If you like novels, biographies, short-stories, old musty books, zines, online journals, architectural journals, picture books, homemade books, how-to books, history books, travel books, bargain books, black books, white books, literary journals, books that are falling apart, books with missing pages, joke books, or the one your working on, this is the column for you. Welcome to my bi-weekly book column. I hope The Book Monster develops a great following. My goal is to develop a not-too-serious book column of outstanding quality that is interactive with its readers. This month I’d like to know who your favorite author is. You can let me know by commenting via Facebook near the bottom of the page.
“Hot Pink” by Adam Levin, McSweeney’s: While dealing primarily with teens and early adults, this collection of short-stories is filled with gas-huffers, a parapalegic, inventors, tough-guys, tough girls and many other characters. What I really liked about this book is that it reminded me of all the odd-ball situations I found myself in as a teenager. If you’re in the mood for some non-serious reading, and lots of laughter interlaced with a few deep moments I’ll recommend this book to you. If you like judging books by their covers you can judge this one three times; it comes in three different different colors: grey, pink, and blue.
“Undaunted Courage” By Stephen E. Ambrose, Simon & Schuster: I’m currently listening to this audiobook in my car, and it never stops amazing me. Although the narrator sounds like a robot, the quality of writing and subject material are more than enough to compensate for the robot voice. But if you read the paper format you won’t have worry to about it. This book chronicles the journey of Meriwether Lewis and the Corps of Discovery’s journey to find the northwest passage from 1804-1806. A few of my favorite parts of the book thus far include: accounts of the first American (non-native) encounters with grizzly bears, a glimpse into Post-revolutionary America, and the geographical theories that were once had about the western United states. If you like history, action, adventure, camping, or traveling this book is for you. Stephen E. Ambrose who also authored the Band of Brothers is a Grade A historian who has the ability to make history exciting. I’ll have more on this book when I finish it.
“The Literary Cat”, Berkeley Windover Books: I recently found this oddity on an end table at the Sylvia Beach Hotel in Newport, Oregon. This oversized hardcover book is filled with quips, poems, and stories about cats written by a plethora of famous authors. J.R.R. Tolkien’s cat poem was fun to read because I have never read any of his work that wasn’t related to the “Lord of the Rings”. I also really enjoyed the short excerpt of the Cheschire Cat and Alice’s dialogue from “Alice in Wonderland.” The book is also filled with contemporary-cat art (if you can still call 1977, the year it was published, contemporary). If you love cats and famous authors like Shakespeare and Hemingway you might want to curl up on the sofa with a cat on your lap and read this book.