Hey Litwits – it’s that time again! This month Jennifer chose our four novels. See her explanations below and check your emails for the voting link. For any new members who don’t receive the link, feel free to vote for your favorite in the comments and then send me your email address so that I can add it to our voting list. Also, voting will end on Sunday!
1. The Perks of Being a Wallflower, by Stephen Chbosky / This is the story of what it’s like to grow up in high school. More intimate than a diary, Charlie’s letters are singular and unique, hilarious and devastating. We may not know where he lives. We may not know to whom he is writing. All we know is the world he shares. Caught between trying to live his life and trying to run from it puts him on a strange course through uncharted territory. The world of first dates and mixed tapes, family dramas and new friends. The world of sex, drugs, and The Rocky Horror Picture Show, when all one requires is that perfect song on that perfect drive to feel infinite.
2. Scar Tissue, by Anthony Kiedis / Whether he’s recollecting the influence of the beautiful, strong women who have been his muses, or retracing a journey that has included appearances as diverse as a performance before half a million people at Woodstock or an audience of one at the humble compound of the exiled Dalai Lama, Kiedis shares a compelling story about the price of success and excess. Scar Tissue is a story of dedication and debauchery, of intrigue and integrity, of recklessness and redemption — a story that could only have come out of the world of rock.
Why I chose this book: I LOVE IT! Kiedis’ life was a wild rollercoaster ride, going from drugs in the slums, recording albums in hawaii, and back and forth. The book reads very easily and Kiedis really draws the reader in.
3. The Glass Castle, by Jeannette Walls / What is so astonishing about Jeannette Walls is not just that she had the guts and tenacity and intelligence to get out, but that she describes her parents with such deep affection and generosity. Hers is a story of triumph against all odds, but also a tender, moving tale of unconditional love in a family that despite its profound flaws gave her the fiery determination to carve out a successful life on her own terms.
Why I chose this book: Walls story is so astounding. When I read the book description, I didn’t think much of it, but after I found the book on sale I figured I would give it a shot. I was drawn in by the third page and finished by the end of that night. Walls is an excellent storyteller and has a lot to share.
4. Look Me In the Eye: My Life With Asperger’s, by John Elder Robison. Ever since he was young, John Robison longed to connect with other people, but by the time he was a teenager, his odd habits—an inclination to blurt out non sequiturs, avoid eye contact, dismantle radios, and dig five-foot holes (and stick his younger brother, Augusten Burroughs, in them)—had earned him the label “social deviant.” It was not until he was forty that he was diagnosed with a form of autism called Asperger’s syndrome. That understanding transformed the way he saw himself—and the world. A born storyteller, Robison has written a moving, darkly funny memoir about a life that has taken him from developing exploding guitars for KISS to building a family of his own. It’s a strange, sly, indelible account—sometimes alien yet always deeply human.
Why I chose this book: While the book does read a lot like how an Aspergian would think (which can be a little hard to follow!), I really loved having that insight to a point-of-view that I do not experience. Robison’s life is quite interesting of a read, but what I really got from the book was a better perspective about people in general.