A Piece of Cake was my least favorite of the group and the one that I hoped that if I ignored long enough it would finish itself. It may sound strange coming from the girl who literally cannot read enough books about sex work, the funeral business, and other taboo subjects but this book made me really uncomfortable. For some reason, I found it hard to empathize with her at all, and I was bored to death reading about her drug abuse. Other than that there’s a lot of repetitiveness throughout the book. Saying something, then a paragraph or two later rewording it to mention it again. I couldn’t finish it fast enough.
It took some time but Nine Years Under grew on me. I’m going to go ahead and snag a description from Amazon since it sums the book up perfectly – “Sheri Booker was only fifteen when she started working at Wylie Funeral
Home in West Baltimore. She had no idea her summer job would become nine
years of immersion into a hidden world. Reeling from the death of her
beloved great aunt, Sheri found comfort in the funeral home and soon had
the run of the place. With AIDS and gang violence threatening to wipe
out a generation of black men, Wylie was never short on business.” As far as books on the funeral business go I thought it was decent, still it wasn’t on par with Curtains by Tom Jokinen, which was one of my favorites!
Heads in Beds is the tale of one man’s career in the hotel industry. It’s an enlightening look at how hotels work behind the scenes. Even if it’s only one person’s experience and most likely not an accurate portrayal of them as a whole, it still make you think about everything you do while booking, checking in and whether you tip or not. It was an easy read but nothing groundbreaking.
My favorite from the group was People Are Unappealing: Even Me.”People Are Unappealing tells the strange, funny, and sometimes
filthy stories of Sara Barron’s twisted suburban upbringing and deranged
attempt at taking the Big Apple by storm–first as an actor (then a
waiter), then a dancer (then a waiter), then a comic (then a waiter).” -Amazon It was pretty funny but nothing worth raving about. Although, there are a few parts, particularly the story of the porn she wrote at age eleven, that I will randomly think of and crack up about.
All in all, this wasn’t a very good batch of books. Nothing I’d consider a must read and nothing I’ll actually be keeping on my bookshelf for very long. Let’s hope the rest of the books in my to-read pile are better!