Friday, June 13, 2008

My beach reading list has been finalized

Super villains! Master chefs! Seaborne zombies! Elderly Cuban fishermen! Brokenhearted scribes! Gay humorists! Oh my!

Soon I Will Be Invincible by Austin Grossman This'll be first book that I read. My inner geekdom will be stoked as I read about the politics and squabbles of a super villain and a new member of a superhero team.

Heat: An Amateur's Adventures as Kitchen Slave, Line Cook, Pasta-Maker, and Apprentice to a Dante-Quoting Butcher in Tuscany by Bill Buford Anthony Bourdain gave this book high marks, so that's good enough for me.

Dead Sea by Brian Keene The zombies in this book are the traditional kind, rather than the demoniacally-charged ones from his previous two undead books. It's been a while since I've read a good zombie book and I'm looking forward to this one.

The Old Man and the Sea by Ernest Hemingway I've owned this book for 15 years now and have yet to read it. For as much as I claim Papa as my favorite author, I'm pretty ashamed. I shall remedy this situation shortly.

Things I've Learned from Women Who've Dumped Me edited by Ben Karlin This is an essay collection by some of the comedy nerd greats: Colbert, Odenkirk, Richter, Oswalt, Wain, and Hornby, among others. Will it live up to how much I've hyped this up in my head? We'll see.

When You Are Engulfed in Flames by David Sedaris Honestly, I started this last night and will likely knock it out well before I set foot on the sand. I just couldn't wait, plus it's a hardcover (beach reads MUST be paperback).


Maggie Moo said...

I recently finished Heat-and I have to say that while I found it interesting I also found it to be a little slow. I did learn a few things that I can use when I'm catering and I love the detail he gives about Italy-but overall, I just wish it read faster.

Still, worth reading.

jasdye said...


a cookbook based on the de niro/pacino classic? sounds de-lish!

Micah said...

mags - Thanks for the input. I'm thinking it will be 4th or 5th on my list. Not sure what I will tackle first: zombies or superheroes.

jasdye - You should read the part with the bank heist/tuna noodle casserole recipe. Exciting!