#Reading in September
Why Be Happy When You Could Be Normal? by Jeanette Winterson (VINTAGE, Random House). Autobiography of the author where she writes what has meant for her being an adopted child from a very devoted catholic mother. Being a lesbian did not help her relationship with her mom. Winterson’s writing is brilliant and I can’t recommend it enough. I started to read Sexing the Cherry by the end of this month but still haven’t finished it. I hope I can read it and include it in October’s reading post.
I Love Dick by Chris Kraus (Alpha Decay). Prologue by Eileen Myles. Hilarious and satirical epistolary novel of a 40-year-some couple who fall in love with another man, Dick, and write him letters to express their love for him since they last met. Their love grows the more they write to him –it’s an unidirectional love. What starts as a joke, as a fun game, becomes visceral and dark. I found out about this book thanks to one I read a few months ago by Ariana Reines: Coeur de Lion —where she also mentions other titles that I have methodically written down as future reads.
Cosas de niños by David Wagner (Errata Naturae). Spricht Das Kind is the original title. It’s a collection of fragments about what it’s like to be a father of a daughter. It’s a moving book, where the father starts as a hero, but his power shrinks the more aware he is about his daughter’s perspective. It’s a sweet and fun read.
En un principio era el hambre by Chantal Maillard (Fondo de Cultura Económica). It’s a poetry anthology that I believe it’s only in Spanish so far. I’ve tried to find translated titles from her and this is what I’ve found. If you have the chance to read her in Spanish, do it. My favorite poem of all is titled ‘escribir‘ which stands for writing. I loved her writing so much that this is not the only book I read by her this month. I found out about Chantal thanks to this Spanish young poet that constantly shares what she’s reading. I have come to trust her completely by now.
When You Are Engulfed in Flames by David Sedaris (Random House). Fun read. Collection of short fragments of the author’s life. He’s hilarious. It’s the first book I’ve read by him and I just want more of it. I wish I could write like him.
Naked by David Sedaris (Abacus). This one was more sad and dramatic. Yes, it’s written in his fun and satirical voice. But by the end of each chapter, I’d be left with this feeling of compassion or sadness towards the author. I guess that tragedy is what makes a good comedian.
I found out that Sedaris is the perfect writer to just curl up into your bed to read something fun and comforting. He writes about his life, about events that may seem unnoticed by most of us, but he can squeeze a lot out of it. It’s like a written Louis CK –obviously they both have their own styles, it’s just that if I had to compare it with a stand-up comedian, I’d compare it with him. They both laugh at themselves: not at everyone else. They laugh at the way they see the world. I could read David Sedaris forever.
The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up by Marie Kondo (Aguilar). I wrote a post inspired in this book, it’s in Spanish though. This book is filled with practical insights for a better every day life. Not only you tide up (every mother’s dream) but also you understand your relationship with money, among other things.
Necromancia by Rae Armantrout (kriller71 ediciones).
La mujer de pie by Chantal Maillard (Galaxia Gutenberg). Another book by the previous poet. Delicious read.