Books I'd Grab if the House was on Fire
Okay, an exaggeration. I'd just grab the kids if the house were on fire. But you get the point. These are a few of the books that have stayed on the bookshelf over the years.
- •Giovanni's Room by James Baldwin.Every sentence is exquisite. Plus it's Paris. And the boys seem hot.
- •Fodor's Italy Guide 1969According to this guide, "a man would be foolish to buy a new silk dressing gown for this trip-it's one of Italy's specialties."
- •Naked by David SedarisI travelled with this book for awhile because I always laugh out loud in the same spots and there is a certain comfort to that. I saw him read last summer and I got him to sign my tattered copy.
- •The God of Small Things by Arundati RoyOne word, lush.
- •Sophie's Choice by William StyronWhen you need a good heart break. Also, I have a thing for old paperbacks.
- •Down and Out in Paris and London by Henry MillerObligatory Henry Miller phase in college and I just fucking loved this book.
- •Chicken Ten Thousand by Jacqueline JacksonThis is a children's book I picked up at a library sale. It's about a chicken named "Little Ten Thousand" that escapes a factory farm and experiences grass, water and worms for the first time. It's beautiful.
- •Tiffany's Table Manners for Teen-AgersOn eating meat, "When you get to the heart, use your knife and fork." Spot on.
- •Homage to Catalonia by George OrwellFascinating. Orwell's account serving in the Spanish Civil War. Sparked my crush on him.
- •100 Years of Solitude by Gabriel Garcia MarquezI freak out if I don't read this every few years.