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Reading Wednesday, Bookstore Backstage Edition

Working at a bookstore is somewhat akin to the old days of working at a magazine, in that I have access to pre-publication galleys. A *lot* of pre-publication galleys. A whole bookshelf full of galleys. OK, a bookshelf plus a rolling cart. I think it was technically my job to clean out the galleys last week. Oops.

Last week I took home Dream Cities by Wade Graham, a book on the utopian urban architectural ideas of folks like Frank Lloyd Wright and Le Corbusier -- you know, all the men I hate. But also a couple women, and some folks I don't know, and organized like this: Castles: The Romantic City; Monuments: The Ordered City; Slabs: the Rational City; Homesteads, Anticity; Corals: the Self-Organizing City; Malls: The Shopping City; Habitats: the Techno-Ecological City. Should be a fun read.

Pacific by Simon Winchester also looks intriguing., if a tad overreachy for my usual tastes. The Pacific Rim is where it's at! Two superpowers about to collide! Blah blah blah but also lots of travel writing stuff about little isolated islands, Alaska, and Tierra del Fuego, so why not.

I don't know if I will actually read The Big Rewind by Libby Cudmore. It's a murder mystery set in hipster Brooklyn involving an aspiring music journalist turned temp proofreader turned amateur sleuth. I will either love it or hate it. I would assume hate, but the author lists The Big Click as one of her credits, and on skim the writing looks snappy, so I am willing to give it a chance.

And, OK, I also took home a galley of Sheet-Pan Suppers. I also bought my first three books on employee discount, using up my entire first shift's wages to do so. So it goes.


Nothing to add, I just love everything about this. Have so been there with the immediately-giving-paycheck-back-to-employer! Let us know how you like The Big Rewind and if you find any great sheet-pan recipes...