A couple more summer reading suggestions!
Check out Grub by Elise Blackwell, inspired by George Gissing’s 1891 novel New Grub Street. Set in New York City, this imaginative update concerns the literary strivings of several (mostly) twentysomethings. Blackwell turns her satirical eye on writing conferences, hacks, absurd literary theories and more.
Another fun read—but one with some depth, too—is How to Be Good. Nick Hornby hilariously addresses the question of how to be a good person when a formerly cynical newspaper columnist morphs into an excessively altruistic do-gooder, whose new lifestyle alienates his wife and daughter. (Just be patient with the first 50 pages or so, as it doesn’t really hit its stride until DJ GoodNews shows up.)
Feel free to chime in with your own suggestions or to let us know your thoughts on any of the titles and authors mentioned here on Positively Ellinwood Street!