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Green Apple Books is legendary in San Francisco and beyond, so we're thrilled for this week's edition of Beach Reads to hail from its storied shelves. Co-owner Kevin Hunsanger and store manager Stephen Sparks were kind enough to provide the following recommendations, and we can't wait to kick up our sandy feet and dive in.
In other news, Green Apple Books is expanding! While other bookstores struggle with skyrocketing rents, this one is rescuing video stores and opening new locations. Store number two will be in business starting August 1 on 9th Avenue in the Inner Sunset. More details to come! In the meantime, hit up the current store at 506 Clement Street (at 6th Avenue) to pick up copies of their beach-read recs.
Preparing the Ghost by Matthew Gavin Frank—Frank's beautiful and meandering essay on the giant squid is my favorite book of the summer. Charting his own obsession with the creature and its long history of obsessing others, Frank opens all kinds of doors and follows many trails in search of this elusive beast. Written with all the page-turning urgency of a novel, this is a stunning work of non-fiction.
Faces in the Crowd by Valeria Luiselli—Luiselli's debut novel is a brilliantly conceived and executed examination of the ways the past infiltrates the present and how art bleeds into life. Told in alternating voices—that of a nameless translator and the dissolute Mexican poet Gilberto Owen—Faces in the Crowd is a haunting book of ghosts, disappearances, and memory.
Red or Dead by David Peace (Melville House)—We'd be remiss not to include a soccer (sorry, football) novel during a summer of World Cup madness, and what better work than this masterpiece by David Peace? Universally praised (seriously; look up the reviews), Red or Dead is the story of Bill Shankly, a working class hero who transformed Liverpool's last-place soccer team and in the process lifted a city onto his shoulders.
· Green Apple Books Swoops in to Salve Le Video [Racked SF]
· 10 Must-Stop Shops Before Traveling Out of San Francisco [Racked SF]
· Green Apple Books [Official Site]