One of the most hilarious things that has happened to me in a long time is getting an email that basically said “your post that criticizes our crappy culture makes fun of the things we read but doesn’t recommend anything for us to read instead” so i’m gonna go ahead and do just that:
No book has caused greater impact on my life than Viktor Frankl’s “Man’s Search for Meaning.” This book is not your typical holocaust memoir since it is written in the essay form and what he does here is introduce his psychological method which is called “logotherapy” through his experiences in a concentration camp.
The Book “New York” by Edward Rutheford, follows the story of an immigrant family from when they first get to New York in the late 1600’s until the present while telling the story of my beloved city. Its long but its worth if because of Rutheford’s brilliant storytelling skills. Who knew history could be so fun to read?
With all the talk about revolts in North Africa it would make sense to read something that will paint a picture of what life over there is like no? “The Yacoubian Building” presents to us modern Egyptian society from the eyes of different characters in different social classes. This book is short, but its heavy reading since its very graphic and violent.
So I understand deep historical reading is not for everyone, but if you’re going to read about pop culture at least do it right.”The Valley of the Dolls” was written almost 50 years ago yet it still addresses a lot of issues of our modern society such as drug abuse, excessive partying, excessive lifestyles in general and the corruption of showbiz. It could be considered ‘crappy culture’ reading for the smart girl.