February 2012: Even with an extra day, not a huge round up here.
1. Hope: A Tragedy by Shalom Auslander - This was sometimes LOL, sometimes OMG, but mostly a combination of both. I mean, it’s an interesting question: what if you moved into a house and found out Anne Frank was alive and living in the attic and that she was totally nuts? I loved it.
2. Let the Northern Lights Erase Your Name by Vendela Vida - Just beautiful. A lot of punch packed in a small book about a woman who goes to Lapland to find out the story of her parents. Highly recommended.
3. Pulphead by John Jeremiah Sullivan - If you’re anything like me and enjoy reading about Axl Rose or animal uprisings in the bathtub, you’ll like this one. Plus, it has an random anecdote about when the Real World cast came to my undergrad university that I totally remember. Weird to read about that kind of thing on the crosstown bus.
4. A Book of Common Prayer by Joan Didion - I got this because I love much of her other work, but this one couldn’t hold my attention at all. I tried, I really did. Not all is lost, however, as it won’t keep me from reading some additional books from her catalog.