Killing Yourself to Live by Chuck Klosterman. While writing at Spin, Klosterman is sent on an "epic" assignment of his choice. He decides to road trip around the United States, visiting places where rock stars have met their ends. As usual, Klosterman's obscure music knowledge is incredibly interesting to read about - learning lots of assorted trivia without having to seek it out on your own. I loved that this book also included an inspection of his own relationships, including the "deaths" of two of them. Klosterman has a great way of writing intimately about himself, but somehow taking himself out of it. I think he gives out just enough personal information to leave the reader to complete the story, without exploiting those he knows by spilling his guts across the page.
Naked by David Sedaris. Originally read and reviewed in November 2011. Just as funny as the first time. I felt like his essays were more developed than some others, perhaps the later volumes. Many are long with more narrative than humor, which works really well.
The Time Between by Karen White. Eleanor works full-time in client services at a law firm, but her job doesn't end when she gets home. She cares for her older sister Eve, who is in a wheelchair, as well as their aging mother. Eve's husband helps out as much as he can, but there are unresolved feelings between him and Eleanor that make it difficult for the two to be together. When Eleanor's boss asks her to be a caretaker for his ill, ninety-year-old great-aunt, Eleanor thinks it's a great opportunity for her to break out of the shell her home life has forced her into. As a bonus, the great-aunt lives on Edisto, the island where Eleanor and her sister grew up. Being back at her favorite place helps Eleanor come to terms with many issues in her life, and learning about the great-aunt's history helps her see the bigger picture.