Non-Fiction: Steve Martin's Born Standing Up

The sign of a good book, for me, is when I can read straight through it in a few days. This was the case with Steve Martin's memoir, Born Standing Up: A Comic's Life. I've greatly enjoyed reading Martin's novellas (Shopgirl and The Pleasure of My Company), and found this memoir to be equally engaging and smooth reading. Sometimes you need a nice and easy read, and all of Martin's seem to fit this bill, while not being tawdry crap. That is to say, these don't need to be guilty pleasures. He uses a real vocabulary and everything! :) Notable quote from the book:

"I continued to pursue my studies and half believed I might try for a doctorate in philosophy and become a teacher, as teaching is, after all, a form of show business." (p86)

Anyway, I highly recommend this book - especially if you like that "wild and crazy guy." :) Up next: unsure, but I think it'll be Freedom House's Today's American: How Free?.

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