Thursday, May 7, 2009
This week a fantastic book came out that I think everyone should read:
The Selected Works of T.S. Spivet by Reif Larsen. I think this book is magical. 12-year old T.S. Spivet, of Montana, is invited to the Smithsonian to speak of his cartography skills. They don't know he's 12. He decides to hobo it to Washington, not telling his parents where he's going. Along the way, he meets some memorable characters. He's not your everyday 12-year old. He's a genius, and his drawings (drawn by the author) grace the pages in marginalia that create an even richer story. This book is so much: train trip, coming-of-age, maps, culture, the old west vs the new west, and ultimately, family. Absolutely wonderful.
And if you still don't believe me, check out this blog from our friends at Green Apple Books in San Fransisco here.
Or check out the great website for the book here.
And after all that convincing, come to the Colfax store next week to meet Reif Larsen. He's a very nice guy who wrote a fantastic book. He'll be at the Colfax Avenue store Thursday, May 14th, at 7:30 p.m.
See you there! --Joe