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2nd quarter books read

this quarter's list is really short because my tape player in my car finally broke, reducing my audiobook intake. I then got an iPod, but spent a lot of time playing with the shuffle before I actually got around to using it for audiobooks.


Fiction:

1) world war z: an oral history of the zombie war- Max Brooks - excellent. flashback vignettes from around the world about how we (finally) contained the zombie uprising. Probably where those BLITEOTW people got the idea.

2) Forever in Blue: The Fourth Summer of the Sisterhood -Ann Brashares , what can I say, I'll read any teen girl novel about pants.

3) Cuba Libre -Elmore Leonard (audiobook) - historical novel about the spanish-american war. okay, but I like his crime fiction better.

4) A Dirty Job- Christopher Moore- (audiobook) excellent. Death's helper's battle the forces of darkness while working in secondhand stores.

5) The Stupidest Angel: A Heartwarming Tale of Christmas Terror by Christopher Moore (audiobook) - When a child says "I wish Santa wasn't dead" after witnessing the death of a man in a Santa Suit, a dumb angels misunderstands and grants his Special Christmas Wish. Unfortunately, that means an attack of zombies. pretty good.

6) Special Topics in Calamity Physics by Marisha Pessl - First novel. Hyped but pretty good. at first bears a lot of resemblance to "The Secret History" by donna Tartt (private school, snobby scholars take in outsider, students have close, possibly unhealthy relationship with a teacher, death of major character revealed on first page and book then told in flashback) , but then it totally changes gears. recommended.


Non fiction

1) College Girls: Bluestockings, Sex Kittens, and Co-Eds, Then and Now by Lynn Peril- interesting history of the problems of figuring out WHY a gal should go to college in the first place, other than to find a husband. great illustrations/photos.

2) Ron Jeremy: The Hardest (Working) Man in Showbiz by Ron Jeremy - autobiography/memoir. eh. "The other Hollywood : The Uncensored Oral History of the Porn Film Industry" by Legs McNeil is much better and absorbing.
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