Books About Frida Kahlo
One thing I still haven't found though is a great biography of Frida Kahlo. I've read The Lacuna by Barbara Kingsolver (one of my favourite authors since I was a teenager) and really enjoyed it, but it doesn't really take the place of a biography. It was a fictional novel and her character, even if it was based on her real life and real events, was serving a purpose in the story and only showed us one small part of her life. So a biography of Frida Kahlo is on the to do list.
Frida Kahlo Her Photos is a well curated collection of photos owned by Frida. It reminds me of visiting Francis Bacon's studio where all the photos are strewn around and you can go through every gruesome, scribbled on image on the computer screens one by one. It's an insight into the artists interest. With this book it feels a little voyeuristic. Frida was so meticulous about her public image it seems bizarre to be leafing through her family photos and seeing photos of her as a young girl before she became Frida The Icon! The introductions to each section are beautifully written, and awfully translated which only adds to their charm.
The Diary Of Frida Kahlo is a reprint of her personal diary with drawings, paintings, lots of bits of poetry/writing and it makes me wish I could read spanish! There's translations at the back, with commentary, but since there are no page numbers on the original diary entries it's a bit of a hassle to find the corresponding page and you lose that instant impact of seeing the image and words together. It's a beautiful coffee table book and one of these days I'm going to spend a bit more time pouring over it.
Silo Series by Hugh Howey
I'm all about books set in dystopian futures! If it's not post apocalyptic I'm not interested. This series is the best I've read in a long time. Every book in the trilogy is an absolute page turner. I'm not actually sure if it's meant to be young adult fiction or not, the language is generally quite simple but then the subject matter isn't. At no point do teenagers fall in love or find themselves in a love trianlge and that's pretty much the defining trait of YA fantasy/sci-fi right?
The series started out as a few short stories Howey wrote and self published. I like that. I'd give Howey a high five if he was here.
Books by American comedians
Bossy Pants by Tina Fey - Pretty good
Yes Please by Amy Poehler - Ok
Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me by Mindy Kahling - Don't bother