Nonfiction November: Mini Reviews of Books of Quotes
November 19, 2015
I’ve never had a focus on nonfiction like I have this month. It’s been a change of pace, and I’m enjoying it more than I would have expected. Today I’m going to feature a couple of short reviews on quote books that I have recently finished (I decided it was a little too hard to write an individual full review on a short book of quotes).
Brave Enough by Cheryl Strayed:
From the best-selling author of Wild, a collection of quotes–drawn from the wide range of her writings–that capture her wisdom, courage, and outspoken humor, presented in a gift-sized package that’s as irresistible to give as it is to receive.
Around the world, thousands of people have found inspiration in the words of Cheryl Strayed, who in her three prior books and in her Dear Sugar columns has shared the twists and trials of her remarkable life. Her honesty, spirit, and ample supply of tough love have enabled many of us, even in the darkest hours, to somehow put one foot in front of the other–and be brave enough.
This book gathers, each on a single page, more than 100 of Strayed’s indelible quotes and thoughts–“mini instruction manuals for the soul” that urge us toward the incredible capacity for love, compassion, forgiveness, and endurance that is within us all.
In a nutshell – get this book now! I cannot put into words how much I loved it, and how much it made me think, and how much it moved me. I have always loved the writing of Strayed, but this amazing collection of quotes has guaranteed my life long fandom. I bought one book as a gift right away, and I just ordered 3 more for gifts that I need in the next few weeks. I checked this book out from the library, but trust me when I say, you need to own this one yourself. I found myself copying so many quotes into my quote notebook that I realized I needed to own this gem, because I don’t doubt that I will come back to it again and again in the future!
Slaughterhouse 90210: Where Great Books Meet Pop Culture by Maris Kreizman
Slaughterhouse 90210 pairs literature’s greatest lines with pop culture’s best moments.
In 2009, Maris Kreizman wanted to combine her fierce love for pop culture with a lifelong passion for reading, and so the blog Slaughterhouse 90210 was born. By matching poignant passages from literature with popular moments from television, film, and real life, Maris’ work instantly caught the attention (and adoration) of thousands. And it’s easy to see why.
Slaughterhouse 90210 is subversively brilliant, finding the depth in the shallows of reality television, and the levity in Lahiri. A picture of Taylor Swift is paired with Joan Didion’s quote, “Above all, she is the girl who ‘feels things’. The girl ever wounded, ever young.” Tony Soprano tenderly hugs his teenage son, accompanied by a line from Middlemarch about, “The patches of hardness and tenderness [that] lie side by side in men’s dispositions.” The images and quotes complement and deepen one another in surprising, profound, and tender ways.
With over 150 color photographs from some of popular culture’s most iconic moments, Kreizman shows why comparing Walter White to Faust makes sense in our celebrity obsessed, tv crazed society.
In one word, this book is FUN! I loved looking at a wide variety of snapshots from pop culture (celebrities, movies, TV, etc,) in and of itself, but then to pair those snapshots with quotes from books you know and love – pure heaven. Although I may not have been moved as much as I was with Brave Enough, this was a fun and entertaining read. I give lots of credit to Kreizman, because I don’t think I would have her gift of creating pairings such as she did. You will polish this book off in no time – a perfect read for the crazy holiday season when you don’t have much time for thinking or reading!
What book of quotes would you recommend?