Dyer's book of short essays about life on a US Navy aircraft carrier is informative and funny. He's an irreverent Brit with a thing for fighter jets, so naturally, a carrier, with its five thousand busy inhabitants, is a wealthy source of material: military jargon, military hierarchy, military food... and god, those smart, sexy pilots and their even sexier planes. *swoon*
I could NOT shut up about this book while I was reading it (my children will attest) because I found it at once so informative and so very lovely. I never thought there could be poetry in radio beacons, existentialism in jet-lag, or beauty in cock-pit waste-bins, but Vanhoenacker deftly and eloquently expresses all these things and more. You, too, will be transfixed.
Before she became famous for writing WILD, Strayed was the anonymous advice columnist for therumpus.com, where she dispensed wisdom on all variety of human experiences. This is a collection of those letters and essays, but it reads more like a memoir, as Strayed plumbs her own depths for others' benefit. I read it in a day and a half and vowed to give it to every one of my nearest and dearest, Strayed moved me so.
An All-Time Favorite! Take Ayun Halliday's HILARIOUS, wildly self-exposing, and instructive book of travel tales with you on your next airplane schlep, to the DMV, or wherever else you might expect a degree of circumstantial suffering. These stories will proved a therapeutic dose of schadenfreude and enough laughter to dull your own pain nicely.
This is an intimate and sensitive portrait of a child and family in transition. Entirely without salaciousness or judgment, Nutt lifts the veil that has for too long obscured the inner lives of transgendered people. I am more empathetic for reading it.