There’s nothing better than those early days of summer, sitting by the pool or lake with a cocktail (hoperfully) and a good book. This summer I am excited for two books. The first, is the long-awaited Waiter Rant, which is an adaptation of the popular blog by a Manhattan waiter/amateur customer psychologist/voice for those who have worked in the service industry. I know I have plugged Waiter’s site before on this blog, but for goodness sakes, it is a worthy read for people who have had to work at restaurants, and also for those who eat in them. I’ve had food service experience, and let me tell you, there are a lot of assholes out there…and a lot of people who have no idea how to properly behave in public or muster up some human decency. I am SO EXCITED for the book, that I’ve been re-reading the archives on his blog in anticipation.
Another book I definitely have to get is
Girls Like Us by Sheila Weller.
I read an excerpt of it in last month’s Vanity Fair and it seems like a perfect summer read. The book examines the love life and careers of 70s singer/songwriters Joni Mitchell, Carole King, and Carly Simon. I love Joni Mitchell, who is a genius, supremely talented in many areas of life (besides writing and composing, she’s also a fantastic painter and artist), gorgeous, controversial, and has had a few fabulous men in her life (David Crosby, Graham Nash, Jackson Browne, James Taylor….)
Carole King is has lead a less tabloid-worthy life, and she’s the woman I know the least about, in terms of her personal life. I think as a songwriter, she is very underrated for her versatility and for being the first important female songwriter in the 60s. Although I’m not a fan of her Tapestry stuff, her songs in the 60s were so important. To write “You Make Me Feel Like a Natural Woman” and “One Fine Day”, and then to write “Wasn’t Born To Follow” and “Porpoise Song” and everything in between. WHOA.
Carly Simon’s career is less impressive than Mitchell’s and King’s, but she has an interesting backstory, a couple good albums, one legendary song (“You’re So Vain”), interesting former boyfriends/husbands (James Taylor, Cat Stevens, Kris Kristofferson, Warren Beaty…), and she’s the only one of the three that was actually interviewed for the biography.
Anyway, those are my suggestions for summer reading fun! I am such a dork…