GGC BookClub: March 2008

1. Not Quite What I Was Planning: by Rachel Fershleiser and Larry Smith

I can't believe it has taken me this long to recommend/mention/ direct y'all to Not Quite What I was Planning, a collection of six-word memoirs by writers famous and obscure, edited by my good friends at Smith Mag. (If you'll recall I blogged the promotional video several months ago.) Larry and Rachel are great friends and in the last year, Rachel has become one of my greatest. One of my favorite women in existence to be sure. (Kiss.)

I'm also excited to announce that Not Quite What I Was Planning just spent it's third kick-ass week on the New York Times Bestseller List which is impressive to say the least. Buy a copy for yourself and your friends, co-workers, strangers on the street.

Oh! And be sure to enter your own six-word memoir for the Not Quite What I Was Planning Sequel OR you can leave your memoir in the comments section below. Click here to buy on Amazon...

2. Schuyler's Monster by: Robert Rummel-Hudson

Robert Rummel-Hudson's much awaited book is out and available on Amazon or local booksellers. Schuyler's Monster: A Father's Journey With His Wordless Daughter is the true story of a family coming to terms with a child's differences and unique gifts. Schuyler was born with a rare condition called Bilateral Perisylvian Polymicrogyria which affects her ability to speak.

A long-time friend, I've been a fan of Rob's blogs for a while. His story is unbelievably inspiring and his daughter is my new hero. I've only just started this book but already can't put it down. It's honest, heart-felt and courageous.

You can purchase the book, here and read more about Robert and Schuyler, here.

3. The Gravity Keeper by: Michael Reisman

Michael has been my office (coffee shop) companion for the last thousand years. Michael and I have vented, laughed, cried and peeked over one each other;s shoulders all throughout our various writing endeavors. Having supportive writer-folk around you is crucial for any writer, me thinks. So it gives me great joy to announce the arrival of Michael's book, The Gravity Keeper.

The Gravity Keeper is the first book in a series of "Simon Bloom" adventure books! A fantastic read for any and all young adults. Highly recommended for those of you with kids in the 8-14 demo. Or nieces. Or nephews. Or young friends!

Click here to order on Amazon!

4. No One Belongs Here More Than You by: Miranda July.

I don't know Miranda July personally. I just wish I did. I think this woman is one of the most underrated talents alive. She has quickly replaced my ex-girl-crush who, eh, sort of lost my love with her wtf speech at the Independent Spirit Awards. And her inability to find time to be humble for just five minutes, etc, etc, etc...

I started reading No One Belongs Here More Than You as my for-the-gym book until about ten pages into it, sweating my ass off on the bike, I had to close the book. Frankly, it was just WAY too good to read all sweaty on a stationary bike. It was worthy of a quiet nook in a cafe, or a park lawn. Or a treehouse. (If anyone has a treehouse, I recommend reading this book in a tree.)

If you're not familiar with Miranda July's work I recommend you go here, here and here. I then recommend you pick up this poignant and totally absurd, brilliant, heartbreaking, hilarious, wacko-insane-charming collection of mind-blowing stories and see for yourself what I'm talking about.

Happy reading!

And Happy 20th Birthday to my little sister, who, HOLY SHIT, isn't so little anymore. Sniff.



Amy | 5:35 AM

My six words:

I am not an only child.

Stimey | 7:39 AM

Thanks for the suggestions. I'd written this memoir already:

Always chasing three boys. Usually laughing.

kittenpie | 8:46 AM

thanks for the reco's! It's hard to find time for adult books, so I like to make sure they're good ones when I do it!

and me, called it inspired by the title:
Boring, but mostly according to plan.

Anonymous | 8:54 AM

I love you the mostestostestoestest!! And for the record, it's the Times list three weeks and counting, Sister!

(I know it's oh-so-livejournal to joke about my "word verification," but it's "kisskz"! I have so many kisskzes for you!!!)


Love the memoirs, ladies. Keep 'em coming! And Rach, note edited. Kisskz, muah.

Stephanie Wilson she/her @babysteph | 10:01 AM

Life's rich after learning from mistakes.


-A | 6:14 PM

I think I must buy The Gravity Keeper to share with my fifth graders! They're always looking for new books and so am I.

The Mommy | 6:40 PM

Bought Six Word Memoirs and read it with great joy. Amazing what can be captured in 6 little words.
Family of four. Room for more?

Trysha | 10:12 AM

I read "Love is a Mixed Tape" from your GoodReads list. It was awesome so I'm sure all of these will be too.

Mom to two, wife to one.

Does that work for a 6-word memoir?


Absolutely six-words! Love is a Mix Tape was awesome. I loved it... Glad you picked it up, too! Good books should be shared and read and loved-on.

caramama | 10:28 AM

Here's my six-word memoir:
Each year even better than previous.

I happened to write about my six-word memoir on my blog today, so this is timely!

And thanks for the book recommendations!

mormar | 10:32 AM

First I love Miranda July..


Shit, How did I get here?


Wow, HOw did I get here?