Title: In Youth Is Pleasure
This forgotten British coming-of-age classic is well worth a read. Written in 1945, In Youth Is Pleasure follows adolescent Orville Pym on summer vacation with his family at a countryside resort. The simple story is heart wrenching and sensual, told in descriptions so delicately rendered that even the most ordinary happenstance sparkles exotically. Orville is a free-spirited child on the verge of manhood who confronts the painful truths in his life with unflagging tenderness and curiosity. It was revelatory to behold the world through his eyes. Welch brilliantly captures the stark terrain between the childlike and the adult.
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Title: Everyone Poops
If you are close to a very young person, you may have experienced the
silent agony of reading the same simplistic children's book dozens,
possibly hundreds of times over. But there are great classics which
withstand this test of repetition, ripening and expanding with each
read. Everyone Poops is one such masterwork. And it's a valuable
lesson for us all: poop is a fact of life, and there's no shame in it.
Taro Gomi's illustrations are brilliant and amuse me every time.
Title: Role Models
This book made me feel warm and fuzzy, as if I was best friends with John Waters and we were having a slumber party. I delighted in the notorious filmmaker's rare combination of bizarre quirk and sincere humility. His writing style is sharp, funny, and culturally
insightful. For these reasons, what might appear to be a bunch of
obscure name dropping reads more like a magical journey through
Baltimore back alleys and backstage drag show gambling rings. I would recommend this book even if you've never seen any of Waters' movies, as long as you can appreciate a good dose of raunch and pop culture. Waters is so charming that his memoir will inspire you to put on some outrageous outfit, watch Pink Flamingos five times, hold a séance for Divine, and hitchhike across the country - no matter how old you are, because at 66 years old, John Waters is as free a spirit as ever.