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 Post subject: Re: What's Currently on Your Nightstand?
PostPosted: Fri Mar 11, 2011 11:37 am 
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I'm heading back to Stalin's Ghost. Took a small detour for David Sedaris' "Squirrel Seeks Chipmunk" How can one person be so freakin' funny?

It's illustrated and it sort of reads like a kiddie book - it's a bunch of short stories about animals. Early in the book, though, when the animals start cussing and talking about ***, you KNOW it's not a kids' book. I thought The Motherless Bear was the saddest of the stories. I was really enjoying The Crow and the Lamb until the end, when a huge, spontaneous "EEUYYYYWWWW" came out of me. The about the owl and the hippopotamus was pretty gross, too, but all I could think of was that Richard Gere/gerbil rumor.

It's a small book, large print, many illustrations by a children's books artist and ends up about 140 pages - it's a very quick read. And highly recommended.

-- Lucy

PS - the squirrel and the chipmunk broke up.

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Stalin's Ghost: I think I'm done with Arkady Renko. Doesn't he trash his career in every book? Yet he still comes back, seeking truth, justice and the Russian way...

This one was beyond ridiculous. He gets garroted AND shot in the head - and is back at work in no time at all, fully functioning except for a few holes in his memory, which eventually fill in. Sheesh. Who does he think he is, Jim Rockford?

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 Post subject: Re: What's Currently on Your Nightstand?
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I'm in the middle of more books than I like to admit to.

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I just finished--and loved--A Visit from the Goon Squad by Jennifer Egan. It's a novel in the form of linked short stories -- sort of like The Imperfectionists, but better -- and many of the characters are related one way or another to the music business. Seems like a book most here would like, so much so that you all may have already read it. I almost didn't read it because the title sounded unpromising, but I would have been wrong.

Charlene, did you read Pat Barker's Regeneration trilogy when you were immersed in WWI? Very grim, but very good.


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Since this Friday will be the 100th anniversary of the Triangle Waist Co. Fire, I put my other books aside to re-read "Triangle: The Fire that Changed America" by David Von Drehle. I highly recommend it. Very complete, and very readable. I don't know how aware people outside NY are of the Triangle fire, but it was just horrifying -- until 9/11, it was the workplace tragedy that took the most lives in the US (although not the most deadly fire ever; the burning of the General Slocum, which has no unions to keep its memory alive as does the Triangle fire, nor rich and famous victims like the Titanic, was far worse). A total of 146 people died, all but 23 young women. Many jumped or fell from the ninth floor windows, some already burning.

I've been fascinated by the Triangle fire since I was a kid, and saw a tableau of young women in the flames in a wax museum. Maybe the worst thing about it is that many of the people who died might have escaped except that a door on the ninth floor was locked to force everyone to leave by one door -- it was almost quitting time when the fire started -- so they could be searched for stolen waists, or blouses as we call them now. One of the owners estimated that about $15 in waists were stolen a year. A couple of years later, these guys had started up again -- and one was fined for having a locked door in his factory. He paid all of $20, and the judge apologized for having to fine him!

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CBS Sunday Morning did a story on the Triangle fire this past Sunday. What a horrifying story!

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I finished the Rhys Bowen mystery Bless The Bride this week.

I'm going to read the graphic novel An Elegy for Amelia Johnson this weekend and then start the Jon Land thriller Strong Justice.


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Just reading John Connolly's latest 'The Whisperers' featuring Charlie Parker. Great series. Just finished Noam Chomsky's 'Hopes And Prospects' and moved onto a Steely Dan biog.


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Finished reading Jon Land's Strong Justice and the graphic novels An Elegy for Amelia Johnson and Amelia Rules! - True Things (Adults Don't Want Kids To Know).

Now working on Greg Rucka's The Last Run.


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Just finished The Naked Truth ... Leslie Neilsen's "autobiography" ... sort of. Good for a chuckle. Sometimes I need a dose of cornball humour. This fit the bill.


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I'm almost done with The Race for the Triple Crown by Joe Drape. It's about the 2000 races, when Fusaichi Pegasus won the Derby, but lost @ the Preakness.

After that: The Amateur Marriage by Anne Tyler. I love her novels; been reading her for decades.

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Double Whammy by Carl Hiassen, who wrote a series of what can best be described as comic crime novels filled with quirky characters. This one is set in rural Florida. I'm assuming this is the same Carl Hiassen that co-wrote Seminole Bingo, but I am just now making the connection, so I'm not sure. Is this true? Any backstory about how WZ and CH got together would be much appreciated...


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This is from Dave Barry's eulogy:

One of his closest friends was The Herald's Carl Hiaasen, a fellow twisted mind whom Zevon sought out at a book signing after Hiaasen mentioned him in his book “Native Tongue”. Through Hiaasen, Zevon became an honorary member of the Rock Bottom Remainders, a band of writers (I'm one) who periodically attempt, without success, to play rock 'n' roll. In 1998, at Hiaasen's urging, we invited Zevon to perform with the band; to our shock, he agreed, and flew to Miami to join us on stage for a performance at the Miami Book Fair.


And please note (this goes of a lot of people, not just you, rsbello): There's no '***' in Hiaasen. Two a's, one s.

In the Encyclopedia Zevonica, you'll find all four eulogies: Barry's, Hiaasen's, Mitch Albom's, and Congressman Cohen's (which was read at the memorial service.)

Also note that the Hiaasen novel 'Basket Case' has a song that goes with it - found on the MRH CD.

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 Post subject: Re: What's Currently on Your Nightstand?
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Thanks for the info, Lucy! I had no idea. And thanks for the spelling correction on Hiaasen's name. Have no idea how I missed that one, especially since the book really is sitting on my nightstand!


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The Passage by Justin Cronin. Put off reading it because of the hype here but it's great


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