Thursday, May 24, 2012

Books on the Brain, part 5

Fiction
In One Person
John Irving

From the publisher: A compelling novel of desire, secrecy, and sexual identity, In One Person is a story of unfulfilled love—tormented, funny, and affecting—and an impassioned embrace of our sexual differences. Billy, the bisexual narrator and main character of In One Person, tells the tragicomic story (lasting more than half a century) of his life as a “sexual suspect,” a phrase first used by John Irving in 1978 in his landmark novel of “terminal cases,” The World According to Garp.


His most political novel since The Cider House Rules and A Prayer for Owen Meany, John Irving's In One Person is a poignant tribute to Billy's friends and lovers—a theatrical cast of characters who defy category and convention. Not least, In One Person is an intimate and unforgettable portrait of the solitariness of a bisexual man who is dedicated to making himself “worthwhile.”

Why it caught my eye: John Irving is absolutely one of my very, very favorite authors. You know who else loves John Irving? My mom. Lucy. It makes me love his books even more. While his recent works haven't captured me quite like some of his earlier novels, I always enjoy his writing and his characters (oh, the characters!) and seeing all of the common threads that he weaves through all of his books.



Non-Fiction

Le Road Trip: A Traveler's Journal of Love and France

Vivian Swift

From the publisher: Road trip: those are still the two most inspiring words to vagabonds and couch potatoes alike; after all, the great American spirit was forged by road trippers from the Pilgrims to Lewis and Clark to the Dharma Bums. Le Road Trip combines the appeal of the iconic American quest with France's irresistible allure, offering readers a totally new perspective of life on the road.

Le Road Trip tells the story of one idyllic French honeymoon trip, but it is also a witty handbook of tips and advice on how to thrive as a traveler, a captivating visual record with hundreds of watercolor illustrations, and a chronicle depicting the incomparable charms of being footloose in France. Armchair travelers, die-hard vagabonds, art journalists, and red wine drinkers will all find something to savor in this story.

Why it caught my eye: It's such a gorgeous book, you guys. It came in at the library and I immediately checked it out, even though I have two other books that I absolutely must read. It is written in this fun, short, chatty style. I know that, once I get around to reading it, I'm going to zoom right through it. I am quite certain that it is the perfect book to read during an afternoon in the sunshine. I am quite certain that I will be bit with the travel bug as soon as I start it. It's going to be a good read.

1 comments:

Kari said...

I am ordering this from the library now! I may even have to buy a copy...might be a great book to take to Burma..

 
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