Stephanie Pearl-McPhee: At Knit's End : Meditations for Women Who Knit Too Much
Sometimes it's stressful going to see a friend in a play. If they suck in it, you can't just come out and say so. Fortunately, most of my actor friends kick ass onstage. It's the same when people you know write a book. True, I only know Stephanie through her blog, but I feel like I know her like a friend. Anyway, I needn't have stressed. Her book is absolutely delightful. It's sweet and warm and funny and truthful and makes me very proud to be a fellow knitter.
Scarf Style : Innovative to Traditional, 31 Inspirational Styles to Knit and Crochet
I adore this book. I've completed two scarves from it, am working on a third, and am trying to decide which one to do next. There's almost nothing in it I wouldn't wear.
Debbie Stoller: Stitch 'N Bitch: The Knitter's Handbook
This is what passes for reading around here these days. Actually, this was quite entertaining and really, really helpful. I'd recommend this highly to beginning knitters.
Douglas Coupland: Microserfs
I enjoyed this book when it first came out, mostly because Dennis' house was just like the Redmond group house. But I didn't really relate to it. DAMN, it's weird reading it now.
David Sedaris: Dress Your Family in Corduroy and Denim
This is Sedaris' best work ever. It's not constantly blow-to-the-head funny like his earlier books, but his writing has never been so beautiful. Who knows how it really was in childhood? We all view our past through a filter, but Sedaris speaks of his adolescence with a razor-sharp clarity and understanding.
That said, the piece about "6 to 8 black men" was so funny I was gasping for breath, and Rob nearly drove off the road laughing. It's a good thing we were driving on 680 and not Highway 1. We'd have gone over a cliff for sure.
Timberlake Wertenbaker: Timberlake Wertenbaker: Plays One : New Anatomies, the Grace of Mary Traverse, Our Country's Good, the Love of the Nightingale, Three Birds Alighting on a Field (Faber Contemporary Classics)
Did I mention how brilliant this play is? I just went to Limelight and got myself a copy (I still want this collected works edition, though, hint hint). When I first read it, I cast myself as Duckling, because of her heartbreakingly beautiful and poetic monologue in the second act. After reading the novel, I want to be Mary Brenham, who is a much more complicated character. DAMN, this play is good.
Thomas Keneally: Playmaker
This book was freakin' brilliant. Troy loaned it to me because I just read (and went apeshit for) the play "Our Country's Good", by the deliciously named Timberlake Wertenbaker. Wertenbaker based the play on this book, which is about the convict settlers of Australia. I want to do this play so badly I can almost taste it.
Sarah Vowell: The Partly Cloudy Patriot
This chick rewls. I wish I was this smart, but I'm not. Rob and I drove around in the car all day so I could read this out loud.
Wil Wheaton: Just a Geek
Wil Wheaton is the coolest! I had to deliberately put this down so I wouldn't read it in one sitting.