Six Degrees of Separation – from Less Than Zero to The Great Gatsby

It’s time for #6degrees. Join in and see which direction your book chain takes you.

This month we begin with controversial bestseller by a member of the eighties ‘literary Brat Pack’ – Bret Easton Ellis’s Less Than Zero.

Another member of the literary Brat Pack was Jay McInerney, whose book, Bright Lights, Big City launched his career and remains one of the best eighties New York stories you’ll read.

I’m currently reading Rob Lowe’s autobiography, Stories I Only Tell My Friends. Lowe was a member of the Brat Pack, and also starred in the movie version of John Irving’s The Hotel New Hampshire.

Hotels provide the link to Amor Towles’s most recent book, A Gentleman in Moscow – it tells the story of a man sentenced to house arrest in a grand hotel.

When you think about living in a hotel, it’s hard to go past Eloise by Kay Thompson.

Eloise lives in New York’s Plaza Hotel. The Plaza gets a cameo in The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald.

Apart from a brief visit to Moscow, I didn’t really stray far from New York and Hollywood this month. I wonder where other chains will go? Link up below (or add your link in the Comments section).

Next month (December 2, 2017), we’ll begin with a book that I haven’t read because I’m a scaredy-pants – Stephen King’s It.

44 responses

  1. I’ve always had a great affection (ahem) for Rob Lowe and loved Hotel New Hampshire, although I’d forgotten that Jodi Foster was in it. What’s his autobiography like?

    • Almost halfway through and it’s excellent. Surprisingly well written, entertaining. Well worth a read if you like Rob! (The chapter on The Outsiders is sensational).

  2. I like your hotel theme, I loved Hotel Hampshire. However, I went on a different path. I went to Decemption Point by Dan Brown; onto the Turning by Tim Winton; then Diary of a Bad Year by J M Coetzee; next is Such is Life by Joseph Furphy; naturally followed by The True History of the Kelly Gang by Peter Carey; and finishing with a memoir, Being a Chum was Fun by Nancy Lee.

  3. HaHa, I’m a scaredy pants too Kate. I’ve read a couple of Stephen King’s novellas, but nothing in his horror genre.

    I did a different thing with my Six Degrees this month. Here it is:

    I love your literary brat pack approach and then the shift to hotels. The other hotel book that comes quickly to my mind, besides Hotel New Hampshire, is Anita Brookner’s Hotel du Lac. I read a lot of Brookners before blogging and keep feeling I want to read her now just to have a record of her on my blog. Maybe I could do it via a Six Degrees one day!

    • I also went with the Brookner but in the end, Irving always wins for me. also considered using Hinton’s The Outsiders instead of Hotel New Hampshire (it also has a Robe Lowe/ literature link).

      I only read my first Brookner this year – Fraud – and really enjoyed it. Will certainly be reading more. Not sure how her work has bypassed me to date.

  4. Gosh, the only one of these that I’ve read is A Gentleman in Moscow, which I really liked. … I’m still waiting for inspiration to come from the starter book, I’d never heard of it or the brat pack either so clearly I have not been paying attention.

  5. Once again, yet more books I haven’t read – apart from The Great Gatsby that is! I like the hotel theme – and there are so many ‘hotel’ books that would fill several chains (no pun intended!)

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      • Well, in looking back I noticed that we have used “Rules of Civility” and “My Sister’s Keeper” and “The Language of Sisters” before. If it works for more than one, I don’t think it is a problem?

      • Not a problem at all!

        Sometimes when I’ve used the same book in different chains I’ve linked them in entirely different ways although did one earlier this year with a book that I’d used before and the chain fell together quickly and easily – because I’d repeated the same links! 😬

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