We've had two book clubs meet at Camalli this week, and it's been great fun listening in on their discussions. One group just finished Eat, Pray, Love, while the other group read Mountains Beyond Mountains. Eat, Pray, Love has been one of the best sellers at the store since we opened back in August, and it's keeping a top position along with Three Cups of Tea, Water for Elephants, and Snow Flower and the Secret Fan. Just recently Timothy Egan's The Worst Hard Time has been flying off the shelves. Egan will be in Bend at the end of the month along with an impressive line up of authors and poets for The Nature of Words. I'm currently reading Benjamin Percy's Refresh, Refresh: Stories. Percy will also be here for The Nature of Words, and his short story collection is filled with references to Bend and Central Oregon; it's a wonderful read.
Also on the nightstand right now is Mister Pip, which has been short-listed for the Man Booker prize. From the short list I've also read On Chesil Beach and The Reluctant Fundamentalist. I'm very much enjoying Mister Pip, but I think The Reluctant Fundamentalist remains my favorite so far. Still to read from the short list: Animal's People, Darkmans, and The Gathering.
But before I get to the next Man Booker title, I'm reading up on my dinosaurs . . . Camalli's next story time is Thursday, October 18 at 10:00 a.m., and we'll be reading about dinosaurs. Nothing scary; we'll keep this fun and colorful for the preschool crowd.