Been on a bit of a book binge the past month or so. Strangely though I haven't been reading as much as I usually do - possibly because I spent a month in Ireland where I was working on a film so I didn't have a daily tube commute to do my reading on. In any case, here are some of the books I've picked up - a good mix of fiction and non:
I'm a pretty fond of Louis Theroux's documentaries, but I'm yet to read one of his books. Anyway, Call of the Weird is Theroux's first book, where he attempts to track down the odd and fascinating characters he encountered on his first docu-series, Weird Weekends. Taking us across the America to the fringes of its society, he revisits porn stars, UFO conspiracists, and neo-Nazis. I'm a big fan of... what would you call this genre? Socio-docu-writing? (Writers like Jon Ronson and Evan Wright are among my favourites).
I have high expectations for Theroux's writings - he did after all begin his career as a writer (did you know he used to write for UK mag Hip-Hop Connection? I know, bizarre. Did you also know he's first cousins with Justin Theroux, actor/Jennifer Aniston fiance? Okay, enough with the Louis Theroux facts.)
I have been dying to get my hands on this book. Brett Martin looks back at the big TV revolution that began with David Chase creating the man who changed the landscape of TV as we know it: Tony Soprano. Martin examines Tony, as well as Det. Jimmy McNulty (The Wire), Don Draper (Mad Men), Det. Vic Mackey (The Shield), and of course this generation's most iconic difficult man, Walter White (Breaking Bad) and a whole host of others. Luckily for me, the aforementioned TV shows are pretty much a list of my all time favourites (with The Sopranos leading that charge) so I can't wait to get stuck in.
Moving on to fiction, I picked this book up in a charity shop in Galway for 25 cents, possibly my greatest achievement. I'm a sucker for a good cover, so this stood out among the tatty crime fiction and chick-lit books that are so often fixtures of the charity book shop. The blurb doesn't tell us too much, other than the basic ingredients: sleazy Florida swap lands, juicy scandals, sex-addled political fixer, beautiful stripper and a champagne bottle. Enough said? Yeah I think so too.
Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie - Americanah
This is Adichie's most recent offering, and I'm embarrassed it's taken me this long to pick it up. I've read absolutely everything she's written so I can't wait for this one. It's centered around two young middle class Nigerian's who embark on a life outside their home country due to the military coup that drove many Nigerian's, those that could afford it, out of the country. Ifemelu heads for America, whilst Obinze is UK bound. This is a familiar story to many Nigerian's in the diaspora and would appeal to a Nigerian reader, but Adichie's writings are accessible enough for a wider audience to engage with (as opposed to say, Wole Soyinka who is a brilliant and accomplished writer but many find him difficult to read).
And Finally, Brightness Falls is the book I'm reading at the moment. I love McInerney, one of the so called "literary brat pack" of the 80s, along with Bret Easton Ellis and Tama Janowitz (two of my favourite authors), McInerney's writings are beautifully post modern, engaging, gripping, gush-gush-gush. He has a certain Jack Kerouac about him, which, ya know, is pretty awesome. Anyway Brightness Falls is about a 30 something married couple who are typical Manhattan yuppies of the 80s - parties, lengthy discussions of politics and poets, more parties, jobs in publishing and finance, book launches and gallery openings, and did I mention parties? I'm halfway through this book and in typical McInerney fashion, I am absolutely obsessed with this world he has invited me into.
What books have you guys been reading recently? Any recommendations for me? Check out my Goodreads page for more books I've been reading!