Friday, December 10, 2010

So many books, So little time........

The holidays are fast approaching.....and what am I doing rather than shopping, wrapping, and decorating?  Reading!   I picked up a big stack of books from the library, but only 2 are worthy of review, IMO. 

I've read a few rock memoirs, most of them nothing more than tales of debauchery and all manner of excess.  Rather tiresome, not to mention depressing.  Just Kids, by Patti Smith, is different.  So much so, that it won the 2010 National Book Award for nonfiction.  Beautifully written, it tells the story of her relationship with artist Robert Mapplethorpe, beginning with their first chance meeting around the age of 19 and ending with his death in 1989 from AIDS.  A worthy read.  Unless of course you can't get past Mapplethorpe's style of art.  One more thing, this book has virtually no profanity.  Now that's refreshing.

In contrast to the aforementioned title, Oh No She Didn't, by Clinton Kelly is pure fun, with a little fashion education for those who might need it.  Myself included.  He is hilarious, snarky, and definitely more caustic than on his TV show "What Not to Wear", as he points out the top 100 style mistakes women make.  Some are obvious, some not so much.  You just might recognize yourself in a few of these fashion faux pas.  But so what?  Does it matter?  Maybe, maybe not.  That's entirely up to you.  Nothing earthshaking here, just funny stuff!

Now back to preparing for my craft show tomorrow........

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