Charlie grew up in San Mateo and frequently found himself at Kepler's as a kid. He loves reading literature in translation, science fiction and fantasy, cookbooks, graphic novels and books on film criticism. When he's not reading, he's playing and thinking about basketball, or trying to perfect a butter mochi recipe.

Favorite Genres: 
Graphic Novels
Science Fiction
Book Recommendations: 
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Mrs. Caliban Cover Image
By Rachel Ingalls, Rivka Galchen (Introduction by)
ISBN: 9780811226691
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Published: New Directions - November 28th, 2017

A neglected housewife finds solace in the appearance of a man-sized frog man. A perfect novel that encapsulates loneliness, and the pleasure of friendship. --Charlie

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The Mushroom at the End of the World: On the Possibility of Life in Capitalist Ruins Cover Image
ISBN: 9780691220550
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Published: Princeton University Press - June 8th, 2021

Anna Lowenhaupt Tsing guides us through the strange and magical world of the Matsutake mushroom, whose fantastic flavor and odd growth patterns tell a tale that weaves through Japanese haute cuisine, Pacific Northwest foraging communities, and South Asian refugee policies. This ethnography reads so beautifully, and sheds light on how interconnected our world is. --Charlie

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ISBN: 9780811225502
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Published: New Directions - May 31st, 2016

One of the most daring and innovative books I've ever read, a powerful argument that the novel form is alive and kicking. Helen DeWitt's debut is expansive and molecular at the same time, a magnificent narrative of motherhood and the frightening power of genius. Single mother Sibylla can barely support her son Ludo and herself, let alone give him the educational stimulus that he craves. As a substitute for a masculine presence, Sibylla repeatedly shows her son the Akira Kurosawa movie Seven Samurai. A touching and strange tale ensues, about what cultivating taste can do for a mother and child. --Charlie

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The Third Plate: Field Notes on the Future of Food Cover Image
ISBN: 9780143127154
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Published: Penguin Books - April 7th, 2015

How do we eat and cook sustainably, in a world ruled by monoculture and industrial meat and vegetable production? Michelin-starred chef Dan Barber highlights sustainable agriculture practices that value flavor and freshness over profit and shelf life. From fishermen in Spain to seasonal farmers in New York, Barber suggests a systemic overhaul for the way we purchase and cook the food we take for granted. --Charlie

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By Alfred Doblin, Michael Hofmann (Translated by), Michael Hofmann (Introduction by)
ISBN: 9781681371993
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Published: NYRB Classics - March 6th, 2018

Doblin is a less common name you hear when you think of the modernist masterpieces, but Berlin Alexanderplatz feels so lively and vibrant that it could be directed by the Safdie Brothers. Doblin's voice is masterfully translated by Michael Hoffman, who really captures the voice of a city, filled to the brim with petty dramas and carnivalesque folly. Magnificent. --Charlie

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This Little Art Cover Image
ISBN: 9781910695456
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Published: Fitzcarraldo Editions - April 17th, 2018

The greatest book ever written on the "little art" of translation. Tender and melancholic, Briggs grapples with the difficulty of what it means to transform language, and what gets lost and gained in translation. --Charlie

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An Elemental Thing Cover Image
ISBN: 9780811216944
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Published: New Directions - May 17th, 2007

The greatest essayist you've never heard of. Every Weinberger essay extends the arms of literature around the world, to ancient Chinese scholars to the poetic significance of the wind, he deftly rejuvenates the essay form to previously unexplored terrain. --Charlie