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    i'm about to start "running with scissors" about a kid growing up with his mother's psychiatrist, who then goes crazy. supposed to be very funny and sad.

    anyone read it? i like memoirs that can laugh at the absurdity of life.

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    Jean, that book is great! I just reread it recently. He does not, exactly, go crazy in the book. He's just sort of lazy; well, you'll read it. It's kind of disturbing because I thought, "How can people like these exist?" It's almost as though everytime I think my family is weird, some crazy memoir comes out to make me shut my mouth and read on like eavesdropping on some nasty family gossip.

    Enjoy it!

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    I'm reading "The New Life Hotel" by Edward Hower, my husband's uncle. It's about two women and an American school teacher in a small African town. It's great!

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    Cold Mountain. The movie didn't appeal to me at all, but my mom said the book was excellant(she didn't see the movie either). I just finished Dirty Girls Social Club and As Luck Would Have it (incredible stories rom lottery wins to lightening strikes) by Joshua Piven - he's the guy behind all those Worst Case Scenario books. That was pretty interesting!
    I like the library!

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    Jean -

    I got "Running With Scissors" from the library a few months ago and loved it. It is so quirky and intimate and I know it sounds trite but it just had such a great "triumphing over adversity" thing for me. I really want to read his book "Sellevision" now.

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    I just finished White Teeth by Zadie Smith. What a great book! I am now reading Eats, Shoots and Leaves by Lynne Truss and re-reading The Bean Trees by Barbara Kingsolver.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Miss M
    I just finished Dirty Girls Social Club
    I loved that book! I liked Running with Scissors, too. It was horrible and hilarious.

    I want to get Stiff for the road trip -- I forgot about that book, but I've been wanting to read it for a long time. Thanks for the reminder, CraftinFool!

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    Quote Originally Posted by moon_lemming
    Right now I'm reading magazines -- I just found this one called Rescue, but I should have skimmed it in the bookstore first, because it's creeping me out for some reason. I think it's the editor and the fact that his name seems plastered on half of the pages. Is that a weird reaction, though? I don't mind reading autobiographies, which are totally author-centric, but I guess I just expect something different from a magazine.
    I've bought two issues of Rescue and ya, it does seem a bit editor-centric doesn't it? A few of the articles have been fantastic tho' and I think it'll be great to cut up for collage material but I'm not sure I'll buy it again. It reminds me a bit of Jane but without the fashion&celebrities if that makes any sense.

    ETA: Since the semester is over & my summer class hasn't begun yet I can actually read for pleasure. I almost forgot what that feels like :p Anyways, I'm currently reading The Redemption of Althalus by David&Leigh Eddings.

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    Quote Originally Posted by brdgt
    just finished listening to The Reptile Room (2nd Series of Unfortunate Events book) last night.
    My mom hipped me to listening to books on tape/cds. When my life gets really hectic and I don't have the time to read before bed or any other time, I will get a good book on cd and listen to it in the car. My commute to work is 45 mins to an hour one way so I can cover major ground that way.

    @robotgirl...The Bean Trees is one of my all time fave novels! I think I am due for a re-read too!

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    Yer welcome moon lemming! You'll have to let me know what you think of it.


 
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