October 6th, 2004


books I read, 3nd quarter 2004

Not so many this time- blame Burning Man, or something.


Waiting- Ha Jin (audio)
Won some big-deal lit. prize a few years ago. Good story about Chinese folks falling in love amidst a backdrop of bureaucracy and Communism.

Set this house in order: a romance of souls - Matt Ruff
loved it! Comic novel about Multiple/disassociative personality disorder.

Who Will run the frog hospital? -Lorrie Moore (audio)
so-so. coming of age teen girl novel. unremarkable but okay.

Full Cry- Rita Mae Brown  (audio)
another boring foxhunting offering from Ms. Brown. I can't believe the writer of "Rubyfruit Jungle" is churning out such crap these days. More importantly, I can't believe I keep reading it.

Doing It- Melvin Burgess (audio)
Recommended by dirtylibrarian. UK YA novel from teen boys' perspective. Really funny and surprisingly dirty.

Stormy Weather- Carl Hiassen (audio)
I love carl. this is the third of his I've read and I adore them all. Try to forget that the Demi Moore film "striptease" was adapted from one of his novels.

Found : The Best Lost, Tossed, and Forgotten Items from Around the World
by Davy Rothbart

Another zine-into-book cash in, but has some good moments.

A Round-Heeled Woman : My Late-Life Adventures in Sex and Romance- Jane Juska
Great book. eccentric 60+ single gal places personal ad in the NY review of books (?!), gets laid a lot as result.

Lies and the Lying Liars Who Tell Them: A Fair and Balanced Look at the Right by Al Franken (audio)
Add Al to list of "Jews I would do". His funniest and most caustic book yet.

Peace Kills: America's Fun New Imperialism- P.J. O'Rourke
eh. P.J., like Rita Mae, has not aged well. Read "Holidays in Hell" instead.

The Kid: What Happened After My Boyfriend and I Decided to Go Get Pregnant : An Adoption Story- Dan Savage
I'm neither gay nor wanting kids but I loved this. Very funny and personal.

Dude, Where's my Country? - Michael Moore (audio)
tedious. I didn't think "stupid white men" was so bad, but this was pedantic and ponderous. Read Al Franken's book instead.