Daisy Jones & the Six by Taylor Jenkins Reid
3 words: creative, compulsively readable, fast-moving
I’ve always loved books written in an oral history format, told from multiple viewpoints. I adored:
- Live from New York: The Complete, Uncensored History of Saturday Night Live as Told by Its Stars, Writers, and Guests by James A. Miller and Tom Shales
- Lincoln in the Bardo by George Saunders
- Truman Capote: In Which Various Friends, Enemies, Acquaintances and Detractors Recall His Turbulent Career by George Plimpton
- Indomitable Will: LBJ in the Presidency by Mark K. Updegrove
And one of my dear friends swears by the book Edie: American Girl by Jean Stein, which is also told in this style.
I adore the way the different narrators build on one another’s stories. I love the way they sometimes contradict one another (often in a dryly humorous way). I relish the nuance of the layers of narrative.
So the format of this book alone was my catnip.
And then you add fame, tortured souls, sex, drugs, and rock & roll — and you’ve got yourself a salacious, sensational book that’s nearly impossible to put down. (True story: I told a friend about this book on a Friday — and by Sunday she’d finished it.)
There’s also a strong dash of 1970s pop culture, and an insider’s look at life in a band. And also at the lives of the spouses and love interests of the band members, which adds another layer of human interest.
If you think you might read this book, my recommendation is to not read the jacket copy, which I read only afterward. I’m grateful I didn’t know where the narrative was heading, because finding out through reading was part of the pleasure. So I’ll refrain from adding in plot points, because you’ll want to discover the plot on your own.
Halfway through 2019, this is my favorite book of the year. It kept me hooked all the way through. Oh, I hope you’ll read it…
Give this book a whirl if you like… rock stars; documentary / oral history format; grim humor; the creative life; sex, drugs, and rock & roll; 1970s pop culture
What’s your favorite book so far this year? I’m always on the lookout for great word-of-mouth books, and I love hearing about people’s favorites.