Wyatt, what's your role here at Maria's?

I’m a Bookseller––but also a booktalker and a bookthinker

How long have you been in that role?

Since April 2023!

Favorite thing about your role here:

The variety of conversations I have with customers and fellow employees, from lighthearted discussions on food to solving society's most pressing issues. 


What are you reading right now: The Crossing by Cormac McCarthy, Mongrels by Stephen Graham Jones, American Gods by Neil Gaiman, and Our Share of Night by Mariana Enriquez


Last book you read: Killswitch by Adam Jentleson


Best drink to sip while reading: A cappuccino, draught ale, or an ice-cold Topo Chico


Favorite format for consuming books: Paperback, ideally small and malleable enough to fit inside my coat pocket so I can take it anywhere.


Ideal place to read: Sitting outside a cafe on a quiet street, on a porch, waiting at an airport terminal, or any place where I comfortably sit and people-watch.


Do you read alone? With Company? I enjoy both reading alone and amidst a hum of social interaction at any local business. That being said, I prefer reading among strangers. The more people I know, the less focused I will be. 


What do you eat when you read? Pizza, salt & vinegar chips, bananas, pesto pasta, ice cream


Best book recommendation you’ve received: The Water Knife by Paolo Bacigalupi


What book do you think everyone should read: Cadillac Desert by Marc Reisner. Written more than thirty years ago, this book accurately predicted our current water crisis––and warned of the severe issues yet to arise. This is the book for understanding the tragic nature of development in the American Southwest. 


What’s your go-to genre? Current events, political science, horror, sociology, and anything written by Jennifer Egan or Haruki Murakami


Quick! Recommend a book! Exhalation by Ted Chiang. This collection of sci-fi short stories explores our burgeoning relationships with virtual reality and AI, as well as the classic debates on existence and free will. Chiang uses a humanistic and emotional approach to discuss these ideas, making the existential conversations more comfortable than your typical sci-fi. 


What meme best describes you?


The Only Good Indians: A Novel By Stephen Graham Jones Cover Image
ISBN: 9781982136468
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Gallery / Saga Press - January 26th, 2021

Why We're Polarized By Ezra Klein Cover Image
ISBN: 9781476700366
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Avid Reader Press / Simon & Schuster - June 15th, 2021

A Visit from the Goon Squad By Jennifer Egan Cover Image
ISBN: 9780307477477
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Anchor - March 22nd, 2011

Barbarian Days: A Surfing Life By William Finnegan Cover Image
ISBN: 9780143109396
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Penguin Books - April 26th, 2016

How Democracies Die By Steven Levitsky, Daniel Ziblatt Cover Image
ISBN: 9781524762940
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Crown - January 8th, 2019

Confluence: Navigating the Personal & Political on Rivers of the New West By Zak Podmore Cover Image
ISBN: 9781948814089
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Torrey House Press - October 29th, 2019

The Water Knife By Paolo Bacigalupi Cover Image
ISBN: 9780804171533
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Vintage - April 5th, 2016

Winners Take All: The Elite Charade of Changing the World By Anand Giridharadas Cover Image
ISBN: 9781101972670
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Vintage - October 1st, 2019

Dark Money: The Hidden History of the Billionaires Behind the Rise of the Radical Right By Jane Mayer Cover Image
ISBN: 9780307947901
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Anchor - January 24th, 2017

Grace: President Obama and Ten Days in the Battle for America By Cody Keenan Cover Image
ISBN: 9780358651895
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Mariner Books - October 4th, 2022

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