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books

Mar 18 2013

On the Ground: an Illustrated History of the Sixties Underground Press in the U.S.

author: 
Stewart, Sean

I probably shouldn't take full credit for reading this one. Basically I looked at the pictures and read only the stuff from the 3 women (vs. 22 men) with interviews in this oral history.

reviewdate: 
Mar 14 2013
isn: 
978-1-60486-455-7
Mar 17 2013

Prodigy

author: 
Lu, Marie

Following Legend, Prodigy is a tale of a divided, dystopic America, from the perspective of the commie side's two most notorious outlaws, both fifteen. They discover that the corporate side is no heaven either, nor is the resistance of the former that they've been drawn into supporting.

reviewdate: 
Mar 13 2013
isn: 
978-0-399-25675-9
Mar 10 2013

Butterfly Mosque: A Young American Woman's Journey to Love and Islam, the

author: 
Wilson, G. Willow

A middle-class white American who grew up atheist comes out as Muslim. Though she has to convert officially to be square with Egypt, the way Wilson describes her relationship with the religion calls to mind realizing or accepting that you're gay, not becoming so.

Quotations: 

Personality, that compromise between one's soul and one's culture.

reviewdate: 
Mar 8 2013
isn: 
978-0-8021-1887-5
Mar 03 2013

Chocolate Money, the

author: 
Norton, Ashley Prentice

Through the first two parts of this well-written novel, you feel sorry for the poor little rich girl, whose heiress single mother is a cruel parent, when she can be bothered to pay attention to her daughter.

reviewdate: 
Feb 28 2013
isn: 
978-0-547-84004-8
Feb 25 2013

Data, a Love Story: How I Gamed Online Dating to Meet My Match

author: 
Webb, Amy

Amy Webb, a journalist and serious data geek decides she's going to meet her husband through JDate. After a few bad dates she realizes that it's going to take more than posting snippets from her résumé into her profile and responding to invitations from whatever guy seems cool to find her beshert, so she launches an obsessive data gathering operation, which ultimately works.

reviewdate: 
Feb 24 2013
isn: 
978-0-525-95380-7
Feb 25 2013

Beautiful Creatures

author: 
Garcia, Kami
Stohl, Margaret

I read Beautiful Creatures because it's vampire YA, and I tend to like that sort of thing, but what I liked most about it was the depiction of life in a small southern town. Although authored by women it's told from a teenage boy's point of view. Since I mostly eschew books written by men, don't meet a lot of male narrators, and it's kind of neat to spend time in a dude's head once in awhile.

reviewdate: 
Feb 22 2013
isn: 
978-0-316-04267-3
Feb 25 2013

Blood Trail

author: 
Huff, Tanya

This time our visually impaired private detective is tracking a killer of werewolves, which she didn't even know existed until the end of the first chapter, and she's doing so in rural Ontario. A lot of times I didn't entirely follow Huff's connections, but I still found the book compelling and am intrigued enough by the hint that a cop character could be transgender that I'll read the third installment.

reviewdate: 
Feb 17 2013
isn: 
978-0-7564-0387-4
Feb 15 2013

Fingertips of Duncan Dorfman, the

author: 
Wolitzer, Meg

I borrowed this kids' book for the Scrabble geekery, which only kind of worked. I'm sure the book is fine, it's just out of scope for me.

reviewdate: 
Feb 13 2013
isn: 
978-0-525-42304-1
Feb 15 2013

Hot Flash Club, the

author: 
Thayer, Nancy

The first entry in my menopause book club with Kate Haas, The Hot Flash Club did not meet many of the criteria for what we're looking for in middle-aged lady lit, but it wasn't the worst read either. The Club consists of four women, ages 52-62, all of them going through changes, if not The Change.

reviewdate: 
Feb 11 2013
isn: 
0-345-46916-X
Feb 10 2013

Ever After

author: 
Harrison, Kim

With my read of book eleven of the Hollows series, I've logged enough time with Rachel Morgan that I'll probably stay with her indefinitely. That's why I stuck with this entry, even though it was pretty far off the rails with lots of mystical shit like balancing ley lines and detecting aura signatures.

reviewdate: 
Feb 7 2013
isn: 
978-0061957918