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