So there is the cool graphic on there painting book spines on stairs.
It’s kind of awesome. Here’s the Facebook link.
So was thinking of books that would belong on my stairs.
Here are 13 I came up with.
1. Where the Wild Things Are by Maurice Sendak: A book I have loved since childhood and still adore. Just about perfect.
2. Martian Chronicles by Ray Bradbury: The first big book I read, in Christmas of 1st grade around 7 years old. In a lot of ways I skipped young adult completely. The Time Machine was read right before it, but it is a shorter and easier read. I may like “The Time Machine” more now, but Martian Chronicles has a special place in my heart and reading life.
3. Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas by Hunter S. Thompson: Just a fever dream of a book. Have never been close to as wasted, but blisteringly brilliant.
4. On The Road by Jack Kerouac: Amazing book. Has it’s detractors, but there is something for seeing the vastness of America. Also a fever dream of a book, all created in one crazy scroll. I wish Keroauc found happiness in life, and was able to just be a Dharma Bum.
5. Bright Lights, Big City by Jay McInerney: Phenomenal book. Glad I never got into a culture this bizarre and self centered, I do see the fringes sometimes. And glad I accept myself for who and what I am.
6. To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee: Like everyone else I wish she wrote more. A book I adored in high school with some of the most stirring pieces in literature. Especially in the trial.
7. 1984 by George Orwell: Fascinatingly accurate, think of terms like “fighting terrorism” with wars and “Homeland Security” that makes you feel frankly less secure in places like airports, at least for me. And with more cameras out there all the time, more of us are being watched.
8. Edge City: Life on the New Frontier by Joel Garreau: Fascinating study of how the new suburbs often created on major interstate insersections is a new settlement pattern in America. Also really like his “Nine Nations of North America.”
9. Slammed/ Point of Retreat: Slammed is my favorite of the two books, but my poem “Write Poorly” is in “Point of Retreat” and help inspire her to write the follow-up. “Write Poorly” is the first thing I have had published and very proud it’s in a wonderful book and Kindle bestseller.
10. Persepolis by Marjane Satrapi : Stunning book of what it was like to grow up in a liberal household in the middle of the Iranian revolution. Just amazing.
11. Pyongyang by Guy Delisle: One of my most read books. An amazing tale by a French Canadian Animator of what it is like to be a foreigner in one of the most bizarre places in the world, Pyongyang, North Korea.
12. Chicago Poems – Carl Sandburg: Possibly my favorite book of poetry. Quite subject to change.
13. Slaughterhouse Five by Kurt Vonnegut: Amazing, amazing book, that reread shockingly well. Sometimes are lifes do feel as scattered as Traflamadorian time. So it goes.
What would be your books and why?
And my dad is slowly improving. Looking forward to more improvement tomorrow.