Here are some quickie book reviews who people who like to read things. What I’ve been reading the past few weeks:
"New Moon," by Stephenie Meyer: I will actually apologize for reading this, since every time I have picked up something from this "Twilight" nonsense I’ve done it with two things in mind: a) I consider myself a "Pop Culture-ist," so it is necessary, nay, crucial that I know what is going on in our collective brains; b) sometimes I do things for the satisfaction of feeling my blood boil. I consider it cardio. So, while I think the "Twilight" series is an embarrassment to women everywhere, I will concede that "New Moon" is better than "Twilight." But it would have to be. Skip it. FICTION
"On Writing," by Stephen King: Part memoir, part "How To," this short piece of writing — probably the best I’ve read on the topic — tells how one prolific writer gets it done, and includes interesting autobiographical info. Did you know King doesn’t even necessarily like the book "Carrie" The gist of what SK is saying in this book is: Read a lot. Write a lot. Right on. Er, write on? Read it. NONFICTION
"Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close," by Jonathan Safran Foer: This novel stars arguably the coolest protagonist in the history of contemporary fiction. The 9-year-old Oskar is smart, inquisitive, funny, and always dresses in all white and carries a tambourine. His father, who has helped nurture this awesomeness, dies on 9/11. A year or so later, Oskar combs the burroughs for clues about his father, as told in a multimedia style of storytelling. Read it. FICTION
"Lit" by Mary Karr: Consider this a sort of Behind the Music memoir. Karr, who wrote "The Liars Club" and "Cherry," her stories of growing up in Texas with alcoholic parents, continues the story with tales of her own alcoholism, marriage to a (less successful) poet, daliance with David Foster Wallace, sobriety, raising a son, finding God with a capital G, and writing "The Liars Club." Karr is one of those writers who is so meticulous with each incredible sentence. She is funny, wry, smart, sassy. Read it. NONFICTION
Best of this bunch: Tough call between "Lit" and "Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close." There is no rule that you can’t read both.
I read a lot of books. Lit or Miss is a Friday feature, providing up to three sentence-like phrases, reviewing what I’ve recently read and encouraging you to tell me what you’re reading. You know you wanna. Get your book on.