Most books are built out of a single idea and build and build into a fabulous book with 300 pages of solid gold content. Many of these books listed fall into that category, but I thought I would have fun whittling a few books I've read down to their VERY ESSENCE.
Perhaps one day I will turn this listicle into a book of its own, where I delve into the very raw creative process of paring a book down to its very soul. I could probably wring at least 200 pages out of it!
Okay, here are the results of that raw creative process:
Educated: A Memoir by Tara Westover:
My family was a hot hillybilly mess, and I got the hell out of there to do some book learnin'.
Zeitoun by Dave Eggers:
Hurricane Katrina really sucked.
The Radium Girls by Kate Moore:
Seriously, can you believe that we let women work with radium to make watch numbers even though jaws were literally falling out of mouths left and right?
The Checklist Manifesto by Atul Gawande:
13 Things Mentally Strong People Don't Do by Amy Morin:
Look, just try to grow up a little bit, ok?
Troublemaker: Surviving Hollywood and Scientology by Leah Remini:
Scientology is a crazy cult-like religion and Tom Cruise is insane.
PostSecret: Extraordinary Confessions from Ordinary Lives by Frank Warren:
Actually, everyone is insane.
A Man Called Ove by Fredrik Backman:
Grumpy old men are people, too.
Wonder by R.J. Palacio:
Little boys with facial deformities are also people, too.
The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins:
Drunk people (are also people too but) don't usually make credible witnesses.
Me Before You by Jojo Moyes
Love and euthanasia aren't always the best combination.
The Red Tent by Anita Diamant
Yeah, it was a hard life back in the day, but for one week a month you could lay around in a tent while people fanned you, rubbed your feet and fed you grapes and such while you built meaningful female relationships.
Eat, Pray, Love:
Money + freedom = happiness.
We Need to Talk About Kevin by Lionel Shriver
Wow, Kevin was an awful human being, and readers should definitely think twice before procreating because you could have a KEVIN and then your life is over!
The Road by Cormac McCarthy:
Probably better to just die in the apocalypse.
Please add to this listicle in the comments!
Mom of four, wife of one. By day I fund-raise with coffee, by night I read with wine and chocolate.