A few years ago, I heard Daniel Nayeri speak at Calvin College’s Festival of Faith and Writing. He talked about his book Straw House, Wood House, Brick House, Blow. He also showed us the book trailers (which I’ll put below).
I HAD to read the book.
And I finally did. Just a few days ago. I wish I would have read it sooner.
This book is the most unique book I’ve ever read – and you know I read a lot. It’s a collection of 4 novellas, each with a completely different storyline and characters. Nayeri is clever and imaginative.
This book was so far out of the box that I wondered if the box was blown to smithereens.
I loved this book. I will read it again. I’m looking forward to when my kids are teens so they can enjoy it, too.
Like I said, I read a lot. But I can get stuck in a rut easily. I could easily read Steinbeck for years with nothing else in between. I have to be intentional about pursuing books that are wildly different. It’s good for my creativity. It’s good for my writing. Even if I’ll never write a novel from the point of view of death (yes, that’s one of the novellas…and he’s pretty charming, really), I’m still engaging my creative brain in a new way. It’s good for me.
So, tell me, what books have you read which denied the “box” of convention? What’s a book that delighted your creativity? Or what’s a book (fiction or nonfiction) that made you laugh out loud?
And here, as promised, are those book trailers.