Friday, July 11, 2008

Nancy Pearl on Carry-On Books

Over at NPR, Nancy Pearl (ex-librarian and pro-book-recommender) describes what makes a good book for airplane reading:
You want a book — either fiction or nonfiction — that's complex enough to smother your annoyance when the guy in the row ahead reclines his seat into your lap, but not so intellectually challenging that it demands a dictionary. No plotless wonders with paragraph-length sentences; you need to be able to put the book down when the person sitting by the window needs to step over you to get to the bathroom. Mostly you want something that's intriguing enough to make you forget that you're 34,000 feet in the air and, in your heart of hearts, you don't really understand how the plane stays up.
Nancy gives us nine suggestions that meet this definition.


Marie said...

Nice! She's hilarious- and so right! :-)

Anonymous said...

I love Nancy Pearl, and her words on this subject are so true! I always love to see what other people are reading in the airport, then I feel guilty for judging them...then I get over it and decide there really is no excuse for reading bad books when such good ones, like the ones Ms. Pearl recommends, exist.