A detective who grows orchids in mid-town Manhattan, an acid trip of a story, a picture book for grown ups and a rock star biography. In between working on new material that hits airwaves in September, singer and songwriter Uday Benegal takes a picture of himself and his bookshelf so you can read well tonight.
1. Timequake by Kurt Vonnegut
Kilgore Trout gets stuck in an accident of time in this one. Vonnegut is hilariously brilliant as always.
2. The Museum of Innocence by Orhan Pamuk
This is everything a Pamuk book invariably is—dense, engrossing, enriching, heavy and just fantastic.
The finest detective series I’ve ever read. Because the elephantine sleuth cracks the toughest cases while never leaving his house. And he has a gourmet chef. And grows orchids. In Midtown Manhattan.
3. The Story of My Experiments With Truth by MK Gandhi
The Mahatma will always be my hero.
4. Life by Keith Richards
I’ve never been into autobiographies. Or the Rolling Stones. But this account is one the best reads I’ve had in a long time. Keith Richards’ gonzo prose is top shelf.
5. Kitchen Confidential by Anthony Bourdain
From one gonzo guy to another. Bourdain’s backroom tell-all of NYC’s restaurant world is just a cover for some truly fabulous writing.
6. The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams
Want a mind blowing acid trip but hate taking drugs?
7. Haroun and the Sea of Stories by Salman Rushdie
Because it’s got pictures. And some of Rushdie’s most honest writing.
8. Em and the Big Hoom by Jerry Pinto
Here’s honesty again. Probably the most truthful story I’ve read. Outstanding.
9. The Power of Now by Eckhart Tolle
Because now is where it’s at, Kat! Everything else is figment.
10. Nero Wolfe mysteries by Rex Stout
The finest detective series I’ve ever read. Because the elephantine sleuth cracks the toughest cases while never leaving his house. And he has a gourmet chef. And grows orchids. In midtown Manhattan.
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