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Reading in the Moonlight: Summer literature picks

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Inside Mystery Pier Books off Sunset Blvd. in West Hollywood. Katherine Garrova

There's a full moon tonight - a strawberry moon. It's the first time a full moon has risen on the June Solstice in almost 70 years.

Yep, it's pretty special so we've brought in our pretty special literary contributor, David Kipen to talk books as he does every full moon. He's the founder of the Libros Schmibros lending library in Boyle Heights.

Kipen's picks:

  • "Grace" by Natasha Deon. Deon is a LA-based lawyer who is a graduate of the PEN Emerging Voices program.

"The book takes place during the slavery era. It's a mother and her daughter, the mother of it dies halfway through and it's told from the perspective of her ghost. Which of course inevitably is going to remind people of  Toni Morrison's 'Beloved'"

"It's about artisanal cooking, how nobody was talking about it and now nobody shuts up about it. What could have been sort of an over told story he finds little stories around the edges that you had no idea even existed."

"By a Chilean author...it takes the form of a multiple choice test!"

"About the writing of Ernest Hemingway's 'The Sun Also Rises'"

"About the writing of Moby Dick, so literature continues to eat itself, apparently."

To hear the full interview, click the blue play button above.

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