October 3rd, 2006


3rd quarter books read:

1)New Orleans Mourning (a Skip Langdon Novel) by Julie Smith (audio)
nice mystery series set in pre-Katrina New Orleans. recommended.

2)The Girls' Guide to Hunting and Fishing by Melissa Bank (audio)
short stories, but on audio, it was more like a disjointed novel since there are recurring characters/themes. okay, not great.

3)The Axeman's Jazz: A Skip Langdon Novel by Julie Smith (audio)
Sequel to #1 above.

4)The Sign of the Book: A Cliff Janeway "Bookman" Novel by John Dunning
end of this series (thus far). mystery set in antiquarian book world.

5)Mr. Muo's Travelling Couch by Dai Sijie (audio)
Chinese psychoanalyst attempts to lose his virginity. I didn't really like it.

6)Trans-Sister Radio by Chris A. Bohjalian (audio)
Kinda Oprahish, but who doesn't love a good transexual love story?

7)Train- Pete Dexter (audio)
Noirish crime novel about a black caddy in 60's LA. recommended.

8)Apex Hides the Hurt- Colson Whitehead
Town hires naming expert to "rebrand" them. Funny, but not as funny as I thought it'd be. semi-recommended.

9)Meet me at the morgue- Ross Macdonald (audio)
Old school mystery, nothing special, but enjoyable on the road trip.

10) The Man in the High Castle by Philip K. Dick (audio)
Japan and Germany win WWII, making San Francisco a sucky place to be in the aftermath. One of first major "alternate history" novels, won a Hugo. Liked it but thought the ending was kinda "huh?".


1) Red Scarf Girl: A Memoir of the Cultural Revolution by Ji-li Jiang (audio)-
Speaking of sucky places to be, imagine coming of age under Mao. recommended.

2)The Indelible Alison Bechdel : Confessions, Comix, and Miscellaneous Dykes to Watch Out for by Alison Bechdel
compilation of her misc. uncollected work. nice if you're already a fan.

3)Fun Home: A Family Tragicomic by Alison Bechdel
memoir in graphic novel form about growing up with closeted mortician dad in small town. highly recommended.

4) We Wish to Inform You That Tomorrow We Will be Killed With Our Families: Stories from Rwanda by Philip Gourevitch
a real downer, but recommended. Geopolitcal stuff at end gets a little hard to follow.

5) Invasion of the Dykes to Watch Out For by Alison Bechdel
most recent compilation of her syndicated strips.

6) Self-Made Man: One Woman's Journey into Manhood and Back by Norah Vincent
Dyke passes for a man, joins bowling team, dates straight girls, goes to monastic retreat. The secret to her deception? Voice coaches, good stubble makeup, and having really huge feet for a girl. recommended.

7)It's Called a Breakup Because It's Broken: The Smart Girl's Break-Up Buddy by Greg Behrendt
I don't usually read these kinds of books, but it was funny and helped a little. recommended if you need such a book.

8) Magical thinking [true stories] by Augusten Burroughs (audio)
Sedaris-light, but angrier and with appalling alcoholism stories. Funny, recommended.

9) The colossus of New York [a city in thirteen parts] / by Colson Whitehead (audio)- Short essay/meditation about The City. Good, but more meaningful to people with a connection to NYC.

10) Fraud: Essays by David Rakoff
If Sedaris wrote for GQ. The piece on going to a Buddhism workshop/retreat hosted by Steven Seagal is particularly choice. recommended.