Last night, when I was dusting off my bedside table, I noticed my biography choices this summer have a definite theme. Evidently, I like to read about blondes. Specifically, musical ones.
Top to bottom…
California Dreamin’: The True Story of the Mamas & the Papas
by Michelle Phillips
Wonderful Tonight: George Harrison, Eric Clapton & Me
by Pattie Boyd
Tammy Wynette: Tragic Country Queen by Jimmy McDonough
I have a habit of alternating between fiction and biographies, so after finishing Wonderful Tonight (grade=C) in June, I moved on to Daughter of Fortune (grade=B), which I finally wrapped up last Saturday at the beach.
Seeing as it’s time for a biography, I started the book on Tammy yesterday and am one chapter in. First impression: It’s awesome. The writing is solid, but just as importantly, I can tell that McDonough’s fascinated by Wynette, and that her music moves and inspires him (as well it should). There’s nothing more boring than a music bio written by someone who seems to care nothing about the artist, their story or their music, and is simply (and sometimes, clinically) reporting the facts at an arm’s length.
Anyway, I’m looking forward to curling up with it tonight, after this busy, busy day winds down. How gorgeous is that photo of her on the cover, by the way? Love those big curls.
What are you reading this summer?
I’ll be needing a fiction fix next and would love to hear what page-turners are taking up space at your bedside.