When we asked Garth Stein to share his nightstand reading, the Seattle author of The Art of Racing in the Rain sent us a photo of a rather intriguing tower of books in his to-read pile. Here are his comments on the next four books he’ll be reading:
Bonk by Mary Roach
It’s got a great title. I heard Mary Roach on NPR and she sounded fascinating.
Flight of the Goose by Lesley Thomas
This is a book I’ve been meaning to read for a long time because of my Alaskan roots. I hope to get to it before the end of the summer!
Fast Guys, Rich Guys, and Idiots: A Racing Odyssey on the Border of Obsession by Sam Moses
I am looking forward to reading this classic racing memoir. Now that I know Sam, I hope I can keep a straight face while hearing his stories!
Angels in America by Tony Kushner
I have an idea for a story and I think there may be something relevant in here. I’ve seen the play, seen the TV movie, now I want to read the play to catch all of Kushner’s writing style….
Editor’s interruption: Okay, it might be corny, but since this fabulous author was being so helpful and sent us a photo and everything, we asked him what Enzo, the canine narrator of The Art of Racing in the Rain, would be reading:
Enzo’s stack (recently read):
Animal Farm by George Orwell
A true classic. Everyone knows that pigs glorify themselves. Perhaps Orwell was, himself, part pig.
The Social Contract by Jean-Jacques Rousseau
Rousseau’s thesis that we must all sacrifice certain of our liberties for the greater good is very relevant in today’s society.
You can catch Garth Stein reading from The Art of Racing in the Rain this fall at the Ballard Branch: Thursday, September 25, 6:30 p.m.