Yes Please by Amy Poehler: Instead of one continuing story it is a series of short or longer chapters going back and forth in her life. There was only one laugh out loud moment (at least for me) but a lot of interesting comments. I liked how she talked about making and shaping her career. And above all I loved that she came across as a real person with very ‘normal’ opinions on life. A quick and easy read and very entertaining not only for all those SNL fans out there.
Zealot: The Life and Times of Jesus of Nazareth by Reza Aslan: The story of the man behind the myth as far as it can be told after 2000 years. Really, really interesting especially for someone like me who went to Catholic school. After reading this book it’s fair to say that the man Jesus has nothing to do with the holy figure of Jesus Christ. I wonder what he would think about his church. If he would even recognize it. Is this what he wanted to achieve? That women have nothing to say in this church of his? Thanks for the recommendation, it was very eye-opening!
Just Kids by Patti Smith: The name Patti Smith was familiar to me but I didn’t really know who she was. And that is not a problem if you want to read her book. I really liked her story and how her artistry developed. Her relationship and then continuing friendship with the photographer Robert Mapplethorpe is beautiful. I like to think that I have some friendships with the same depth and support. Lovely and quick read (if you are interested here is a Zeit article for the publication of this book in German).
The Adults by Alison Espach: A coming of age story with an interesting twist. A teacher seduces the main character at age 15. He is nine years her senior which makes for a completely different story. Still it never goes in this direction. Instead it focuses on the relationship with her parents and the continuing influence of the teacher. I liked that it was never judgmental but kept your mind open in all directions. Makes you think about all the people who influenced you in your youth.