I had insomnia Friday night, so I got up at 1:30 am and figured I’d read. I picked up MONSTER: The Autobiography of an L.A Gang Member.
Not my usual choice of reading. Not a book I’d ever buy for myself. The book was about a Crip Gang Banger, taking us through getting into the gang around 12 and into his 20’s. I only read the book because one of my (adult) sons read it and wanted me to read it. It’ s not light reading, often depressing and frustrating.
Surprisingly I am glad I read it. I’ve always read a variety of books. I’ve read FBI profiler books, cop books, and sometimes it’s interesting to get the “other side” point of view. As a writer, I find it useful. I don’t want a steady diet of this kind of reading though!
What about you guys? What unusual (for you) books have you read?