And that will be the final time I whine on here about my foot. I'll just do it elsewhere.
Three of the last four books I've read have been the best books I've read all year. The first, California by Edan Lepucki, is a post-apocalyptic novel that kicked my ass. Wonderful writing. The second, Citrus County by John Brandon, is about a young boy who doesn't exactly fit in, and the last is Fourth of July Creek by Smith Henderson, a story about a social worker in Montana set a couple decades ago. All three are wonderful books and made me happy even holding them, much less reading them. Books do that to me. When I have a book I love, I want it near me. I just like having a good book in my lap or next to me. Some weird fetish maybe?
Scars by David Owen
This is a wonderful essay, not only about scars, "Over the years, your body becomes a kind of historical document, in which certain dramatic moments are memorialized in scar tissue," but also friendship and growing up. It's a fairly short piece, about five pages, and it made me want to read more from David Owen.
Essay: 9 of 10
I really like how the narrative jumps around a little bit. It starts with one scar-inducing accident, moves to more scar histories, and then goes back to the first one. And then the last third is about an adventure. I think some people would be frustrated by the non-linear approach, but I liked it.
Teachability: 10 of 10
This is a perfect sample text for a personal narrative. Everyone has scars and what a great way to get a student to tell a story. I'll use this for sure.