Playwrights, Cheesemongers, and Vampires Weigh Down Our She Writes Nightstand

She Writers are certainly readers, and nothing on the shelf will escape their reach. Check out this week's picks of what's topping the wonderful nightstands of our fellow She Writers!

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Our first feature of the day? An inspiring photograph and the low-down from Kristi Taylor:

"The Practical Guide to Practically Everything" will always be by my bedside. I've long pondered writing a play and the task seems less daunting with "Naked Playwriting" and "Medieval Mysteries, Moralities and Interludes" nearby. Rebecca West and H.G. Wells are my childhood favorites, and it only seems right to smash some "Truth Needs No Ally" and "The Emergence of Lincoln" in between.

Thanks Kristi!

Next up, a trip to China, where we hear from our She Writer in the East-- Nicki Johnson:

I'm reading a well used copy of Midnight's Children by Salman Rushdie left here accidentally by a Brit passing through. I swear I'll reunite him with it but first I thought I'd take a peek inside - after all books in English are hard to come by for this American expat in China.

When I opened it I sneezed - a lot. And this book is about India, which, to be honest, doesn't hold quite the allure for me as a few other places I could name but...the more I read the more I liked and now that I'm close to the end I don't really want it to stop.

Also, I'm reading my second ever e-book (the first was The Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde) on my still somewhat newish and absolutely fantastic Android phone. Actually it's four books at once - The Ware Tetralogy by Rudy Rucker. It seems so suited to this format, reading on a shiny little electronic screen as I zip around Haikou on the bus, so futuristic. I love it. As I'm nearing the end of that as well though, I'm looking around to see what I should download next...

Thanks Nicki--tai hao le!

Kerry Newberry shares a deliciously diverse set with us:

I have quite a stack-subjects ranging from farmers to cheesemakers. Also, just picked up beautiful fiction (The Blind Contessa’s New Machine) reminds me of the works of Gabriel Garica Marquez.

*Deeply Rooted: Unconventional Farmers in the Age of Agribusiness by Lisa Hamilton
*Judgement of Paris: California vs. France and the Historic 1976 Paris Tasting That Revolutionized Wine by George Taber
*Cheesemonger: A Life on the Wedge by Gordon Edgar
*Coop: A Year of Poultry, Pigs and Parenting by Michael Perry
*One Nation Under Dog: Adventures in the New World of Prozac-Popping Puppies, Dog-Park Politics, and Organic Pet Food
*Meat: A Love Story by Susan Bourette
*The Blind Contessa’s New Machine by Carey Wallace
*Finding Water: The Art of Perseverance by Julia Cameron

Thank you Kerry!

Finally-- vampires continue to hold court on many a She Writer nightstand, and nowhere is this more evident than on the reading list of our She Writer DL King, who writes:

I've come to realize that I really am a vampire junkie. I'm currently reading The Passage by Justin Cronin, as well as catching up on some YA vampire stuff on my Kindle (Vampire Academy by Richelle Mead and Glass Houses by Rachel Caine). Women of the Bite is lesbian vampire erotica edited by Cecilia Tan. Some very fine stories there.

I'm in Sex in the City NY, edited by Maxim Jakubowski, and just finishing it now. Really enjoying such well-written, literary erotica.

Been wanting to read Palace of Varieties, by James Lear, forever (gay erotica), and figure if it's on my bed table, I might get to it faster.

Map, by Audrey Beth Stein, is a coming out memoir. I met her at the Saints and Sinners Literary Festival in New Orleans last May. Excellent book!

Vampires and sex--so there you have it.

Thanks DL-- and all! Please keep your posts, and those great photographs, coming!

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Comment by Marcia Kemp Sterling on September 27, 2012 at 1:25pm

Having loved Stephanie Kallos' Broken for You, my current middle-of-the-night audiobook is Sing Them Home, another winner by Kallos.  She sees the world in a unique, maybe even quirky, way but captures something at the essence of the human experience that I really love.  Also, when Gore Vidal died, I heard about one of his early novels, Julian, and decided to pick it up.  I've never been a Vidal fan, but this is historic fiction worthy of Hilary Mantel.  Julian paints a picture of the era when Christianity was in a power struggle with the "old" religions of Greece and Rome--really compelling.


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