|current stack of books on my desk, photo of me + my two bffs, and an ashtray from paris full of guitar picks.|
So as we all know, the last installment of the Smutty Book Club was a total let-down. Although Jemina and I were excited at the prospect of rekindling our former glory days of drinking wine and reading dirty books, we admit that we should have done a little more research regarding the drivel that is 50 Shades. It seems to me that there is a serious gap in the dirty book market as it pertains to women who enjoy smart books and also enjoy a little smut on occasion. So in an effort to redeem ourselves, we searched far and wide for books that we found more interesting, more engaging, and well-written. We aren't asking for a Pulitzer Prize winner over here, but we are looking for something to hold our attention.
We have landed on a memoir by legendary groupie (and inspiration for Penny Lane in Almost Famous) Pamela Des Barres. The book, I'm With the Band, is an account of her life as a young woman and groupie in the 1960s; it includes several cameos by musicians of the day including Captain Beefheart, Mick Jagger, and Chris Hillman among many others. I've already started the book, so you can rest assured that this is a major step up. I'm not sure how much of the book is true or if it is in fact an over-glamorized fantasy of a woman on drugs. But honestly? Who wouldn't want to get vicariously lost in 1960s Los Angeles with a promiscuous teenager with a penchant for highly talented musicians?
We'd love for you to join us... Grab you a copy and get to readin'. We'll discuss in mid-July.
Consider it your summer reading.