Gulp: Adventures on the Alimentary Canal: Mary Roach: 9780393081572:... / What Are You Looking At?: The Surprising, Shocking, and Sometimes... / Let's Explore Diabetes with Owls: David Sedaris: 9780316154697:... / The Interestings: A Novel: Meg Wolitzer: 9781594488399: Amazon.com:... / The Good Nurse: A True Story of Medicine, Madness, and Murder: Charles...
I'm getting a little antsy with all this warm weather rolling around. I need a day at the beach like right now, but my weekends so far keep filling up with social events. (Ugh.) I just want to lay on a beach in peace with a pile of books/downloads on my iPad. Since I can't get there quite yet, I've been doing a bit of planning. So far, I have my reading list prepared:
- The Interestings is about a group of kids at art camp who think themselves super interesting. The story follows them through their lives, with all the disappointment that comes with calling yourself an artist and then meeting the real world. As an art school dropout, I consider this required reading, if only to laugh at the characters who resemble all too closely the people I hated in art school.
- The Good Nurse is the true story of a nurse who murdered hundreds of people. I read a review comparing it (favorably) to In Cold Blood. As a nonfiction writing major, I geeked out and instantly added it to my list.
- What Are You Looking At? gives a history of modern art in a humorous, anecdotal way. Since I dropped out of art school after only a year, I feel as if I missed out on some necessary art history -- and as a nonfiction nerd, I love a well-written true story.
- Gulp is by one of my all-time-favorite nonfiction writers, Mary Roach. Her books Stiff and Bonk offer so much conversation fodder, on top of being absolutely hilarious. Need something to talk about at a party/first date/awkward coffee meeting? Read one of Mary's books.
- Let's Explore Diabetes with Owls is on this list for 2 reasons: 1. David Sedaris was my first introduction to creative nonfiction writing and 2. the word "owl" is in the title. If you've been reading my blog for longer than a week, then you understand my fascination (obsession?) with owls. And David Sedaris showed me that you can write about the stupid things that happen to you in an entertaining way, turning lame jobs and horrible decisions into career-changing essays... or a blog.