My so-called Luck

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Tag: Memoir

The Books I’m Listening To: Ach, diese Lücke diese entsetzliche Lücke // Oh, This Gap, This Horrible Gap by Joachim Meyerhoff.

Joachim Meyerhoff’s memoirs about his childhood, his teenage year in the US and now also his recent book about his time as student on the drama school are always great! I read the first  book together with my literature club. The second one I listened to as an audio book. For his third book Ach, diese Lücke diese entsetzliche Lücke (Translation: Oh, This Gap, This Horrible Gap), the author read live at the Schauspielhaus Hamburg. I went there in February together with my literature ladies. Now, the live reading of the whole book is available and I am totally into it.

This book comprises  Joachim Meyerhoff’s time at the drama school in Munich, during which he lived in his grandparents house. The story narrates his life between two worlds – at the drama school where he has to learn to play a hippo as a figure out of Effi Briest and in his grandparents antique surroundings where everything stays as it is. A funny, sad and entertaining book that makes me often laugh out loud and pensive at the same time.

I wish you a wonderful weekend! Have a playful one :)!

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The Books I’m Listening To: Wild – A Journey from Lost to Found by Cheryl Strayed!

Another book I am listening to instead of reading it: Wild – A Journey from Lost to Found by Cheryl Strayed, the wonderful presenter of my favorite podcast Dear Sugar Radio. Wild is her second book and actually a memoir about her trip on the Pacific Crest Trail when she was 26 years old.

After her mother’s rapid death from cancer, Cheryl’s life and marriage crumbled apart. When she got her hands on a guide about the Pacific Crest Trail she made the impulsive decision to walk eleven-hundred miles of the west coast of America – alone. Without any hiking experience the journey was mentally and physically extremely demanding, but nothing but incredible. The book gives insights into her thoughts on the trip and her adventures on the trail, but it also narrates the story that led to it. A fantastic and inspiring memoir!

I wish you a wonderful weekend! Have an adventurous one :)!

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Summer Reading: Never Have I Ever by Katie Heaney!

Never Have I Ever: My Life (so far) Without a Date …Wow, that’s a title. What does she mean with “My Life Without a Date”? Those were the first thoughts I had in mind when I discovered Katie Heaney’s book in the book shop. I hoped to find a Bridget Jones – like read that would enlighten my summer days at the beach. And yes, indeed: The book was funny and hilarious and … personal. Katie Heaney describes her 25 years on this earth searching the love of her life and never – and I mean really NEVER – being successful in dating someone. I can totally recommend you this book – it’s a great summer read!

I wish you a wonderful weekend, filled with great books, coffee and friends!

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The Diving Bell and the Butterfly: A Memoir of Life in Death by Jean-Dominique Bauby!

Here comes the sentence I always start a book post with: Finally a book post again! This time I would like to recommend you a book that was a freaking long time on my to-read list: The Diving Bell and the Butterfly: A Memoir of Life in Death by Jean-Dominique Bauby. Last summer I found a copy of it at a book stall with used books (and everyone who knows me is right when he/she thinks that it was not the only book that found its way from the stall into my flat to make the piles of unread books on my living room floor even higher). Nevertheless, there were a lot of other books I wanted to read as well. So I decided to read this little memoir parallel to the other ones, which – thanks to its short chapters that all are single anectodes – worked out perfectly well. That’s what the book is about:

In 1995, 44-year-old Jean-Dominique Bauby was the editor-in-chief of French Elle and the father of two young children. Then he had a stroke to the brainstem.  After 20 days in a coma, Bauby awoke with the locked-in syndrome: Only his left eye functioned. Using it he was able to dictate words by blinking while the alphabet was recited to him slowly to select the letters he meant. While laying in the hospital he used this technique to write his book – a memoir about his past, his family, his condition and the everyday life in the hospital.

I expected the book to be dramatic and sad. It is dramatic and sometimes very sad, indeed. But it is also full of humour, of self-acceptance and reflection of the past. I great read!

I wish you a wonderful weekend, filled with many lazy hours to read your piles of books!

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