Happy Literary Friday, My Lovelies! This week I read The View from the Cheap Seats by Neil Gaiman. I must disclose first and foremost that I am a tremendous fan of Gaiman's. He has written a couple of my top ten favorite books of all time, has created two of the most frighteningly sinister villains I've ever read, and he wrote The Graveyard Book, one of my youngest daughter's favorite books. I read it aloud to her when she was in sixth grade (the year it was published). I also took her and her big sister who was an eleventh grader at the time (big sis is also a Gaiman fan) to see him speak and read stories in Tuscaloosa. Yes, he is considered a rockstar in this household.
About The View From the Cheap Seats• Hardcover: 544 pages • Publisher: William Morrow (May 31, 2016)
About Neil GaimanNeil Gaiman is the New York Times bestselling author of the novels Neverwhere, Stardust, American Gods, Coraline, Anansi Boys, The Graveyard Book, Good Omens (with Terry Pratchett), The Ocean at the End of the Lane, and The Truth Is a Cave in the Black Mountains; the Sandman series of graphic novels; and the story collections Smoke and Mirrors, Fragile Things, and Trigger Warning. He is the winner of numerous literary honors, including the Hugo, Bram Stoker, and World Fantasy awards, and the Newbery and Carnegie Medals. Originally from England, he now lives in the United States. He is Professor in the Arts at Bard College. Find out more about Neil at his website, find all his books at his online bookstore, and follow him on Facebook, tumblr, Twitter, and his blog.
I enjoyed reading this selection of Gaiman's nonfiction. The pieces that discussed his childhood and his early affinity for reading, libraries, and books are among my favorites. In his Newberry Medal Speech entitled "Telling Lives for a Living...and Why We Do It" Gaiman had me laughing out loud: