With a trip up to New York City this weekend for a wedding, Lisbon and Madrid on the horizon, and a work trip or two scheduled as well, I'll have plenty of time en route bus/train/plane to do some of the reading I didn't finish this summer.
What better way to usher in fall than by lengthening my list rather than making a dent in it?
Well, it's no secret I'm obsessed with Sloane Crosley's essays, so I'm stoked to read her first novel. Even more so due to the fact that the story leads the characters through two of my favorite cities -- New York and Paris. I have no doubt that it will be sharp and hilarious, like all of her writing.
SICK IN THE HEAD: CONVERSATIONS ABOUT LIFE AND COMEDY
I'm endlessly impressed by people I find funny. Judd Apatow is one of these people, and through his film career, I've been introduced to many more. So really, I can't imagine a better read than a book full of interviews he's done with some of my favorite funny people from Mel Brooks to Lena Dunham.
The way I feel about Stieg Larsson dying before he completed The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo series is how I imagine millions will feel when George R.R. Martin chokes from one too many cheeseburgers before finishing the Game of Thrones series. I was hooked on the trilogy -- like literally lost sleep because I couldn't put the books down -- and it was supposed to be an 11-part series. I'm skeptical that a new author will do as well picking up where Larsson left off, but I'm willing to give it a go to see what happens to Lisbeth Salander next.
I recently caught an interview with Mary Karr on NPR's "Fresh Air." I've never read any of her books before, and The Liars' Club is the first of her memoirs. It sounds like she had a seriously fucked up life, but in the interview she was witty and blunt, and it made me want to read her tales.
This summer I tried acupuncture for the first time, and though skeptical, at the minimum, it was definitely relaxing. Who knows if it balanced my chi, since I can only imagine just how effed up my chi actually is, but I am fascinated by ancient Eastern medicine and how different parts of the body affect you in different ways. After one too many questions, my acupuncturist suggested I check out this book, which she said would be easy to understand, and so far so good.
What are you reading this autumn?