Saturday, December 27, 2008

What is Mac Montandon reading?

This weekend's featured contributor at Writers Read: Mac Montandon, author of the newly released Jetpack Dreams: One Man's Up and Down (But Mostly Down) Search for the Greatest Invention That Never Was.

His entry begins:
I've been reading Apples and Oranges, a memoir about her often difficult relationship with her brother by the journalist Marie Brenner. I saw the book on a couple of end-of-year Best Of lists and it looked interesting so I picked it up. It is quite good and well done -- the writing is sharp and the dynamics of the relationships are nuanced and familiar to anyone who has had strained familial experiences, which is everyone, really. I am additionally interested in Brenner's book as I'm thinking about...[read on]
Watch the Jetpack Dreams trailer and read an excerpt from the book at the official website.

Among the praise for Jetpack Dreams:
"Reading this book is as fun as zooming through the sky with a rocket on your back. And better yet, you won't break your collarbone doing it."
— A.J. Jacobs, Author of The Know-it-All and The Year of Living Biblically

"Jetpack Dreams is a delightful and engrossing story of the quest for one of humankind's greatest technological fantasies—to strap on a device and fly like a bird."
— Mark Frauenfelder, editor-in-chief of Make Magazine and founder of
Writers Read: Mac Montandon.

--Marshal Zeringue