Welcome back to Rosie’s Reading…
According to my Goodreads account I’m one book behind schedule and here I was thinking that I was doing rather well! These last couple of weeks I’ve managed to finish two books – not too shabby considering my busy schedule of late.
Born to Run, Bruce Springsteen
Goodreads says… In 2009, Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band performed at the Super Bowl’s halftime show. The experience was so exhilarating that Bruce decided to write about it. That’s how this extraordinary autobiography began.
Over the past seven years, Bruce Springsteen has privately devoted himself to writing the story of his life, bringing to these pages the same honesty, humor, and originality found in his songs.
He describes growing up Catholic in Freehold, New Jersey, amid the poetry, danger, and darkness that fueled his imagination, leading up to the moment he refers to as “The Big Bang”: seeing Elvis Presley’s debut on The Ed Sullivan Show. He vividly recounts his relentless drive to become a musician, his early days as a bar band king in Asbury Park, and the rise of the E Street Band. With disarming candor, he also tells for the first time the story of the personal struggles that inspired his best work and shows us why the song “Born to Run” reveals more than we previously realized.
Born to Run will be revelatory for anyone who has ever enjoyed Bruce Springsteen, but this book is much more than a legendary rock star’s memoir. This is a book for workers and dreamers, parents and children, lovers and loners, artists, freaks, or anyone who has ever wanted to be baptized in the holy river of rock and roll.
Rarely has a performer told his own story with such force and sweep. Like many of his songs (“Thunder Road,” “Badlands,” “Darkness on the Edge of Town,” “The River,” “Born in the U.S.A.,” “The Rising,” and “The Ghost of Tom Joad,” to name just a few), Bruce Springsteen’s autobiography is written with the lyricism of a singular songwriter and the wisdom of a man who has thought deeply about his experiences.
Rosie says… I didn’t know very much about Bruce before reading this aside from him being “The Boss” and I was super keen to smash through his book before seeing him in concert this month. The first 30 pages or so I found a little clunky to get through but once I found his rhythm it was like slipping into a pair of old PJs.
Honestly, Bruce is a major DUDE! He’s never worked an “honest” day in his life and has only ever been a musician. *SIGH* I thoroughly enjoyed reading Born to Run and learning about how it all began back in the day. It was also lovely having a bit of incite into his life while seeing him rock out in all his glory.
Read this book… if you have dreams of being a rock star or just really into them!
Orange Is The New Black, Piper Kerman
Goodreads says… With a career, a boyfriend, and a loving family, Piper Kerman barely resembles the reckless young woman who delivered a suitcase of drug money ten years before.
But that past has caught up with her.
Convicted and sentenced to fifteen months at the infamous federal correctional facility in Danbury, Connecticut, the well-heeled Smith College alumna is now inmate #11187–424 — one of the millions of people who disappear “down the rabbit hole” of the American penal system.
From her first strip search to her final release, Kerman learns to navigate this strange world with its strictly enforced codes of behavior and arbitrary rules. She meets women from all walks of life, who surprise her with small tokens of generosity, hard words of wisdom, and simple acts of acceptance.
Heartbreaking, hilarious, and at times enraging, Kerman’s story offers a rare look into the lives of women in prison—why it is we lock so many away and what happens to them when they’re there.
Rosie says… The T.V. series has been on my “to watch” list for THE longest time and when I realised it was based on a true story (I’m a nut for true crime) I really wanted to read it before getting stuck into a Diet Coke fuelled marathon (I’m old fashioned that way!).
I really enjoyed Kerman’s account of her time in prison and all the colourful characters she befriended (and the ones she didn’t!) but I felt like she was one of the lucky ones. After being engrossed by 60 Days In (anyone else catch this?) I’m pretty sure her minimum security prison in Connecticut was a little tamer than what we’re used to hearing about but it was very entertaining nonetheless.
Read this book…. if you’re having thoughts about committing a crime!
Read any good books lately?…