I don’t know whether you’re the type of person who pays attention to celebrity book selections or not. Working in The Field Library, I’ve come to the conclusion over the years that most of these famous people’s book groups aren’t really creating the kind of “everybody has to read this book right now because this person chose it” that Oprah’s club did when it was first starting. Even Oprah’s books don’t create that kind of wild enthusiasm anymore. However, sometimes it’s good to know which books are going to get the buzz of a celebrity endorsement, and the next book club selection of Reese Witherspoon’s book club is Daisy Jones & the Six, by Taylor Jenkins Reid, and it looks as if it’s going to be a fun read.
It’s hard for me to think about books set in the 1960’s and 1970’s as “historical” novels (I was growing up then! That can’t be history! History happened before I was born!), but as a matter of fact, the world of the late 1960’s and 1970’s, where Daisy Jones is set, is different enough from the modern world as to seem like a different world, not only a different time, and Reid captures that era with loving attention to detail.
Daisy Jones is a would-be singer, living in Los Angeles, sneaking into clubs on the Strip, sleeping with rock stars, doing drugs and drinking, and dreaming of becoming a star herself. The Six is an up and coming band, led by the somewhat emo (not a term then, of course) Billy Dunne. It’s only when Daisy joins The Six that they become major stars, and naturally there’s chemistry and drama between Daisy and Billy, there’s the obligatory sex, drugs, and rock and roll, the meteoric rise and the tragic fall of the band. The whole thing is told as a faux oral history, with interviews (note to those doing this year’s challenge: this would count as an epistolary novel) with different people involved in the story. There’s even a playlist at the end of the book for those who want the complete musical experience.
This is a book people are going to be talking about, so get a jump on the conversation (as soon as our new system comes up — March 14) and pick up a copy of Daisy Jones & the Six.