I was able to get quite a bit of reading in right after the holidays and got sucked into a self-imposed project. I wanted to finally read these memoirs I have been interested in over the years. (#1-5) I also thought it would be fun to read them all together, which made them more interesting to me, and also challenged my ability to keep them straight because there is some cross-over professionally. Books #6-8 are unrelated (sort of) and tacked on here and there. I usually read fiction, so reading 6 non-fiction books in a couple of weeks was pretty fun. I love our local library, where almost all of these came from.
I blogged about these memoirs when I had read only 3, I could say a whole lot about them, or keep this short. I found this whole project very exciting and I am so glad I read all these books the way I did, together and as a comparative project for myself. Parts I keep thinking about (rated PG version);
1. Bossypants, by Tina Fey Her discovery of pee jars in the head writer's room at SNL.
2. Yes Please, by Amy Poehler When she reveals the horrible cring-y texting mistakes she has committed more than once.
3. Not That Kind of Girl: A Young Woman Tells You What She's Learned, by Lena Dunham, the description of the high-end baby clothes boutique she worked in. I had to read this out loud to Pete.
4. The Bedwetter: Stories of Courage, Redemption, and Pee, by Sarah Silverman Her telling of accidentally stabbing Al Franken the head with a sharp pencil while working on SNL.
5. Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me? (And Other Concerns), by Mindy Kaling Reading about her secret "funny" friend, the one she shared her love of comedy with. She was a weekend-only friend that she ignored during the day at school. But not forever.
These other books got slipped in here and there in January:
6. Can't We Talk about Something More Pleasant?: A Memoir, by Roz Chast I read so much about this comic/memoir and it's outstanding. I was so moved by it. I also laughed a little, but only later, not while I was reading it. It's about parents getting old and then dying.
7. Landline, by Rainbow Rowell This was an interesting premise—a magic phone that connects to a past relationship. In a crazy coincidence, the main character is a comedy writer who goes over her past to see where her marriage took a wrong turn. A comedy writer! So, that was interesting and an unexpected addition to my project.
8. Butterflies in November, by Auður Ava Ólafsdóttir. This is the one that wasn't as recent, I think I finished it in October. It's by an Icelandic author and was sent to me as a gift direct from Iceland (thrilling!) and I was fascinated by it. It was strange and quirky and made me feel dreamy and lonely. I also want to go to Iceland.