Book Banter: What it Feels Like

57574Title:  Esquire Presents:  What it feels like
Author:  Various
Genre: Non-Fiction
Length: 144 pages
Where Stacie’s Copy Came From: Oshkosh Public Librarly
Plot Basics:  A collection of essays as told to various Esquire contributors about aspects their take on life.

Banter Points:  I picked this book up on a whim from the local library because the first essay I read was so descriptive of what it was like to live through a tornado, that I was immediately interested in every other topic.

The essays here were an eye opening collection organized by topics, such as what is it like to live through natural disasters, or illnesses.  I hadn’t ever thought about several of the topics, like what it is like to be struck by lightning or to ride a barrel over Niagara Falls.  The breadth of topics is astonishing too.  The book covers diseases like anorexia and schizophrenia, as well as walking on the moon.  My 12 year old thumbed through it as well, and read a couple of the essays, and declared it spectacular.

The essays are short, no more than 3 pages, most being probably around 500-750 words.  It’s easily a book to pick-up and set-down or read in a single sitting.  The voice of the person who experienced the event came through the retelling, which was awesome; it definitely didn’t feel like a single person retelling a bunch of stories, nor did the stories depend on the flair of the Esquire contributor.
Bummer Points:  A couple of the essays were a little over the top and made me a bit leery when the 12 year old was flipping through it.  For example, I could have done without the essay on the orgy (although, it did convince me that it was something I’d never ever ever want to try, should my already high level of disinterest ever change.  It sounded as revolting as I had imagined.)

Stacie’s Recommendation: Overall, a fun read.  It would be a great way to gain some insight into a natural phenomenon or circumstances very quickly.

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