourn his death. But Mark is not dead. Now, growing food in a small habitat, Watney must survive somehow ... and hope that NASA realizes that he is still very much alive. —Jon
Though the three main characters in this book are dissimilar, their thoughts and actions are wholly real. Bird is a Huron warrior seeking revenge after his wife and daughters are killed by the Iroquois. Snow Falls is an Iroquois girl who has an iron will to stay alive after being taken by the Huron. And tagging along while on a mission to “tame the sauvages” is a Jesuit priest the Huron call the Crow. As brutal as A Game of Thrones, this book seeks to encapsulate what it was to be alive in Canada in the 1600s. —Jon
The life of Atticus O'Sullivan is ... interesting. He owns and operates a New Age bookstore in Tempe, AZ. He has an Irish wolfhound. He rides his bike to work. He helps his widowed neighbor with yard work. Oh, and he's a Druid who is older than Christianity. And you know about all the gods and goddesses that you read about in mythology books? Yeah, they're real. But hiding. In plain sight. And some of them despise Atticus. —Jon
One of the first things you learn in an Intro to Creative Writing class is that you should show, not tell, your readers what you want them to know, to feel. Kent Haruf, though, goes a step further. He has the gift of subtly easing you into a feeling without shoving it in your face. He wrote this book while he was dying, and knowing that adds another layer onto the beautiful prose that makes up every page of this wonderful little book. —Jon
Imagine Dr Sheldon Cooper (from The Big Bang Theory) attempting to find a wife by using a science-based questionnaire. Don Tillman is a genetics professor. He is socially inept and exceedingly punctual. Rosie, though, is not really any of these things. Do opposites attract, or is Don Tillman destined to be alone forever (though Don would argue not forever; we must all pass away at some point)? This is a hilarious book that will keep you reading through the night. Its only downfall is that it had to end at some point. But fret not! Book two is also available: The Rosie Effect. —Jon
What makes life worth living in the face of death? This question is posed on the dust flap of the beautiful memoir, When Breath Becomes Air, by Dr. Paul Kalanithi, who was, at the age of 36, diagnosed with Stage IV metastatic lung cancer. He died about two years later. The book takes you on many journeys with Kalanithi, from his childhood adventures in Kingman, Arizona, through college, grad school, medical school, and into his time as a neurosurgical resident.
Read Jon's complete review of this book in Kudos »
If only all of us could face the looming end as well as [Hitchens] did. If only. In the pages of Mortality you will encounter the pain he went through and the sideeffects endured and the mercy of modern medicine in its attempt to lessen the grind of a slowly halting life.
Read Jon's complete review of this book in Kudos.
In typical Gaiman fashion, mythology and folklore creep into the fold at the best of times (and often without the reader, realizing it at first). I could share some secret morsels of stories with you but I feel that the best course of action is for you to pop over to The Peregrine Book Company (located near the corner of Sheldon and Cortez in downtown Prescott) and pick up a copy of any of his books, but especially Trigger Warning. You'll not be disappointed, I promise! –Jon
A revealing tale of addiction, loss, and rebirth, by the lead singer of the Red Hot Chili Peppers. Delve into the meaning behind their songs and into the head of Kiedis as he relives his past. –Jon
Prose from a contemporary master who is timeless in his delivery. Dialogue that transcends mere literature. Walk into the world where white noise is encased in postmodernism and spun like a dervish into your brain. –Jon
Enter the mind of a special young man who lost his father in the 9/11 attacks. Follow him through New York City, and into the memory of the friend and father that was torn from him. Experience the emotions that hinder him, but also help him grow beyond the tortured pain that attempts to devour him. –Jon
In an era where the vampire has been turned into a teenage heartthrob, this is not the norm. In this beautifully written novel, one is easily lost in the world created by Kostova. –Jon
An easily accessible book about String Theory and how we perceive time and space. –Jon
Read it! It might take you a while, but read it! I think this book changed the way I read novels. ―Jon
What it means to be young and smart, young and hopeful, and young and in love. What it means when those things are put in jeopardy. ―Jon
I don't even know what to say. Read it! Read it! So sadly wonderful, so wonderfully sad. What it means to feel. And what those feelings eventually blossom into. If I could only recommend one book, it is this one. ―Jon
Shakespeare. Star Wars. Together. Awesome. ―Jon
Alexis Ohanian, co-founder of reddit.com, tells his story of starting a startup. It is an easy read while at the same time being packed full of information concerning startups, the Internet, business ventures, and life in general. After selling reddit to Condé Nast, he got his nose into hipmunk.com and breadpig.com. A busy man, he still found time to write a great book. ―Jon
Despite the unwarranted controversy with almighty Oprah, this is a touching and at times horrifying story of one man's journey out of addiction and into recovery, out of recovery and into life. His prose is truly his own. His story will haunt and edify all at once. If you have encountered any kind of misfortune in your own life, then you can relate in some way to Mr Frey's own downfall and his eventual emergence from the ashes of his past. ―Jon
A cozy adventure that is original and easily accessible to both youngsters and adults. ―Jon