Warning! Book review review ahead. (No, the extra “review” isn’t a typo.)
I haven’t read a writer that has made me laugh so hard in a very long time. Today, I came across travel writer Edie Jarolim while perusing Ron Silliman’s Language Poetry blog – he hasn’t posted much this year, but his 13 September post is a real treat (no sarcasm intended); I’m so glad I read it and followed the provided link to Edie’s website where I found her book.
Edie’s book Getting Naked for Money: An Accidental Travel Writer Tells All sounds like a super funny and informative read. It’s now at the top of my reading list – sorry Jon, but I did put your blogoir before Kurlansky’s Paper.
I can’t wait for Getting Naked to be released. Sadly, it’s not exactly clear when that will be. I’m on her email list, so hopefully this will be remedied soon. I think she’s trying to raise money to self-publish.
Here’s a quote that gave me a knowing smile:
“Some writers can look back proudly at their literary precociousness. Me, I found several entries in a pink diary dating to the days when the Beatles first arrived in the US that read: “Dear Diary, I love Paul. He’s so cute. I wish he would love me. Goodnight, Edie.” If I’d had the strength of character to love John or even George and the originality to choose a diary that wasn’t pink, I’m certain I would have become a writer far sooner.”
Maybe it’s a girl thing, but there’s much more to muse over and laugh about in her review. (I went for George, but I won’t hold that against her.)
Here’s another quote:
“We observed a wide range of shapes at the nudist resort, from totally toned to way overweight, and ages, from teenagers to septuagenarians….I was riveted by the display of male genitalia. I felt like I was in the produce section of an exotic supermarket—no poking or squeezing, please.”
And how can I pass up a book that’s blurbed by one of my favorite fiction writers, Lydia Davis:
“I’ve known Edie for many years, and here at last is the book I always hoped she would write–the totally entertaining, often informative, and at times touching tale of her life behind the travel editor’s desk and on the road. This is what happens when a Brooklyn-born scholar of modern poetry goes west and becomes a dedicated and intrepid adventurer, one who never loses her sense of humor (or self-preservation). Funny, surprising, and highly recommended for the armchair traveler.”
I’ll post my review when I’ve read the book. I can’t wait!
Oh! And don’t miss Edie’s blog http://willmydoghateme.com/ How cute!