McSweeney’s also has a really cool book subscription program – for $100 you will be sent the next 10 books they publish. This is a huge savings, and totally fun. It wouldn’t work for any huge publisher, too much stuff I wouldn’t ever want. But McSweeney’s publishes a very certain type of book, and so far I’ve loved every book of theirs I’ve read. My favorite humor books, the HOW series by Dr. Haggis-on-Whey (Animals of the Ocean; Giraffes, Giraffes!; and Your Disgusting Head).
Currently, I’m reading two books that McSweeney’s published, What is the What by Dave Eggers and The Polysyllabic Spree by Nick Hornby.
What is the What is incredible. Dave Eggers is so original and talented. McSweeney’s discribes the book book much better than I can, so here’s the link.
The Polysyllabic Spree is fantastic. All I really have to do is quote the blurb on the front for you to see why: “A hilarious and true account of one man’s struggle with the monthly tide of the books he’s bought and the books he’s been meaning to read.” Was this written just for me? Or, as Nick Hornby himself says in the book – “In other words, it wasn’t just up my street; it was actually knocking on my front door and peering through the letterbox to see if I was in.”