Aug 8 2013 | 5 Comments
BETWEEN THE SUMMER COVERS
No, this is not another sexual discussion blog, it’s about summer reading. I was just going over Lucy’s summer reading list with her and I started thinking about my own summer reading list; how much of it I have gotten through. How much is left. And how much as been added since summer began. I’m not sure that I will get to all of it by the time Labor Day arrives. Four additional books have appeared since Memorial Day, plus one book to blurb. Which I don’t think I can discuss. If I did nothing but go from my bed to a chair outside and only read for the next four weeks, I don’t think I can hit my target. I also found five books left over from last summer that I promised to read this year. But no bother. Reading should be fun, not a burden and what does not get read in the next four weeks, will get taken care of in the fall.
I will share part of my list with you and feel free to comment and add any books that you read this summer that you think others should too.
I read this book by Roman Krznaraic in the spring and I reread it this summer. I think it’s a book everyone should read. EVERYONE. Old, young, employed, unemployed, thinking about new employment, thinking you are in fact happy where you are, feeling like you want a change. I think every college graduate should be required to read it before getting their diploma and I think everyone should be given a free copy on their forty-fifth birthday. Zrznaric wrote this for the English series published by The School of Life. I have read the whole series and I think this is the most important book. I don’t want to give it away as then you won’t go read it. It’s small. I’m not suggesting War and Peace here. But it changes the way you think about your work and your life and how they blend into each other. He also talks at length about the new paradigm in the workforce no matter what age you are. No longer are we a society where we have one job out of college and then work away at it until we are sixty five. We will have to and need to do many different things over the course of our lives and Zrznaric walks us through how and why we do this. It’s fascinating. It’s important. It’t timely and I think now timeless or at least for the forceable future. Thanks to his style it’s immensely readable despite the fact he got his degree in philosophy. But that is the point of the book, we are not limited to do or be one thing anymore. HOW TO FIND FULFILLING WORK
I love nothing more than a mother daughter dilemma story. This has been a good year for them with Patty Volk’s Shocked and now Katie Hafner’s riveting tale of life with her mother. Hafner has gone to the bone with this one and I read it in about a day and a half. I’m quoting myself here as this is a snippet of what I said on Amazon about this book. “Katie Hafner narrowed in on the crucial part of her life for this memoir.
I found this book to be an extraordinarily fair portrayal of three generations of women. It showed the unmet needs, the hard to let go natural expectations, the hurts and damage that were leveled by and against all four women of this family. It shows how the scabs of childhood remain so close to the surface they can reopen at moments with easiest of nicks. It gives the reader a vivid portrayal of how easily we can skid right back to the childhood pain we suffered through and act from that most vulnerable of places long after we have become accomplished adults and parents ourselves. I felt Ms. Hafner showed all sides of a deeply complex situation. She dug into the part of her own experience that was needy child, abandoned adult, caring daughter, juggling single mother, a perfect example for those of us in the sandwich generation. Like many she desperately wanted to redo her past in the present.” MOTHER DAUGHTER ME.
I liked this book much more than I thought I would. I read Lynda Obst’s other book and was not crazy about it. I also knew her when I worked in films. But what I loved about this was she explains very accurately what happened to the film business. And from a selfish perspective there was nothing I could have done differently to keep my career from suerving off the road. Thank you Lynda. This book made me feel so much better. SLEEPLESS IN HOLLYWOOD
I had no intention of reading this book. I picked it up on a whim. I had read it was funny. The cover got me. I liked the first seventy- five pages a little bit, but it got silly and redundant. It’s Jackie Collins goes to Singapore. I read it quickly and sent it to my mother who likes all things Chinese. I don’t think she even likes it that much. CRAZY RICH ASIANS
I probably would have picked this up even if my publisher had not published it. It’s easy and breezy and full of a very simply told wisdom. Jeff Bridges sits down and shoots the zen shit with laid back Buddhist teacher Bernie Glassman. It makes you smile. It makes you think. It makes you happy. It might just make you a bit more mindful. THE DUDE AND THE ZEN MASTER
Suffice to say this might be one of the best books written by a shrink on case studies I have ever read. It’s not meant to be self help but you find yourself highlighting things. It’s not actually like any book I have read. It’s getting a lot of attention and it deserves every bit of it. THE EXAMINED LIFE
This is next on my pile of books. I hear it is wonderful. Taylor loved it. Will let you know in September of follow me on Goodreads to find out what I think if I don’t post it here. MY EDUCATION
I read David Sheff’s last book Beautiful Boy: The heart wrenching account of his son’s addiction. This is sort of a follow up. In light of my next book I thought it would be a good idea to read it. CLEAN
How weird two titles with Crazy Rich in them. This book isn’t out yet. I have it on order. I read an excerpt in The Post. I know not the best review source. But it sounds good. The story of how Casey Johnson’s life skid off the rails and how her father helped her do it. At least that is what I think it’s about. I will know more come August 13th. CRAZY RICH
Every summer I try and reread a classic. This summer I picked Pride and Prejudice. Lucy has it on her list so I thought I would read it at the same time she does. Well, she’s reading it at the moment and I have a few ahead of it. But I want to discuss it with her. Do you think if Jane Austen were writing today her editor might have suggested working Crazy Rich into the title? PRIDE AND PREJUDICE.
I have only heard great things about this book, Meg Wolitzer’s latest. I might not get to it until fall but it looks good. THE INTERESTINGS.
And then my friend Linda Yellin has a book coming out in October. Put it on your list it’s called What Nora Taught Me. I can’t show it but I will when it comes out.
Happy Reading. If there is anything you think I should read or the readers of this blog might like please post in Comments.