My summer reading list: Beth Linder Carr

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Beth Linder Carr
Creative nonfiction, incoming

A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius by Dave Eggers has been sitting on my shelf for a while, and now that I see it’s on the creative nonfiction reading list, I’m going to break it open.

I’m excited to be returning to CSU Summer Arts this July, taking a course on essay writing. Roxane Gay is one of our guest artists, so I’ve just picked up a copy of her essay collection Bad Feminist. (Lydia Yuknavitch is one of our teachers too, but I already read her great stuff when she helped teach the Summer Arts memoir class last summer.)

A local writing contest stirred some discomfort in me when I was asked to be a judge, so I’ve decided to revisit No Contest: The Case Against Competition by Alfie Kohn.

I feel like reading in German again, so I’m going to pick up the two comic novels of David Safier that I bought the last time I was there: Muh! and Happy Family. I hope they’re as good as his Plötzlich Shakespeare, in which lovesick Rosa consults a hypnotist and ends up being transported back to 1594 where she’s suddenly occupying the same body as William Shakespeare. She will not be allowed back to the present until she has discovered what true love is. Shakespeare is not at all pleased to have this strange woman occupy and control his body, but while the two try to work this strange situation out, the most unusual love story in the history of the world unfolds. (My synopsis/translation of the back cover!)

The God of Small Things by Arundhati Roy is another unread book on my shelf. I’ve heard great things about it.

Beth Linder Carr with her AP English class at Sierra High School
Beth Linder Carr with her AP English class at Sierra High School
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