Curt and I are leaving for Puerto Vallarta on Saturday and are both a little stumped about what books to take along. Typically, we've each got two good beach books to take along. This year, zippo. I do have some Amy Tan book buried in my car that might be an option. So, my friends, we are turning to you. The qualifications for good beach reading for us are:
1. Must be entertaining (in a broad sense) and not too deep, dense or thought provoking. This is vacation after all.
2. Must be able to be found at Barnes & Noble and preferably can be found without Oprah's (self appointed spiritual leader of America- poor Gail) seal of approval on it. I'm not a big O fan. Now, if Liza Minelli had a seal of approval that would be another story, he said with quivering jazz hands.
3. Must not be a romance (straight or gay) and must not be a family history that spans centuries with hundreds of characters. That would be too confusing for a beach read and hard to jump back in after being distracted by lovely beach goers every 10 pages or so.
4. I really like essays, particularly humorous essays. I've read everything by Sarah Vowell and David Sedaris, so they're out.
So, can you help?