Monday, May 13, 2013

Books you read while on vacation with academics

Photograph of Robert Redford as Jay Gatsby via JGoldberg

You might think I have been absent from my blog because I was on vacation. I wasn't. In fact, I have been suffering from the kind of frenzied exhaustion that only stress can cause. Nothing really bad in and of itself, just death by a thousand little paper cuts. Mostly punishment for putting things off until the last minute. You know how that goes.

So here I am, just checking in to tell you that I am going on vacation later this week and to say that I miss you. Also, to solicit some vacation reading recommendations. Here's the catch.

It's vacation for me but it's actually a {mostly} work trip for Kyle. We will be in Berlin for a while with a group of his colleagues. It's a curriculum development sort of trip for them and they will be going to museums and historical/cultural sites every morning and every afternoon for a few days. I am frantically trying to figure out what books to bring/download to perfect the trip. It *is* vacation, so I am adamant about picking titles that are light and fun. But, at the same time, I know that being in Berlin and being exposed to so much history and art, I will be inspired to push myself intellectually. So, I am looking for that perfect book that entertains IMMENSELY and takes you completely out of your world but at the same time nurtures your mind and does not leave you feeling like you are wasting your time.

So far, I am thinking of The Great Gatsby, which I suppose I need to admit, I have never read. And/or picking up a Kate Christensen novel... maybe Jeremy Thrane. I think Maud said it was her favorite. What would your recommendation be?

P.S. After Berlin, we go off to Marrakesh for a few days. Have you been?


  1. I'm re-reading Anne Carson's Autobiography of Red and loving it. Greek myth, queered and set in high school. It's a little bit soapy, which is fun, and the the language is lovely. It might be a little bit too cerebral for a vacation read, but it's worth a look.

    Also, I just finished Let's Talk About Love, in which a music critic attempts to enjoy Celine Dion. It's funny and insightful - lots of interesting observations about culture and art and taste and class.

    1. Oh, Joel! Both of these are perfect! Thank you so SO much! We need to get together after we come back. I need to put some money in your pocket! (This entire spring has been a haze).

  2. The Honey Thief got my attention just today - oddly enough, it came recommended in a food blog. (Well, it's not *that* odd, as there are a couple of recipes at the end of the book, apparently).

    I really enjoyed the description and it moved to the first position of my "next up" reading list.

    Here's the post that recommended it:

    Enjoy vacation!