So I'm a little behind on updating my year of books
so here goes:Week 7
7. Fateful Harvest : The True Story of a Small Town, a Global Industry, and a Toxic Secret
by Duff Wilson: An Erin Brokovich like story all about the pesticide industry...makes me scared of eating veggies, but sadly, not scared enough to always
buy organic cause, hey...student loans. Very well written...one of those newspaper expose into book type deals and very engrossing.Week 8Week 9
8. Elementary Particles
by Michel Houellebecq and Frank Wynne : Not quite what what I was expecting and it wasn't til I realized that the background of the cover
was skin that it made a bit more sense to me. Delves in to science, relationships, sex, philosophy and a whole host of other issues. Not my favorite read ever, but a trip I don't regret taking.Week 10
9. The Riddle of the Wren
by Charles DeLint: Good old DeLint. His books are always so original, but they all have a similar feel so that even if you've never read the one in your hands, it still feels like returning home. Same fantastic blend of different cultures mythologies...just...yeah!
10. Dealing with Dragons
by Patricia C. Wrede: Picked up in a used bookstore as a "Remember-When" book. Don't know when I first read it...10? 12? Just cute, simple sassy, refuse to fit the mold, heroine style fantasy. The kind I grew up on. Shut up! Week 11Week 12
11. Stiff: The Curious Lives of Human Cadavers
by Mary Roach: One of two well-hyped books this week. This was definitely the better. Laugh out loud funny book, but not something to be read at meal times. I can't recommend it enough. My favorite blend of science, humor and curiosity. Too good!
12. The Secret Life of Bees
by Sue Monk Kidd: Not to say that this wasn't good...just didn't hit on my science nerve so inherently had to lose out. Was definitely a page-turner though and I'm glad I finally got around to it (Thanks eeyorekdm
13. 12,000 Miles in the Nick of Time: A Semi-Dysfunctional Family Circumnavigates the Globe
by Mark Jacobson: Besides the science writing, my other love is the travel writing. Fun! Loved the description of place as well as family dynamic. Kind of a "What might have been" if my family had done the international travel a few years later than we actually did.Week 14
by William Gibson: Hard to believe that this is actually the first time I read this. I liked it...though not as much as I feel I should have (I think I liked Pattern Recognition
more). Probably had my impressions skewed by seeing the Matrix and other such pop cultureness before
reading this so it didn't seem quite as cutting edge as I'm sure it did when it first hit.
15. Pure Drivel
by Steve Martin: It wasn't drivel, but it sure as hell was funny.
16. Learning to See Creatively
by Bryan Peterson: This has been on my wish lsit for years, so imagine my happiness when I found it in a used bookstore. I don't know how it will affect my photography, but since I already catch myself looking at things differently, I can only imagine it will be good. Week 15Week 16
17. My Year in Meat
by by Ruth L. Ozeki: I really can't recommend this highly enough. Kind of a fiction version of Fast Food Nation
meets and insiders guide to the making of Supersize Me
if one or both of them were set in Japan. Um...yeah...that in now way does the book justice. Just understand that it kicks ass and you should totally go out there and read it. Now. What are you waiting for? Go!Week 17
18. I'm a Stranger Here Myself
by Bill Bryson: Good, of course...it's Bryson. I was a little disconcerted to find it was a series of columns and not a cohesive book, but it was still enjoyable like all Bryson is.Week 18
19. Going Solo
by Roald Dahl: I had no idea that he'd written a sequel to Boy
until I found this in a used bookstore. It was a very happy discovery. All about his time in Africa and with the RAF during WWII. So engrossing, both as a personal history and as a look into a world that no longer exists (for better and/or for worse).Week 19
20. My Kind of Place
by Susan Orlean: I enjoyed this. There are a few places where her literary turns become a wee bit anvilicious, but overall it was an enjoyable read. As I've got more of hers on my shelf to get to, that's definitely a good thing.
21 The Fairy Godmother
by Mercedes Lackey: This was a re-read. Something made me think of part of the plot recently and as I was "trapped" in the apartment all weekend I decided to go for a refresher. Just as good as the first time.
Phew....remind me to do these things more often so there's less to type.