5 Books to Take With You On Your Flight to L.A.


Here’s my stack of books to pack for my upcoming short trip, in no particular order:

1) Train Shots by Vanessa Blakeslee – A wonderful collection of deep, probing new stories by an up and coming writer and fellow Vermont College of Fine Arts grad. In fact, Vanessa and I spent many a nights together sipping our wine and dreaming of futures as writers. For her, this dream has become a reality.

2) Where the God of Love Hangs Out by Amy Bloom – another fellow VCFA grad and I are currently reading this collection together to deconstruct and marvel over Bloom’s sentences. Consider the opening to the first story: “At two o’clock in the morning, no one is to blame. We’d been watching CNN, one scene of disaster leading to the next…” And yes CNN is not of course the only place withe disasters.

3) Flash Fiction: 72 Very Short Stories – Edited by, Tom Hazuka, Denise Thomas and James Thomas – And during my time at VCFA I found that my preferred form of storytelling is what they call flash fiction or short shorts. This is one of my bibles that I carry around with me for inspiration if I want to jump-start my writing. With a six hour flight ahead of me SANS KIDS I am hoping to feel inspired to do some creative writing.

4) Me Before You by Jojo Moyes  – This one needs no introduction, seems like everyone is reading or has read. I actually just finished it last night after taking this picture. Definitely a page-turner and more about the story than the writing, but a favorite of many people I’m close with, and I look forward to discussing it more with them.

5) Diane Arbus: A Biography by Patricia Bosworth. Last Saturday I had a dreamy day in the city meandering in and out of museums and galleries and found myself at an Arbus exhibit at the Gagosian Gallery. I’ve always been intrigued by Arbus and her work. I want to know how an Upper East Side prep school girl turned artsy photographer could end her life so tragically while still in her prime. I am not usually a lover of biographies but Bosworth is a Vanity Fair contributing editor and knows how to tell this story so that you forget what you’re reading is not fiction.