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celimene
post May 12 2006, 04:40 PM
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So far it reads like a mystery novel with very little literary anything, except the mention of the main character's love of literature (which doesn't really go into great detail yet). Right now it's like a futuristic cops and robbers game.
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post May 12 2006, 04:20 PM
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The Eyre Affair is on my very-soon-to-read (promise!) list - however, I thought that it would be literary in its literary allusions, alone?


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celimene
post May 12 2006, 04:06 PM
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I'm really trying to read the Eyre Affair because so many people recommended it, but I am really not getting into it. It's not exactly (how to say this without sounding like a big snob?) literary. It's probably just not my cuppa tea. I don't tend to get into mysteries or sci fi, or certain categories of books, so this is probably one of them. I loathe Christopher Moore and I know lots of people in this thread love him, so I guess I'll just stick to the genres I know and love...
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post May 12 2006, 07:00 AM
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Anna K - I reread Francesca Lia Block frequently! I was paging through Hanged Man this week, inbetween finishing Girlbomb and starting Feminism is For Everybody by bell hooks.

Have you read all of FLB? Echo is one of my favorites although the first time I read it, the shifting points of view were jarring.
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post May 12 2006, 06:59 AM
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Anna K -
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post May 11 2006, 06:39 PM
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this is going back a bit...

but, back to the murakami.

i just finished kafka on the shore and really enjoyed it. my faith is restored :-)

have any of you ladies read Richard Brautigan's In Watermelon Sugar??
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post May 7 2006, 10:42 PM
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Mandi, I am so uber jeolous! I am in the process of reading A Dirty Job, and loving every minute of it! I wouldn't know what to say to an author that I met. I'm amazed looking back on it, that I didn't faint when I met Doug Coupland a couple of years ago....I lost the book he signed :-(

Thanks for some good trashy celeb bios...
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post May 7 2006, 10:01 PM
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yeah, sorry anna, see my edited post.
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anna_k
post May 7 2006, 08:30 PM
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Oh, I know. I've met her a couple of times, she's cool.

I meant Janice Dickinson when talking about the modeling. Catsoup just mentioned her books, so I was responding to that.
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post May 7 2006, 08:28 PM
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in between studying, i've been reading marge piercy's sex wars which is the freaking BOMB. it's about the post-civil war suffragist period, and is just so good. i definitely recommend it.

Edited cause i'm a moron and should read at least a few posts before posting.
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anna_k
post May 7 2006, 08:07 PM
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Light reading this past weekend:

- A bio of Uma Thurman, which makes her sound very insecure in her early 20s by growing up quickly (she was 6 ft by age 12, was made fun for her looks by classmates, moved around a lot, ditched school to work as an actress and model in NYC at 15, and went back and forth between being flirty and sexy and being withdrawn and anxious). I'm surprised that she was 24 in Pulp Fiction, I thought she was 32 at the time.

- Janice Erlbaum's Girlbomb: A Halfway Homeless Memoir.

- Rereading Francesca Lia Block's Echo, just for fun and to reread my favorite sections.

No Lifeguard on Duty is good. The second one is more post-comeback and kinda cheesy. I still don't think Janice was as big in her time as she claims. I saw her briefly mentioned in Gia Carangi's biography, but as a kid I was into supermodels and knew a lot of their names, past and present. And I never saw Janice's name ever mentioned until recently.
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post May 3 2006, 04:24 PM
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I love Janice Dickinson's biographies. The first one (No Lifeguard on Duty) is much better than the 2nd.
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curioushair
post May 3 2006, 03:44 PM
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I'm going to re-read Stacy Horn's Waiting For My Cats to Die. (I loved it the first time, we'll see now that it's five years later and my taste has grown-up some. (Not really.)

Also thumbing through Vanessa Davis's Spaniel Rage.


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anna_k
post Apr 29 2006, 04:39 PM
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I just finished Joyce Carol Oates' short story collection The Female of the Species. Her writing is like comfort food for me, it's very predictable and formulaic and usually follows femme fatales/perverts/messed-up kids/lonely ugly girls/white-collar businessmen. This isn't any different, but I thought some of the stories were memorable.:

- "Doll: A Romance of the Mississippi" is based on Lolita and has the girl be pimped by her father as a "no touching" prostitute, and it gets nasty when Oates describes the girl's body and sexuality.
- "So Help Me God" was good as a story about a young girl who married an intimidating, disturbing cop and her loneliness as his "blond princess."
- One that I was ambivalent about was "Angel of Wrath," about a guy who stalks a young woman and becomes obsessed with her. He sounds like a complete freak but validates himself with affirmations that "she doesn't know that she loves me yet, but she'll know soon enough" and keeping up this messed-up stalker relationship with her no matter what she does to get rid of him.

Trashy celeb bios: Motley Crue's The Dirt, Anthony Kiedis' Scar Tissue, Courtney Love's bio by Poppy Z. Brite, and Gia Carangi's bio Thing of Beauty.
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post Apr 29 2006, 04:08 PM
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I kind of liked Call Me Anna by Patty Duke. I guess that qualifies as a trashy celeb bio, but I was thinking of studying psychology at the time. Yeah, I read it for research, sure.


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post Apr 29 2006, 03:08 PM
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DO NOT make fun of me for this!

A friend reminded me of this book last night (when she produced it as a grad gift), its not great literature, but its a damn good read: "Debbie: My Life" by Debbie Reynolds. The things she's gone though :-) I recommend it to anyone who is low and wants a silly pick-me-up.

Does anyone else ever read trashy celeb biogs? Any recommendations?
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post Apr 28 2006, 02:31 PM
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Mornington, that's a trip. I can't imagine what it would be like reading TEA and not knowing the plot of JA! I think there are a lot of in-jokes. As far as non-fiction + science-based, what would you think of Galileo's Daughter by Dava Sobel? It's about the relationship between Galileo and his younger daughter, with whom he corresponded extensively (she was in a convent) throughout the key years of his publication, trial, etc. - very interesting historical look at his work.


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post Apr 28 2006, 02:21 PM
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i loved Prep... I devoured it in a couple of days (and although it's late, I loved the eyre affair and the sequels. And I haven't read Jane Eyre... I couldn't get into it.)

I think I'm going through a phase of reading non-fiction science books again... anyone got anything to get me out of this rut? or deeper into it?
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post Apr 28 2006, 01:50 PM
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Oooo I love Catch-22, but like you haven't read the sequel. Too worried about tainting the original I guess.

Its not similar, but I do have a book reccomendation that I've been pressing on all my friends and customers (I work at a bookstore). "The Know It All" by A.J. Jacobs. Its perfect for anyone who is a trivia/knowledge buff. Its his account of his attempt to read the Encyclopedia Britannica from A-Z. Split up like the Britannica into different topics you get a funny speedy jaunt through the encylopedia. Love it.

Also other book I read recently that I enjoyed: "Prep" by Curtis Sittenfeld. About a girl in bording school, it is so spot on with its looks at the female teenage years. Highly recommend. Plus I met some of friends of hers last summer at the store and they said she was lovely, I like to support lovely authors.
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shadowboxer
post Apr 28 2006, 11:33 AM
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I've just finished Catch22 by Joeseph Heller and loved it because of its similarity in humour to Douglas Adams. I'v noticed that Catch22 has a sequel but i'm skeptical that it can live up to my expectations. So i guess what i'm wondering is, can anyone shed any light on it? or if anyone has any other recomendations that are similar i'm all ears (and now with school finally finished for the semester i actually have some free time in which to read- yay!)
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