I hope you all had a wonderful Christmas and now have a week off to lay on the couch and try to digest the pounds of stuffing and pie you inhaled over that past 48 hours. That’s my plan at least. Assuming I’m not the only one with this plan, I thought you might be in need of a good read to spend these hours on the couch. If so, it’s your lucky day. I just read 10 books on our trip, so I’m full of suggestions. I brought a handful with me and then relied on English bookstores we found along the way, which provided for some random reads like the 700 page 1989 unauthorized biography, A Woman Named Jackie. I can’t decide if I disliked the book because it was bad or if I just couldn’t get over finding 15 typos. Either way, it’s a week of my life I’ll never get back. The 3 books below are the opposite of that one. These were my favorites. Hope you enjoy them too!
1. I Remember Nothing: And Other Reflections by Nora Ephron
I couldn’t love Nora Ephron more. This book about getting older is dry, witty, and 100% enjoyable. It’s a quick, easy read – you’ll finish it in one day. Even Jolian liked it.
2. Just Kids by Patti Smith
This is the singer, poet, and writer, Patti Smith’s amazing memoir about her relationship with photographer Robert Mapplethorpe. It gives you a fascinating glimpse into life as a starving artist in the 60s and 70s in NYC during the days of Andy Warhol and The Chelsea Hotel. This National Book Award Winner is beautifully written and completely heartbreaking.
3. Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me? (And Other Concerns) by Mindy Kaling
This hilarious book is from the actress and writer of The Office, Mindy Kaling, about growing up and her career as a comedy writer and performer. Not quite as hilarious as Bossypants, but close. Mindy wrote the episode of The Office where Michael burns his foot on a George Foreman Grill while cooking bacon at the edge of his bed, making her in my opinion one of the funniest people out there.