Max Brooks Critic's Choice Recommended

When: Mon., Oct. 27, 7:30 p.m. 2008

The Borders on North Michigan stocks Max Brooks's The Zombie Survival Guide on the second floor. This is fitting. As Brooks notes in the book, if a zombie horde is on your heels, you want to head upstairs (fast!), destroying or blocking the staircase as you go. Then you can wait out the siege by reading his matter-of-fact and highly plausible training manual--which never, ever, lets on it's a joke--cover to cover. If, however, you choose not to go along with the joke, check out Brooks's World War Z. Subtitled "An Oral History of the Zombie War," it transcends silliness by touching on deeper, more somber aspects of the human condition. Through the deadpan first-person stories of Todd Waino, a former infantryman old before his time, Christina Eliopolis, who survives being stranded in a ghoul-infested bayou, Tomonaga Ijiro, a blind self-taught samurai, and dozens of others--warriors, doctors, politicians, artists--Brooks addresses how precious our humanity can be to us when it's under attack. This doesn't mean he's not milking this thing for everything it's worth--he is, after all, a former Saturday Night Live staff writer and the son of Mel. At his appearance here he'll dispense "ten lessons in surviving a zombie attack." His next book, Zombie Survival Guide: Recorded Attacks, is due out in June 2009. --Patrick Daily

Price: $7-$10

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