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Posted by AMY KATE HORN on June 29 at 12:55 PM
I’m headed to the seaside for the weekend. Can you suggest a trashy/smart/funny (but no “chick lit”) beach book or two? Doesn’t need to be a recent release; I’m all about the library.
If you've never read Kathleen Winsor's Forever Amber, that'd make a great beach read. Banned in 40 cities when first published - that was the original draw for me. But it's also the book that got me interested in history; Winsor's bibliography consisted of more than 600 books. It doesn't pretend to be anything more than a novel, but the history in it is all accurate, and actually far more fascinating than the ostensible "main" story.
June 29, 2006 1:03 PM
The Time Traveler's Wife by Audrey Niffenegger.
Book Nerd |
June 29, 2006 1:18 PM
Wilton Barnhardt, "Show World." Well-written but still a good vacation read.
June 29, 2006 1:18 PM
Motherless Brooklyn by Jonathan Lethem.
June 29, 2006 1:23 PM
"Kindred" by Octavia Butler.
It's not really a "beach novel" but I have to throw in a recommendation for The Poisonwood Bible, by Barbara Kingsolver, simply because it was so so moving and wonderful. I must have cried through the last quarter of the book . . . :-) I'm such a mushball.
June 29, 2006 1:38 PM
middlesex by jeffery eugenides
or the perks of being a wallflower, i forget the author
or freakonomics. its very interesting.
June 29, 2006 1:44 PM
middlesex was lovely. almost poetic.
motherless brooklyn was not and quite painful.
maybe cheese monkeys by chip kidd?
z is for xylophone |
June 29, 2006 1:50 PM
Light fluffy and trashy for the beach. Not great literature, but classier than a harlequin romance.
June 29, 2006 2:13 PM
Apathy and Other Small Victories. Funny.
June 29, 2006 2:16 PM
Youth in Revolt by CD Payne. I reread this last summer - it makes me laugh hard enough to cry. Plus it's long enough to satisfy multiple trips to the beach.
June 29, 2006 3:26 PM
My obsession with French whores has bled in to my summer reading. Zola's "Nana" is really wonderful.
Mark Mitchell |
June 29, 2006 3:35 PM
I loved Freakonomics and recommend it to everyone. It altered several ways in which I look at the world. Thanks for the ideas, ya'll.
Amy Kate |
June 29, 2006 3:54 PM
I recently enjoyed Extremely Pale Rosé by Jamie Ivey. He and his wife and drunken buddy drive around France looking for the palest rosé they can find, to win a bet. A bit Year in Provence-ish, but not bad, and not wine-geeky at all. He's a Brit, which means he is vaguely familiar with the English language.
Or the new John McPhee -- McPhee can make ANYTHING interesting, and his stuff goes down like water. Even if you've read the stuff already in the New Yorker, it's more cohesive in a book.
June 29, 2006 4:44 PM
Or try Reflexions by Richard Olney. Olney was a pioneer cooking writer, but this book is a memoir. Lots of food -- he can remember every detail of meals he cooked forty years ago -- but lots too of gay sex, literary heroes (James Baldwin, etc.), travels in France, living in France, yadda yadda. Great fun, and kinky too. W H Auden propositions him in a cafe by asking if he can lick jam off his cock -- he had the jam in his pocket in little jars.
June 29, 2006 5:16 PM
Fnarf, it always seems to come back to cock with you...
Mark Mitchell |
June 29, 2006 6:32 PM
Even if you've read it before - High Fidelity
June 29, 2006 9:29 PM
Michelle Tea's work. Memoirs that read like novels (I'd vote for Valencia), a graphic memoir that's essentially an intelligent and gritty picture book for adults (Rent Girl), or even an actual novel (Rose of No Man's Land).
June 30, 2006 11:55 AM
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John Davi |
July 6, 2006 11:43 AM
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