August 13th, 2006
I'm brand new to this community, and thought that I'd start by asking for some recommendations. I've got a few weeks left for personal reading before I head back to grad school, and I really want to squeeze in a few more books. Any suggestions? Just so you have a better idea of (some) of what I like, I love essay collections, non-fiction, satire, and anything with a snarky sense of humor. I look forward to receiving your recommendations and chatting about books.
I just finished "It Must've Been Something I Ate" by Jeffrey Steingarten. He is the food writer for Vogue Magazine and this is his second collection of essays (the first is called "The Man Who Ate Everything"). I think he has a great sense of humor and offers up a ton of interesting and relevant info on food, cultures, etc. Not sure if this fits your criteria, but thought I'd throw it out there. Good luck with grad school!
Thanks for the input! The books sounds really interesting and fun (especially since I love to spend time in the kitchen when I can). I'm going to go look it up on Amazon right away!
|Date:||August 14th, 2006 06:19 pm (UTC)|| |
ooh, i missed this post! let's see, i love all things John Irving. i just read Hypocrite in a Pouffy White Dress and it was hilarious. ummm...Joe College is excellent. hope that helps a little!
I read "Hypocrite..." last Summer and I loved it! (I'm thinking of re-reading the title piece as I'm planning my wedding and need all the comic relief I can get!) Is there any particular book by Irving that you'd recommend for someone to get a basic feel for his work?
|Date:||August 15th, 2006 04:55 pm (UTC)|| |
lol, good idea...if erinaf
reads this, she can reccomend some good wedding comedy pieces, because that's what she did last year before her wedding ;)
yes, definitely, because if you start with the wrong irving, it can turn you off, but if you start with the right one, you'll most likely enjoy all his work (his style is pretty unique). i'd either start with A Prayer for Owen Meany
or The World According to Garp
--i read Owen Meany
first and loved it, but had my brother and boyfriend start with Garp
and that also went over well. A Widow for One Year
is my pick for book #3 by him. yay irving!