What I’ve been reading…
I am not myself these days by Josh Kilmer-Purcell
American Salvage by Bonnie Jo Campbell
The Education of a Very Young Madam by Ma-Ling Lee
Elf Girl by Rev Jen
Pulp by Charles Bukowski
As always – worst first, The Education of a Very Young Madam. There’s no delicate way to say this but I hated this book. I literally hated it more than I’ve ever hated a book ever. The author was the most arrogant person I have ever read anything by. She bragged about sending thugs after her girls, trashed her employees for not being intelligent enough to do what she did and just generally had the most disgusting attitude. Aside from that, parts of the book felt a bit made up. I probably piqued your interest by ranting about how much I despised this book, huh? Well, that wasn’t my intent. Stay far away from this book. There are tons of other books on the oldest profession in the world to read instead if you’re interested.
American Salvage is a book of short stories by Bonnie Jo Campbell. It was pretty great. She’s a very talented writer. I bought the book because I read somewhere that it was super gritty (just my taste!) and it delivered. The stories were raw and emotional. I’d be interested in checking out more of Bonnie Jo Campbell’s writing.
Pulp wasn’t what I was expected, especially after my recent Bukowski binge. Did I enjoy though? Heck yes!
Elf Girl did not disappoint. Reverend Jen is the bee’s knees. I seriously love her. I highly recommend both Elf Girl and Live Nude Elf to everyone!! (Okay, “everyone” as in everyone who tends to enjoy the sort of things I read otherwise you’re just going to be weirded out.)
My absolute favorite of the five books from this month was I am not myself these days by Josh Kilmer-Purcell. Josh works in advertising during the day and at night turns himself into Aqua, a 7 foot tall drag queen who maybe kinda-sorta has a drinking problem. His writing is down to earth and very humorous. I absolutely fell in love with him. It was the kind of book that I was bummed when it ended. I wish it could have been twice as long!
Does anyone have any other book recommendations about drag queens? I don’t know why I never though to look before this book but I need more drag queen memoirs in my life. I briefly tried searching but wasn’t finding exactly what I wanted.
Today two books I’ve reeeeeally been looking forward to come out (Doomed by Chuck Palahniuk and Perv: The Sexual Deviant in All of Us by Jesse Bering) are available so I’m heading to the book store to pick them up. I’m so excited to read them both.