This week's topic: Top Ten Most Unique Books I’ve Read
1. Encyclopedia of an Ordinary Life, Amy Krouse RosenthalA memoir in encyclopedia form. I love this book.
2. Cooking Comically, Tyler CappsA cookbook in comic book form.
3. Self-Help, Lorrie MooreShort stories in second person. I adore second person narrative.
4. The Love, Loss, and What I Wore, Ilene BeckermanMemoir as told through clothing and simple sketches. I’ve always wanted to make a list of which outfits I’d choose to represent my life.
5. Hungry Ear: Poems of Food and Drink, Kevin Young (Ed)Poetry about food with special thought to arrangement. It’s one long feast!
6. Furnishing Forward: A Practical Guide to Furnishing for a Lifetime, Sheila Bridges, Anna Williams (photos)I really don’t remember what Bridges says, but I remember interior design really clicking for me when I read this book. I came away with a confidence in my own decorating style.
7. Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures, Mary Baker EddyMy textbook for life. This is how I heal everything from migraines to marital tiffs.
8. The Happiness Project, Gretchen RubinI love a good project book (A.J. Jacobs was my introduction to them), but this one is different in its earnestness. She does a great deal of research and plotting of happiness. And it works for her.
9. Press Here, Hervé TulletThis was the first children’s book I read that is interactive. There are more now—and perhaps this wasn’t the first—but this was the first I’d read, and I found it so ingenious and refreshing.
10. Underwater Dogs, Seth CasteelI love photography, and I love dogs. But these aren’t your average dog portraits. Plunging a playful dog underwater makes for a sometimes grotesque, sometimes graceful picture. I’m fascinated at how people come up with these ideas and then follow them through to completion.