Down the TBR Hole #24

Time for more Down the TBR Hole inspired by Lost in a Love Story.

  • Go to your goodreads to-read shelf.
  • Order on ascending date added.
  • Take the first 5 (or 10 if you’re feeling adventurous) books
  • Read the synopses of the books
  • Decide: keep it or should it go?

Here are this week’s selections:

Write That Book Already!: The Tough Love You Need to Get Published Now

Write That Book Already! by Sam Barry and Kathi Kamen Goldmark
Nonfiction; Writing; Reference
Added March 11, 2012

“How do I get my book published?”

Good question. Lucky for you, publishing insiders Sam Barry and Kathi Kamen Goldmark have laid out the blueprint for what you want–your book. From transforming an idea into a manuscript to finding an agent to working with an editor to marketing your book, BookPage’s Author Enablers are here to assist you every step of the way. And they’ve brought some backup with original insight from literary superstars like Stephen King, Amy Tan, Rita Mae Brown, and more.

It’s everything you would ever want–and need–to know about the industry from the inside out.

Verdict: Remove

The Road to Somewhere: An American Memoir

The Road to Somewhere by James A Reeves
Nonfiction; Travel; Photography
Added March 11, 2012

One day James A. Reeves realized that he no longer understood his country or what he should be doing in it. There was a time when the road to manhood was clear—go to war, find a job with a big company, wear a tie, and start a family —but then the wars got strange and companies changed. He decided to go for a drive to clear his head. What resulted is a scattershot journey spanning five years, forty thousand miles, twelve speeding tickets, and several moments of unexpected kindness through the neon corridors and dark corners of America.

Reeves drove along the back roads taking pictures and looking for answers, kept company by the nervous chatter of talk radio and the ambient drone of twenty-four-hour diners, as he drifted toward a slow reckoning with his own compulsions and unexpected loss.

Verdict: Remove

The Man Who Ate Everything

The Man Who Ate Everything by Jeffrey Steingarten
Nonfiction; Memoir; Food
Added March 18, 2012

When Jeffrey Steingarten was appointed food critic for Vogue, he systematically set out to overcome his distaste for such things as kimchi, lard, Greek cuisine, and blue food. He succeeded at all but the last: Steingarten is “fairly sure that God meant the color blue mainly for food that has gone bad.” In this impassioned, mouth-watering, and outrageously funny book, Steingarten devotes the same Zen-like discipline and gluttonous curiosity to practically everything that anyone anywhere has ever called “dinner.”

Follow Steingarten as he jets off to sample choucroute in Alsace, hand-massaged beef in Japan, and the mother of all ice creams in Sicily. Sweat with him as he tries to re-create the perfect sourdough, bottle his own mineral water, and drop excess poundage at a luxury spa. Join him as he mounts a heroic–and hilarious–defense of salt, sugar, and fat (though he has some nice things to say about Olestra).

Verdict: Keep

A Pound of Paper: Confessions of a Book Addict

A Pound of Paper by John Baxter
Nonfiction; Memoir; Books
Added March 18, 2012

In the rural Australia of the fifties where John Baxter grew up, reading books was disregarded with suspicion, owning and collecting them with utter incomprehension. Despite this, by the age of eleven Baxter had ‘collected’ his first book – The Poems of Rupert Brooke. He’d read the volume often, but now he had to own it. This was the beginning of what would become a major collection and a lifelong obsession.

His book-hunting would take him all over the world, but his first real find was in London in 1978, when he spotted a rare copy of a Graham Greene children’s book while browsing on a stall in Swiss Cottage. It was going for 5 pence. This would also, fortuitously, be the day when he first encountered one of the legends of the book-selling world: Martin Stone. At various times pothead, international fugitive from justice, and professional rock musician, he would become John’s mentor and friend.

In this brilliantly readable and funny book, John Baxter brings us into contact with such literary greats as Graham Greene, Kingsley Amis, J.G. Ballard and Ray Bradbury. But he also shows us how he penetrated the secret fraternity of ‘runners’ or book scouts – sleuths who use bluff and guile to hunt down their quarry – and joined them in scouring junk shops, markets, auction rooms and private homes for rarities.

Verdict: Keep

Service Included: Four-Star Secrets of an Eavesdropping Waiter

Service Included by Pheobe Damrosch
Nonfiction; Memoir; Food
Added March 18, 2012

While Phoebe Damrosch was figuring out what to do with her life, she supported herself by working as a waiter. Before long she was a captain at the New York City four-star restaurant Per Se, the culinary creation of master chef Thomas Keller.

Service Included is the story of her experiences there: her obsession with food, her love affair with a sommelier, and her observations of the highly competitive and frenetic world of fine dining.

Verdict: Remove

So this week I removed 3/5, making my total 80/120.

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