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1st quarter books read: [Apr. 6th, 2005|11:55 am]
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averaging about a book a week, thanks to unabridged audiobooks:

non fiction:

Frugal Indulgents: How to Cultivate Decadence When Your Age and Salary Are Under 30- Kera Bolonik, Jennifer Griffin Neither circumstance applies to me anymore, but a fun read on thrifty living.

A Walk in the Woods : Rediscovering America on the Appalachian Trail - Bill Bryson (audio) Hilarious travelogue of out-of-shape middle aged men on a grueling hike.

The Devil in the White City: Murder, Magic, and Madness at the Fair that Changed America - Erik Larson (audio) Serial murderer against the backdrop of the 1893 Chicago World's fair.

An American Plague : The True and Terrifying Story of the Yellow Fever Epidemic of 1793 - Jim Murphy(audio) Juvenile/YA book. So-so.

A Short History of Nearly everything - Bill Bryson (audio) Survey of the history of science. Funnier than you'd expect given the topic.

Under the Banner of Heaven : A Story of Violent Faith - Jon Krakauer Murderous polygamous Mormons. Apparently, religions where anyone can expect direct communications from God can lead to directives to kill your sister-in-law and her child.

The Missionary Position: Mother Teresa in Theory and Practice -Christopher Hitchens Albanian nun takes money from Charles Keating (and writes letter to judge asking for clemency for S&L misdeeds) and Haitian dictators, baptizes dying Hindus without telling them, and doesn't believe in palliative care (aka painkillers) for the terminally ill. Best biography ever.

UFOs, JFK, and Elvis : Conspiracies You Don't Have to Be Crazy to Believe - Richard Belzer (audio) Not much I hadn't heard before. Gerald Ford was on the Warren commission, which explains a lot.

Dress Your Family in Corduroy and Denim - David Sedaris (audio) As good as his others.

fiction

The Black Dahlia - James Ellroy (audio) hard boiled novel based on famous unsolved mutilation murder.

Zombies of the gene pool -Sharyn McCrumb(audio) Sequel to "Bimbos of the Death Sun". Not as good, but okay.

Naked came the manatee - Carl Hiaasen, Dave Barry, Elmore Leonard, others A dozen Florida writers do a serial novel. interesting experiment, so-so story.

Fight Club - Chuck Palahniuk (re-read for book group) read it again now that you know Chuck's gay and see if it parses differently. It did for me.

Girls in Pants: The Third Summer of the Sisterhood- Ann Brashares YA sequel to coming-of-age pants story. Cute.

The Time Traveler's Wife - Audrey Niffenegger Best book I read this year. Poignant. Librarian protagonist. Ending made me cry.

Scavenger Reef- Laurence Shames (audio) Florida art/crime mystery. Not as good as Hiaasen but okay.
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[User Picture]From: erikred
2005-04-06 09:52 pm (UTC)
I finished Quicksilver and Persepolis, and I'm nearly done with Jonathon Strange And Mr. Norrel. I feel compelled to point out how big the first and last books are, in some sort of lame defense.
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[User Picture]From: erikred
2005-04-06 09:53 pm (UTC)
Oh, wait! I also read Kafka on the Shore and Iron Council. Now I don't feel quite so bad.
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[User Picture]From: terriblestorm
2005-04-06 10:22 pm (UTC)
I'm having a hard time getting through Bill Bryson's book... would you recommend the audio version?

-Kinnie from BBB
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[User Picture]From: lara7
2005-04-07 05:32 pm (UTC)

which bryson?

I liked both brysons that I read, but I too had trouble with the first chapter of two of "short history". the audio definitely makes it easier to get through, or skip those chapters and go on to the geology/natural history parts.
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[User Picture]From: terriblestorm
2005-04-07 06:45 pm (UTC)

Re: which bryson?

Whoops, sorry, I didn't see that you had read two Bryson books. I love A Walk In the Woods. That's one of my favorite books! And I'm still in the first two chapters of "short history," so maybe that explains it. I'll check out the audio version.
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[User Picture]From: kickmule
2005-04-14 04:10 pm (UTC)
I've read much Bryson and much Sedaris. Two of the funniest Americans alive.
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