The Trip to Echo Spring
I was very eager to start reading this book whenever I bought it. I nabbed it at Half Price Books for some ridiculously cheap price and never looked back. I mean, when the title is a quote from one of your favorite plays, how do you just pass that up? I'm always really drawn to reading about peoples lives and this seemed like the perfect opportunity to learn more about three men I admire and three I'd soon discover.
The Trip to Echo Spring - On Writers and Drinking by Olivia Laing was a terrific read. In this book Olivia discusses the creativity and lack of sobriety between some of the worlds greatest literary minds and how this binds them together. This book chronicles six men in particular: F. Scott Fitzgerald, Ernest Hemingway, Tennessee Williams, John Berryman, John Cheever and Raymond Carver. This book was an incredibly unique way for me to learn about some different authors as well because I'm constantly searching for new things to read.
Olivia was amazing in weaving together each of these men and drawing out for the reader just how similar their habits and lives are. I'm a huge fan of Williams and F. Scott so it was a treat to learn more about their early lives/childhood and delve into their minds. If you're a huge fan of non-fiction literature this is a great book for you to get into as it's really like a 6-for-1 special.