So while foraging at the library I realized I needed a break from all things magical and all things YA. So instead I headed off to find some non-fiction books, because what could be further away from magic? The truth! Enter inappropriately titled travel memoir!
The Sex Lives of Cannibals by J. Marteen Troost
2004, 272 pages
Disclaimer: the only cannibals in this book are the dogs living on the island.
The plot is this: fed up with his life in the US, Marteen and his fiancee Sylvia decide to pick up and move across the world to the tiny island of Tarawa. Where might this be, you ask? Let me show you:
I realized after posting that we need a little clarification about where Tarawa actually is. Because it is THAT tiny!! Anyway, it is in the Kiribati island group. Carry on.
On this island the local airplane is held together with masking tape. Yikes. The author describes his life on the island in amusing anecdotes on an atoll where fish is the main food and there is one street on the overpopulated island.
While the predicaments he finds himself in are fairly amusing, the whole Third World country aspect makes me a little sad because my friend was recently posted in such a country in Africa. It also further drives home the fact that there is no way that I could handle living in a country such as this. I would go nuts. So, am I a bad person for admitting that?
I found this book to be interesting AND entertaining. It was also a pretty quick read, which is shocking when considering the fact that it’s non-fiction.
Rating: 4 out of 5 bedazzles
Let’s Pretend This Never Happened (A Mostly True Memoir) by Jenny Lawson
2012, 318 pages
To continue the non-fiction streak, I picked this gem up, surprisingly, at my teeny weeny town library. Who would have though? So, the author, otherwise known as The Bloggess, has a blog full of randomness that I read and enjoy. It’s amusing and often sounds like things that my friends–you know who you are–would say, or think, or do.
I have no idea how much of the book is true–so very much of it seems highly improbable. Like bringing your boyfriend home to have a bobcat kitten (or would it just be a bobkitten?) thrown at him by your father. That just seems wrong. On the other hand, how could someone make that up?
Most of the book is hilarious, with me laughing quietly to myself, but sometimes it veers into seriousness and I’m bummed. This book is just a rollercoaster of emotions! But then I got a little tired, because there is so much randomness. Really the book is a lot of blog entries put into a book. Maybe having them in one place is too much of a good thing. Maybe blog format is best.
To sum up, it’s amusing. But my initial woo! awesome! was replaced by almost too much randomness. But it is pretty awesome. Best in small, blog quantities.
Rating: 3.75 out of 5 bedazzles