Recommend something to me, please. I like fiction, books about Hollywood, biographies of writers,... I want something not to esoteric but intelligent and fun.
C.E. Crimmins and Tom O'Leary, "The Gay Man's Guide to Heterosexuality"
Green Eggs and Ham
It's an old one, but if you like biographies of writers try A. Scott Berg's Max Perkins: Editor of Genius
Perkins edited books for Hemingway, Fitzgerald and Wolfe. It's a great read and good background on those authors you had to read in high school and college.
"Blue Heaven" by Joe Keenan, and it's two sequels, "Putting On The Ritz" and "My Lucky Star".
Mark Twain's autobiography.
You'll need a couple of long plane rides to finish it, though.
"You'll Never Eat Lunch in This Town Again" by the late Julia Phillips is surprisingly well written. It's almost everything you describe, too.
Island in the Sea of Time
Alternative fiction of world history....Nantucket Island is thrown back in time to the end of the Bronze Age.
The Marvel Comics history is a great suggestion. Thank you, r10.
If you're interested in the history of comic books, read Chabon's The Amazing Adventures of Kavelier and Clay. I have NO interest in comic books, but I loved the book. It's one of my favourites, ever. It's one of the few books I wished were longer, because I didn't want to leave the world Chabon created. As a bonus, it also touches on the origins of Hollywood. It's really an incredible book.
[quote]"You'll Never Eat Lunch in This Town Again" by the late Julia Phillips is surprisingly well written.
Are you kidding? She's a terrible writer. That book was almost unreadable.
Do you like short stories? I've enjoyed Tom Perrotta's "Nine Inches" (not what you're thinking) and "What We Talk about When We Talk about Anne Frank" by Nathan Englander.
When I'm stuck traveling, I like things that don't require the constant concentration I like to give a novel.
I read MAUS on a train trip once. It's written in comic format, by Art Spiegelman, and it's about his father's experiences during the Holocaust. Not light reading, but because of the comic book style, I found it easy to put down and pick up.