December’s Reads

December’s Reads: Why These Books?

After highly enjoying all three of the November reads, I felt a lot of pressure to deliver three books that would give me as much enjoyment for the month of December. Now, I know it’s impossible to do that (also because something I love, you may not love. The magic of books is that we all can have an opinion about the books and each opinion is valid!) So for December, I tried to add a little variety to the NSBCBC book list. I think (I hope) that these will do the trick.

1. “Rob Delaney: Mother. WIfe. Sister. Human. Warrior. Falcon. Yardstick. Turban. Cabbage.” – by Rob Delaney. Let’s call this a comedy memoir. A few years back I fell madly in love with comedic memoirs. I devoured both Russell Brand’s “Booky Wook” 1 and 2, Sarah Silverman’s “The Bed Wetter,” Tina Fey’s “Bossypants,” and Mindy Kaling’s “Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me?” I was an addict. Each of these writers had a way of letting the reader in on their lives, even the most dramatic parts, while still allowing the reader to smile and laugh throughout. When I saw that Rob Delaney (easily the funniest man on Twitter. He’s even won Comedy Central award with that title.) had written a book, I knew I had to read it. I had seen him do standup at Caroline’s in NYC, and had laughed at his ridiculously absurd tweets for over a year, so I thought this one would be a winner. He’s a man who has lived a life of addiction, struggle, and intense joy and he saturates his stories with humor and sarcasm. It’s also not a bad idea to check out his twitter to see if you would enjoy his comedy prior to picking up the book. Find him at @robdelaney on Twitter. It’s ridiculous and absolutely hilarious.

2. “An Astronaut’s Guide to Life on Earth” – Col. Chris Hadfield. A few months back, I had heard via about an astronaut who was making youtube videos about his experience on the international space station. There was a video of this man performing “Space Oddity” (found here and even more videos of him performing mundane tasks but showing how different it would be performing those tasks in space. Then one day I turned on NPR and there he was being interviewed by Terry Gross! As I listened to his descriptions of viewing Earth from space, and seeing the Northern Lights as he orbited around our planet, I was almost brought to tears. He was able to paint such a vivid picture of something that I will never personally be able to experience in my life, but through his words I felt as though I was there. I thought if he could achieve that speaking freely in an interview, I bet he’s a helluva writer. And so his book made the list. Listen to his interview with Terry here:

3. “And the Mountains Echoed” – Khaled Hosseini This was an easy pick because I am such a tremendous fan of “The Kite Runner” and “A Thousand Splendid Suns.” Hosseini’s books are so eyeopening and beautifully written. However, if this is anything like the other two, grab a box of tissues. His ability to make the reader feel compassion and empathy for these characters is incredible. I have carried his previous works in my heart for many years, and am more than prepared to make room for his latest.

Feel free to post your thoughts/pictures/videos/blog posts about any of the books we have read or are currently reading on the NSBCBC Facebook wall, Tweet us at @Notsobookclub, and Instagram your experience using the #nsbcbc hashtag!

If you have any books you’d like to recommend for January, feel free to reach out!

Happy reading everyone!

– Nina


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