October / November
I've had a reading binge these last couple of months ~ all quite different stories to be recommended. On the left (picture below), four different and great novels in their own way that are worth a read. All had me thinking about what it means to be a woman and the complexities of living our lives.
(nb Carol Mason's book is, The Secrets of Married Women).
This is Going To Hurt by Adam Kay, is a true story of an exhausted junior Doctor working in the NHS. Having worked in the NHS in various roles, his stories rang true. There are many laugh out loud moments, and poignant moments that had me in tears.
I seem to be late to The Tattooist of Auschwitz by Heather Morris and so glad that I now have now read it. Based on a true story, it is a harrowing, raw read in its brutal reality. I simple don't know if I would've had the same courage.
On the right, are three great rock biographies. I particularly liked Flea's, Acid for the Children, as he is a natural, poetic story teller. He tells the story of his childhood in LA where he is left to his own devices on the streets and his prolific drug taking. By his own admission it's a wonder how he survived. What shines through is his passion for music and his resilience in overcoming difficult circumstances. How I wanted to give this little boy a hug and tell him it was going to be ok.
Debbie Harry's Face it, was a great read. It would be better if she followed through with some of the incidents. You can't make a passing comment about Patti Smith and not give the detail!
Elton John's Me, another great memoir; you can clearly hear his voice in story telling. I remember some of the incidents, the concert scenarios, and there are laugh out loud moments. I wonder how he remembered the details ~ being a prolific imbiber of drugs and alcohol ~ yet it's still worthy of a read.