A week or two ago, this woman asked me for recommendations on a light read. She said her book club always chose books on heavy subjects and needed a dose of something light to bring levity to her summer reading. I happened to be in the R’s, and my attention was immediately brought to Tom Robbins, even though our library doesn’t have my favorite by him:
However, we do have several others by him, including Half Asleep in Frog Pajamas, which I thought might be a good start for her. I did warn her that he was, and is, “quirky” and a bit “off-beat” because I didn’t know if she’d appreciate his penchant for including lesbian scenes in his books (dude did write Even Cowgirls Get The Blues after all, which included multiple lesbian scenes). Qualifier: His books aren’t always about lesbians (in other words, that’s not the central part of the plots) and if they were, so what? You don’t have to read them, if you don’t like them. But folks in our small, insular community sometimes have their prejudices and I don’t want to rile them…well, not too much anyway.
So with those caveats, this past week she started toward me with one of his books, Jitterbug Perfume, in her hand. I thought she might be getting ready to attack me, because I had introduced her to something she considered “depraved.” Instead, she thanked me, which naturally made my day (one of those moments I thought, “Hey, this is why I’m doing this for minimal pay”) and also got me thinking about “light” reading.
What do you recommend when someone asks for a “light” read? What authors or books come immediately to mind? Today, I’ll be reading one of my favorite “light” authors (well, sometimes anyway), Donald E. Westlake, as I continue my way through his Dortmunder series and will be reading the 12th in the series, Watch Your Back!. And last but not least, what are you reading today? Light or otherwise?
Also in the “light” category, I’ll be making my way through today’s Sunday Salon posts and also the Sunday Weekend Spotlight posts over at StudioThirtyPlus.
For today’s Moment of Zen, I’ll leave you with this song from the late Dan Fogelberg, which was based on a chapter in the book pictured above: