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Since there's more to life than just music...

Posted: Tue May 23, 2006 8:44 pm
by steve-o
I know this is slightly OT, but we've done book threads before.

I was just given a Barnes and Noble gift card, and just in time for The Nation's Spring Book review issue no less. However, since I know many of you are bookworms as well as music snobs, I figured I would check here for recommendations as well (Miss Carol, I'm looking at you.) What's been good lately? I've had my eye on Phillip Roth's Everyman or The Plot Against America, Pierre Merot's Mammals, Irene Nemirovsky's Suite Francaise, and Tom Wolfe's I am Charlotte Simmons. For those in the know, are any of those worth my time and money? Anything else I'm forgetting?

And just so this thread doesn't get deleted for not being music-related, um...the new Calexico album is really, really good.

Posted: Tue May 23, 2006 9:31 pm
by grounded5am
i've really been digging stephen king's cell. and anything by terry pratchet should be a must on anyone's to read list.

Posted: Tue May 23, 2006 10:23 pm
by jaimoe0
Christopher Moore's "Dirty Job" recently came out. He silly.

Posted: Tue May 23, 2006 11:17 pm
by miss carol
jaimoe0 wrote:Christopher Moore's "Dirty Job" recently came out. He silly.
Yep. Made me laugh, made me cry.

BUT David Mitchell is fucking GENIUS. Pick up his latest Black Swan Green. I'm almost done, but I was in love after a mere twenty-five pages. So good...

Posted: Tue May 23, 2006 11:35 pm
by Dreamin
I know Douglas Coupland is kind of a love him or hate him kind of author, but jPod is really (darkly) funny.

Re: Since there's more to life than just music...

Posted: Wed May 24, 2006 4:55 am
by Lep
steve-o wrote:Phillip Roth's ... The Plot Against America,
Short take: Worth the time spent, but not essential.

Posted: Wed May 24, 2006 10:46 am
by Jake
Maybe one of the 9 books that Puritans are trying to ban from the second-largest high school district in Illinois:
"Beloved" by Toni Morrison, "Slaughterhouse-Five" by Kurt Vonnegut, "The Things They Carried" by Tim O'Brien, "The Awakening" by Kate Chopin, "Freakonomics" by Steven D. Levitt and Stephen J. Dubner, "The Botany of Desire: A Plant's-Eye View of the World" by Michael Pollan, "The Perks of Being a Wallflower" by Stephen Chbosky, "Fallen Angels" by Walter Dean Myers and "How the Garcia Girls Lost Their Accents" by Julia Alvarez.
I haven't read most of those but Slaughterhouse 5 and Beloved are great.

"There's more to life than books, you know, but not much more..."

Posted: Wed May 24, 2006 11:06 am
by steve-o
Jake wrote:Maybe one of the 9 books that Puritans are trying to ban from the second-largest high school district in Illinois:
Those crazy book banning fundies always crack me up. Next thing you know, they'll start going after Everybody Poops.

And Douglas Coupland sounds familiar. Didn't he write Generation X? I remember that being a pretty good read. And thanks for all the other suggestions. Black Swan Green sounds like it's worth a second look.

Posted: Wed May 24, 2006 11:51 am
by D. Phillips
Jake wrote:Maybe one of the 9 books that Puritans are trying to ban from the second-largest high school district in Illinois:
"Beloved" by Toni Morrison, "Slaughterhouse-Five" by Kurt Vonnegut, "The Things They Carried" by Tim O'Brien, "The Awakening" by Kate Chopin, "Freakonomics" by Steven D. Levitt and Stephen J. Dubner, "The Botany of Desire: A Plant's-Eye View of the World" by Michael Pollan, "The Perks of Being a Wallflower" by Stephen Chbosky, "Fallen Angels" by Walter Dean Myers and "How the Garcia Girls Lost Their Accents" by Julia Alvarez.
I haven't read most of those but Slaughterhouse 5 and Beloved are great.

"There's more to life than books, you know, but not much more..."
The Things they Carrried is a really good book on the Viet Nam war.

Posted: Wed May 24, 2006 11:58 am
by n8
D. Phillips wrote:
The Things they Carrried is a really good book on the Viet Nam war.
yeah, great book, and i was trying to think - what is it about this book that would make them want to ban it? i recall it being a powerful and well-written, but still relatively bening book, at least on hot-button issues. or maybe I missed something?