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    Something Blue by Emily Giffin

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    The Honeymoon's Over: True Stories of Love, Marriage, and Divorce
    by Andrea Chapin

    Not sure I could get into this, so I returned it to the library.

    A lot of heartfelt stories, but not necessarily stuff I could connect with.

    Some were especially good (the title is now escaping me, but it's about the student who eventually married her prof), but I've come across anthologies (e.g., The Other Woman) where all the writing was bumped up a notch consistently on every level.

    This felt a lot more like Lifetime for Women cross with some dorm-room ranting and whispers.

    Also just finished Twenty-grand: And Other Tales of Love and Money

    by Rebecca Curtis

    Simple language, so much so that you think you're talking to someone in line at the grocery store, yet she hits without being heavy-handed on so many things that people want to gloss over and forget, like the nuances of class differences in America.

    Her first story is probably the most literal and representational in the telling. The rest of the stories, however, take a cue from Rebecca Brown's and Zsuzsi Gartner's work: they don't seek to be representational, and the whimsical stories have something of fairy tale gone wrong in them in a gritty, too-adult way. The narrative is abstract and left without grounding or resolution. For me the effect is addictive; for others, this might be infuriating since the story is told more through omissions than directness.

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    "Brass" by Helen Walsh - I like it so far.

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    Phantoms in the Brain: Probing the Mysteries of the Human Mind by V.S. Ramachandran and Sandra Blakeslee. It was amazing. I'm as layman as you can get but this book is truly written with everyday people in mind all the while not treating them like idiots. I had seen some of the cases described in a documentary series about the mind presented by John Cleese (I particularly remember the guy who thought his parents were imposters). Wonderful book.

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    how to practice: the way to a meaningful life by the dalai lama
    white, black, puerto rican/everybody just a freakin'/good times were rollin'.


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    Zamba:The True Story of the Greatest Lion That Ever Lived

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    Dandy in the Underground by Sebastian Horsley. Hilarious. What a complete fuckup this guy is.
    'Those who sacrifice liberty for security deserve neither.' Ben Franklin

    "When fascism comes to America, it will be wrapped in the flag and carrying the cross."
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    ^ Would you recommend that book? The title sounds intriguing to me.

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    I'll recommend it if you have a strong stomach for complete absurdity, scathing self-deprication and some rather interesting sexual scenerios. Oh, and drugs.
    'Those who sacrifice liberty for security deserve neither.' Ben Franklin

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    Alright, that convinced me I'll put it on my list. There seem to be a lot of books like that out nowadays, it's like an epidemic.

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    Quote Originally Posted by buttmunchv.2 View Post
    Dandy in the Underground by Sebastian Horsley. Hilarious. What a complete fuckup this guy is.
    i like the title. does it have anything to do with the t.rex album of the same name?
    Quote Originally Posted by buttmunchv.2 View Post
    I'll recommend it if you have a strong stomach for complete absurdity, scathing self-deprication and some rather interesting sexual scenerios. Oh, and drugs.
    sounds like my kind of book...
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    ^^He was a big Marc Bolan fan, so yeah, probably. Im almost done with it and it's offensive as hell while remaining hiliarious.
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    hehe i'm all about offensive. i just ordered it on amazon.
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    Enter Whining- Fran Drescher.

    I wanted to read about her rape, but she chose not to write very much about it.

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    I just finished Dearly Devoted Dexter by Jeff Lindsay, the second book in the series. The writing quality is still not there, but I did enjoy the deeper glance into Dexter's psyche than we get into the TV show. His inner voice is quite humorous in parts.

    The secondary characters are still caricatures, though I appreciated how much darker and more detailed all the slice and dice was.

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