I've read some good books lately on my morning commute, here's a few recent favourites.
This memoir details the year Rakoff spent after graduation, working for a literary agent in New York in the mid '90s. The agency is stuck in the past and rejects modern technology in favour of old fashioned methods such as dictaphones and typewriters. One of Joanna's tasks is to reply to all of 'Jerry's fan mail'. She eventually realises Jerry is JD Salinger, the famously reclusive author of The Catcher in the Rye and other novels.
I really enjoyed this account, which at times reminded me of the work experience I spent at an art book publisher in London when I was a student.
Displacement by Lucy Knisley
Lucy Knisley is one of my favourite graphic novelists. Her first book French Milk documents a foodie trip to Paris with her mother, and her latest is another travelogue, this time recording the time she spent on a cruise with her ageing grandparents.
At first the trip seemed like a lovely idea, spending more time with her grandfolks who are both in their nineties, but the trip proves as challenging as it does rewarding.
Some parts of the story definitely reminded me of my grandma who sometimes seems to take quite a negative outlook on life and is obsessed by the weather!
Clothes, Music Boys by Viv Albertine
I loved Viv Albertine's biography. Albertine was a guitarist in punk band The Slits and her memoir is in a word - honest. She spares no detail as she explains what it was like to grow up during punk, from hanging out with Sid Vicious to staying with junkies in squats in Amsterdam. There's also a funny chapter about her liaison with actor Vincent Gallo! I heard that Albertine is now writing a follow-up which I can't wait to read.
Have you read anything good lately?