Summer Escape: Plan B

Posted: July 30, 2012 by jerkmag in VAULT -- archives
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I’m not hundred percent sure what’s gotten into everyone but between bath salt sniffing face eaters in Miami, Tosh’s rape joke and the Colorado homicidal Joker psychopath—I seriously need a break.

Hesitant to set foot in a movie theater anytime soon and convinced my skin is permanently sunburned I’ve decided on plan B.  Ironically the only time I’m capable of getting through the first five pages of a book is during summer.  So, if you’re in need of one last summer escape or you’re actually a closet book nerd… here are three legitimate summer reads (in other words anything except The Hunger Games and Fifty Shades of Grey):

The Psychopath Test by Jon Ronson

READ THIS IF: You like learning quirky knowledge and you’re favorite shows are all crime dramas.

ALSO: Jon Ronson meets everyone ranging from a neuroscientist who has it out for the psychiatry industry, a self-proclaimed sane patient criminally institutionalized for life, and a legendary CEO speculated of psychopathy.  It may help you understand all the bat-shit-crazy people, or not.  Regardless, his writing style airs of honest curiosity and his distinct humor prevails… even though most serious psychopaths really aren’t funny.

The Silver Linings Playbook by Matthew Quick

READ THIS IF: You like rooting for the underdog, heartwarming stories, and Bradley Cooper.

ALSO: I’m a huge sucker for books made into movies.  Let me introduce you to Pat Peoples.  His theory is that life is a movie produced by God and if he does everything right his estranged wife Nikki will come back to him.  However, fate intervenes.  I saw the trailer and instantly bought the book.  How could you not read about two crazy fucked up people falling in love? (especially when they’re played by Bradley Cooper and Jennifer Lawerence).

The Tipping Point by Malcolm Gladwell

READ THIS IF: You have eyes.

ALSO: Malcolm Gladwell is one of the smartest people I’ve ever seen and he’s weird (in a good way).  If you’ve never heard of him picture a lanky black man with an afro and Harry Potter style glasses who writes insanely influential books.  Specifically, the Tipping Point is about how little things can make a big difference—from fashion trends to drops in crime rates.  The tipping point is that instant when a product or idea becomes viral.  Every page is fascinating and already changing how society thinks, so catch up.

-Sara Freund

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