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books I read, 4th quarter 2004 [Jan. 4th, 2005|02:41 am]
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1) Basket Case - Carl Hiaasen (audio)
2) Double Whammy Carl Hiaasen (audio)
3) Lucky You - Carl Hiaasen (audio) - Florida fiction with dark humor. Haven't read a bad one of his yet.
4) Whisker of Evil -Rita Mae Brown (audio) - Silly cat mystery in a series I'm ashamed to keep reading. One of 2 fiction books I read this quarter where a human is killed by rabies.
5) The Grim Grotto (A Series of Unfortunate Events, Book 11)- Lemony Snicket - Series still good.
6) No. 1 Ladies Detective Agency- Alexander McCall Smith trendy series, but good. Interesting take on modern life in Africa (Botswana, specifically).
7) Hellfire- Diana Gabaldon (audio) Short "novella" I tried to see if I want to read her any of her long-ass Outlander series that other people have recommended to me. This one cassette length story didn't hold me, so I'll pass on Outlander.
8) Their Eyes Were Watching God-  Zora Neale Hurston (audio) Classic African American novel from Harlem Renaissance chick that died in obscurity. So-so. Probably better on audio as is full of "po' black folk" dialect. 2nd book of quarter that features a human's death from rabies. Quick, lit grad students, "Rabies in 20th century American Fiction"- it's a dissertation that practically writes itself!
9) The Kill-Off- Jim Thompson- Thompson can do no wrong. Good as usual.
10) Tears of the Giraffe (No.1 Ladies Detective Agency) - Alexander McCall Smith- Second in series. characters interesting enough to want to keep up with series.
11) Somehow Form a Family: Stories That Are Mostly True -Tony Earley (audio)- Short stories by the author of "Jim the Boy". good.

non fiction
1) Stranger Than Fiction : True Stories- Chuck Palahnuik Assorted magazine pieces. okay, forgetable after a few months.

2) Of Grunge and Government: Let's Fix This Broken Democracy,- Krist Novoselic He's so good-natured and earnest it's hard to hate his book. But not impossible.
3) Naked Pictures of Famous People- Jon Stewart From 1999, typical "stand-up comedian writes humorous musings" book. okay but forgettable.
4) Lads: A Memoir of manhood- Dave Itzkoff - Princeton grad gets job writing for start-up men's magazine called Maxim. Turns out, people in publishing can be awful! Who knew?! Seriously though, fun read.
5) Interior Desecrations : Hideous Homes from the Horrible '70s - James Lileks mostly photos but still the funniest thing I read this quarter...
6) The Daily Show with Jon Stewart Presents America (The Book): A Citizen's Guide to Democracy Inaction -- funniest thing I read this quarter that requires a liberal arts education to get all the jokes.
7) The Explainer- the Writers at Slate Magazine. A Cecil Adams/"straight dope" type of thing. good.
8) How to Run for Local Office : A Complete, Step-By-Step Guide that Will Take You Through the Entire Process of Running and Winning a Local Election - Robert J. Thomas preliminary research.
9) Poplorica : A Popular History of the Fads, Mavericks, Inventions, and Lore that Shaped Modern America -- by Martin J. Smith Great! learn all about the importance of air conditioning, Gorgeous George, and Dogs Playing Poker on today's pop culture.
10) The Curse of the Singles Table : A True Story of 1001 Nights Without Sex- Suzanne Schlosberg Every unmarried woman over 30 will like this, even if she hasn't gone 3 years without getting any.
11) Eats, Shoots & Leaves: The Zero Tolerance Approach to Punctuation- Lynne Truss- One of the best book's its' been my "pleasure" to have read this or indeed any year. If that sentence made your head hurt, you will like this book.

Dishonorable mention: 2 books I started (both on audio) and couldn't will myself to get a new copy of to finish after the tape malfunctioned:

The Hours- Michael Cunningham
The Fortress of Solitude- Jonathan Lethem


giving me a total of 60 titles for 2004. Not too bad, even if 24 of them were (unabridged) audiobooks.

First 3 quarters non fiction (17 titles)

