Summer of Debauchery

Channeling Holly Golightly

Well, every summer for the past 20 years I have read several books, back to back. Some are bought, others are gifted and others have been sitting on my shelf whispering my name and laying a guilt trip which I am sure they learned from my mother.

Each year I choose a theme, or, to be more accurate, a theme chooses me. A few years ago I did The Rat Pack (Why Sinatra Matters, Yes I am, etc…) a few years before that I was immersed in The African American Experience (Roots, the Color Purple, etc)
So ladies (and Dad) Summer 2010’s theme is… (drumroll)… DEBAUCHERY

Here is a brief review of the books I have read so far and the one I am starting as soon as I hit “Post” this evening.

Breakfast at Tiffany’s

I have chosen to review this one first as it is my favorite that I have read this summer thus far and the inspiration for the outfit in today’s post which, by the way, I wore to get my tooth extracted this afternoon.
Holly Golightly is by far my favorite literary whore. Truman Capote is an amazing wordsmith. It is almost contradictory to read such eloquent words written about drugs and sex. The book comes with a few extra short stories which are likewise, about sex and drugs.

Some girls

Synopsis…Jersey girl becomes part of a Harem. Now, I don’t like to judge, but I don’t like biographies where the narrator constantly berates the people around them as having few morals when they themselves are doing the exact same thing. Plus, she is so filled with guilt that she has trouble actually depicting what happened to her accurately. The shopping scenes are fun- the debauchery scenes are a little like when you tell your husband about your ex-boyfriend. You can’t pretend that you didn’t like him…but you can’t make him seem like he was THAT much fun.

How to Make Love Like a Portn Star: Jenna Jameson Autobiography

Please do not read this book. It is an insult to literacy.

Last Exit to Brooklyn

Oh my Gosh- This book was amazing- but very gritty. I still feel like I need a Silkwood shower and I finished reading it a month and a half ago. If your favorite book is “The Secret Garden” this book is not for you.

The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo

My mother read this and hated it…my cousin read it and loved it. I am going to decide myself.


  1. I tend to read in themes, too. Sometimes I don't even realize what the theme is until I've read a few books and can see a common thread. Then of course, there was the Gene Kelly obsession...

  2. I have not been reading enough at all lately. Now I'm inspired.

  3. I've been wanting to read "Breakfast at Tiffany's" for years (it's my favourite movie), but it's hard to find.

    Try "Fanny Hill" - it's awesome.

  4. Well, "The Secret Garden" is one of my favorite books, so I guess I won't be reading "Last Exit to Brooklyn". I just bought "The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo". I'm curious to see if I'm going to like it as much as others have. I just finished "Lolita". I guess you could say Humbert Humbert dabbled in debauchery of one sort or another.

  5. I really need to start reading again. Last year a read a ton of books, and this year, zip.

    I guess I haven't found any that really grab me yet.

  6. Great reviews. I was going to read Some Girls as it looked interesting, glad I read your review! Maybe if I see it on clearance somewhere! xoxo

  7. As you may have noticed in my blog, I read pretty often since I am in a book club. But we have been missing a few meetings (and I will be missing another one to attend a wedding). But your reviews were excellent.. and that dress is a perfect inspiration of Breakfast at Tiffany's... but to the dentist.. not so much fun. Last Exit to Brooklyn sounds interesting. Maybe I will suggest it to the club..if so.. I'll let you know.

  8. Truman always knew how to rock it out, loved Breakfast at Tiffanys. Have you read Other Voices, Other Rooms? Confusing, mind blowing stuff. Love your blog!


  9. I have to check it out. I love warped literature. Tom Robbins, Kurt Vonnegut, I even went through a Carlos Castenada Stage


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