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    What did you read in October 2005?

    I'm up to 76 this year total :)

    October:
    • Hellblazer: Original Sins by Jamie Delano - The comic that the movie "Constantine" was based on. I found the movie entertaining enough to look into its source.

      Y the Last Man: Cycles by Brian K. Vaughan (writer) and Pia Guerra (artist) - Love this series

      Masks of Conquest: Literary Study and British Rule in India by Gauri Viswanathan - For school. Yawn.

      Marvel 1602 by Neil Gaiman (writer), Andy Kubert and Richard Isanove (Illustrators) - Very good, loved the Captain America twist.

      Y the Last Man: One Small Step by Brian K. Vaughan (writer) and Pia Guerra (artist) - The best thus far, great humor and character development.

      Imperial Bodies: The Physical Experience of the Raj, C.1800-1947 by E. M. Collingham - Excellent book using domestic manuals as sources to prove that the home and body were not only sites of colonization but also changed over time, reflecting the changes in colonial rule.

      From Catharine Beecher to Martha Stewart: A Cultural History of Domestic Advice by Sarah A. Leavitt - Great book - although a chapter on Feminist Domesticity (like Jean's book ;) would have been a great epilogue.

      The Grand Domestic Revolution: A History of Feminist Designs for American Homes, Neighborhoods and Cities by Dolores Hayden - Is it just me or are people not as radical anymore? My favorite "characters" in this book were a group of women who formed a domestic co-op, in which they all did each others housework - and then charged their husbands.

      A Game of Thrones (A Song of Ice and Fire, Book 1) by George R.R. Martin - Recommended here on the Book Worms forum :) I enjoyed it very much and look forward to reading the whole series.

      Domesticity in Colonial India: What Women Learned When Men Gave Them Advice: What Women Learned When Men Gave Them Advice by Judith Walsh - A good book, but it would have been a better article (too much repetition of the same point).

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    I don't think I read anything non-academic...that's really bad! I have a ton of books to read I should get started.

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    Absolutely nil!! I was too busy sewing costumes!!

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    I haven't been reading much lately, but this past month I think I read a respectable amount.

    Everything Bad is Good For You by Stephen Johnson: Johnson talks about how the cultural forces that are supposedly dumbing us down actually improve important cognitive functions. For instance, video games require that the player figures a lot of things out on their own, television shows are more difficult to follow than before, etc. I read it in one sitting--it's really interesting.
    Dry by Augusten Burroughs: A memoir about his struggles with addiction. Who knew alcoholism could be this funny? I love the way he writes and he holds a special place in my heart for responding to one of my emails before he was on all the bestseller lists.
    Julie and Julia by Julie Powell: Powell decided one fateful night to cook every recipie in Julia Childs's "Mastering the Art of French Cooking" in one year and blog her results. It was funny and, at times, kind of touching.
    Female Chauvinist Pigs by Ariel Levy: I loved this book! You've probably heard of it; Levy is speaking out about what she calls "raunch culture", how porn stars and strippers are idolized and responding to calls of, "Show us your tits!" is supposedly empowering. I highly recommend it.[/i]

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    didn't read that much this past month. not sure why.

    1. finished wacky chicks by simon doonan. boy, they are wacky! and fascinating

    2. read hypocrite in a pouffy white dress by susan jane gilman. a memoir by another wacky chick.

    both the previous books were found in the self-help section or borders. they are not self-help books in the usual sense. i think they are just meant for you to relate to them and make them think about your life in different terms. i read blogs, so reading these were a natural extension.

    3. started tipping point by malcolm gladwell. very interesting.

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    I read Persepolis 2, which I liked more than Persepolis 1. Persepolis 2 went a little deeper into Marjane's personal story while still telling the interesting Iranian history.

    I also read super-cheesy The Food of Love. I read it really quickly. Two Italian guys fall for an American exchange student... and I'm sure you can guess the rest.

    And finally, I read my first Agatha Christie novel, The Murder of Roger Ackroyd, and it was pretty good! It was a very quick read and entertaining to boot. Now I know that whenever I need a good satisfying read I can always pick up an Agatha Christie book (and at $1 each at the nearby bookstore, they're a steal!)

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    i read THE NEW BLACK by mia freedman...

    and i finally got Jean's book which i loved and was worth waiting a whole 4 slow weeks from amazon.com!

    and Holy Cow by Sarah McDonald! now i want to goto india!

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    craftytricks, hooray for Agatha Christie! I suggest And Then There Were None and other than that, pretty much any Hercule Poirot mystery, except for maybe the ones she wrote when she got older which all have a sort of, "Back in my day..." thing about them.

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    Harry Potter 3,4,5 and 6

    Confessions of a Street Addict by James Cramer

    The Street Lawyer by John Grisham

    Lethal Seduction by Jackie Collins

    Bet Me by Jennifer Crusie

    The last 3 were read while I was on vacation and I only like to take fluff with me on vacation.

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    this was a good month for reading

    Stepmother Robert Coover- Great if you like fairy tales, kind of a dark, smart spoof on the traditional tale, with threads and characters from lots of tales thrown in.

    The Distant Land by Wendell Berry- Lovely Stories about the lives of several generations of farmers in Kentucky, ending with people watching the end of thier way of life, seemingly. Great Folks.

    Tooth and Claw by T C Boyle- one of my favorite short story writers, this is his newest collection. It doesn't disspoint.

    The Push Man and Other Stories by Yoshihiro Tatsumi- This is a collection of some of tatsumi's early work. I had never read anything by him before- I think he is big in Japanese Comics- a father-figure type. Interesting, very sexual and twisted stories- not what I would call feminist either. But quality stuff.

    Suddenly They heard footsteps by Dan Yashinski- Did you know there is a story-telling revolution going on? Well there is- its pretty cool stuff. also included are some kick-ass stories that the author tells.

    The facts of Winter by Poissel & La Farge- This is a small book, made up of short vignettes- dreams that people are having during the long nights of winter, in Paris. Really dreamy. I really enjoyed this.

    -Sara


 
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