The Salmon of Doubt: Hitchhiking the Galaxy One Last Time by Douglas Adams (audio)
Positively Fifth Street: Murderers, Cheetahs, and Binion's World Series of Poker James McManus (audio)
Fast Food Nation: The Dark Side of the All-American Meal -- by Eric Schlosser
What Should I Do with My Life? : The True Story of People Who Answered the Ultimate Question -- by Po Bronson
In the Little World : A True Story of Dwarfs, Love, and Trouble by John H. Richardson.
How to be alone: essays- Jonathan Franzen (audio)
Scary Monsters and Super Freaks: Stories of Sex, Drugs, Rock 'N' Roll and Murder- Mike Sager
Confessions of a Tax Collector : One Man's Tour of Duty Inside the IRS- Richard Yancey
21 Dog Years : Doing Time @ Amazon.com - Mike Daisey
How Would You Move Mount Fuji? Microsoft's Cult of the Puzzle - How the World's Smartest Company Selects the Most Creative Thinkers - William Poundstone The Story of My life- Helen Keller (Audio)
Found : The Best Lost, Tossed, and Forgotten Items from Around the World by Davy Rothbart
A Round-Heeled Woman : My Late-Life Adventures in Sex and Romance- Jane Juska
Lies and the Lying Liars Who Tell Them: A Fair and Balanced Look at the Right by Al Franken (audio)
Peace Kills: America's Fun New Imperialism- P.J. O'Rourke
The Kid: What Happened After My Boyfriend and I Decided to Go Get Pregnant : An Adoption Story- Dan Savage
Dude, Where's my Country? - Michael Moore (audio)

First 3 quarters fiction (21 titles)


Cropper's Cabin- Jim Thompson
Dead white Female - Lauren Henderson
The Secret History- Donna Tartt (audio)
The Far Cry- Frederic Brown
Torso: A true Crime graphic novel- Brian Bendis
The Sparrow - Maria Doria Russell
American Gods- Neil Gaiman (audio)
Fear and Trembling- Amelie Nothomb
Children of god- Maria Doria Russell
The Book of Illusions- Paul Auster (audio)
The Awakening- Kate Chopin (audio)
The Princess Bride: S. Morgenstern's Classic Tale of True Love and High Adventure (The 'Good Parts' Version)- William Goldman
The Corrections- Jonathan Franzen (audio)
Atonement- Ian McEwan (audio)
Motherless Brooklyn -Jonathan Lethem(audio)
Waiting- Ha Jin (audio)
Set this house in order: a romance of souls - Matt Ruff
Who Will run the frog hospital? -Lorrie Moore (audio)
Full Cry- Rita Mae Brown (audio)
Doing It- Melvin Burgess (audio)
Stormy Weather- Carl Hiassen (audio)


annotations:

1st quarter http://www.livejournal.com/users/lara7/192516.html
2nd quarter http://www.livejournal.com/users/lara7/207691.html
3rd quarter http://www.livejournal.com/users/lara7/226262.html
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[User Picture]From: dirtylibrarian
2005-01-04 07:59 am (UTC)
7) Hellfire- Diana Gabaldon (audio) Short "novella" I tried to see if I want to read her any of her long-ass Outlander series that other people have recommended to me. This one cassette length story didn't hold me, so I'll pass on Outlander.

I listened to the first Outlander book in the car, and enjoyed it alright...but it was so fucking long (36 tapes???) that not only did it dominate my drive for over a month, but it also was way overdue with holds by the time I returned it. The one thing I clearly remember about it was thinking the sex scenes were far too steamy to listen to while driving.
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[User Picture]From: dougo
2005-01-04 08:28 am (UTC)
I haven't read the Novoselic book, but I'm down with the cause. What's to hate about it?

Also, Interior Desecrations is a great idea for my sister's birthday (she's majoring in interior design). I love the web site but haven't had any desire to get the book, but it'll make a good gift. Thanks!
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[User Picture]From: lara7
2005-01-04 02:18 pm (UTC)

Krist on a crutch

>I haven't read the Novoselic book, but I'm down with the cause. What's to hate about it?

full review here:
http://www.livejournal.com/users/lara7/228607.html

the lileks book is great. also good is his earlier "Gallery of regretable food".
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[User Picture]From: tinymammoth
2005-01-04 11:02 am (UTC)
I hope I don't qualify as someone who recommended the Outlander series. More like I confessed my terrible shame to have read them all.

How was the Po Bronson book, and the tax collector one?
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[User Picture]From: lara7
2005-01-04 02:25 pm (UTC)

excerpts from prior reviews:

both were good and recommended- here's my original annotations:

What Should I Do with My Life? : The True Story of People Who Answered the Ultimate Question -- by Po Bronson
recommended by holyoutlaw. inspiring. favorite segment: the aimless teen trying to figure out his college major gets a letter from the Dalai Lama saying, "hey, you're a reincarnation of a holy figure, get your butt over to the monastary, Rinpoche". And you thought your career path was convoluted!

Confessions of a Tax Collector : One Man's Tour of Duty Inside the IRS- Richard Yancey
You know the people in the IRS who seize your assets to sell for back taxes? The author was one of those guys for 10+ years. Good book to read when you're hating your job, as it sounds like pretty awful work.

and yeah, I took your reading of the Outlander series as some type of recommend, since they're way too long to pick up on a whim. Another literate friend in Ohio also enjoyed them, but I think in the same "guilty pleasure" way you did.
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