It’s February already! Good riddance to January! Thankfully the four books on January’s list kept me occupied during such a crazy month; my husband has started a new job, my daughter was back to school after the Christmas break and I have officially been a stay at home mum for just over two months, figuring my way through the freelance world (quite scary for someone who has worked office jobs from her teens up til now.)
So on February’s list:
Mark Ellen – Rock Stars Stole My Life
In a sodden tent at a ’70s festival, the teenage Mark Ellen had a dream. He dreamt that music was a rich meadow of possibility, a liberating leap to a sparkling future, an industry of human happiness – and he wanted to be part of it. Thus began his 50-year love affair with rock and roll. From his time at the NME and Smash Hits to Radio One, Old Grey Whistle Test, Live Aid, Q, Select, Mojo and The Word magazines, he’s been at the molten core of its evolution, and watched its key figures from a unique perspective. This funny and touching personal memoir maps out his eventful journey. It tells stories and settles scores. It charts the peaks and disappointments. It flags up surprising heroes and barbecues the dull and self-deluded. It puts a chaotic world to rights and pours petrol on the embers of a glorious industry now in spiralling decline.
Bruce – Peter Ames Carlin
This sweeping biography of one of America’s greatest musicians is the first in twenty-five years to be written with the cooperation of Springsteen himself. With unfettered access to the artist, his family and band members, acclaimed music writer Peter Ames Carlin presents an intimate and vivid portrait.
Maria Semple – Today Will Be Different
Eleanor Flood knows she’s a mess. But today will be different. Today she will shower and put on real clothes. She will attend her yoga class after dropping her son, Timby, off at school. She’ll see an old friend for lunch. She won’t swear. She will initiate sex with her husband, Joe. But before she can put her modest plan into action – life happens.
For today is the day Timby has decided to pretend to be ill to weasel his way into his mother’s company. It’s also the day surgeon Joe has chosen to tell his receptionist – but not Eleanor – that he’s on vacation. And just when it seems that things can’t go more awry, a former colleague produces a relic from the past – a graphic memoir with pages telling of family secrets long buried and a sister to whom Eleanor never speaks.
From the dazzling pen of Maria Semple, author of bestselling Where’d You Go, Bernadette, comes a hilarious and life-affirming story about a woman who wakes up determined to be her best self.
I can’t wait to get stuck in!