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07 April 2017

Tell us what you're reading now I ask because I am working my way through an oddly assorted stack of titles from the library, where all my hold requests arrived at once. I'm reading in hardback Pierce Brown's Red Rising, which is excellent so far. I'm listening to the Beverly Cleary Ramona Quimby collection read by Stockard Channing, which is fabulous. And I just finished Hillbilly Elegy, which was very interesting though strikingly lacking in insight.
I recommended it a while back but The Refugees by Viet Thanh Nguyen One of the best things I've read in a while.

Future Sex by Emily Witt. Interesting in a one woman's journey way but it dosen't really have as much to say about wider trends as I thought it might.

A Street Cat Named Bob: How One Man and His Cat Found Hope on the Streets. Some people have complained about the quaility of the writting in this but it's fine. It feels like what it is. A story of a lost individual finding direction via a cat in his life. Now a movie with the real Bob doing much of his own acting.

Emergency Admissions: Memoirs of an Ambulance Driver by Kit Wharton. Life of an ambulance driver. Some dark things come up but it's not crushingly bad and the writer has compasion for even the most frustrating people. A quick read.

A Cool Million by Nathanael West. Satire taking on the Horatio Alger myth. Lemuel Pitkin leaves home to seek his fortune. He get robbed, ripped off, beaten and jailed multiple times and loses a number of body parts along the way. Also has a crazy populist/facist presidential candidate. Might work well as a companion piece to Hillbilly Elegy which I have not yet read.

If we are not friends on Goodreads I can be found - Kelly Mullen - the one listed in Windsor, ON.
posted by arse_hat 07 April | 16:07
I am reading The Lonely Polygamist by Brian Udall. I am a little obsessed with polygamy so I always love a polygamy novel.
posted by amro 07 April | 16:11
Oops I mean Brady Udall.
posted by amro 07 April | 16:14
This great thing - Up in the Old Hotel - recommended to me by Lipstick Thespian. Essays on characters and places in 1930s and 40s NYC.
posted by Miko 07 April | 22:51
I should be reading a biography of Rudyard Kipling for my book group, but it's so boring that I stopped after the first few pages. Unfortunately I'm hosting our next book group, so I can't duck out of it. I'll have to blag it by reading some reviews online.

Instead I picked up 'X' by Sue Grafton, the latest - and antepenultimate - in the Kinsey Millhone 'alphabet' series of mystery novels, all of which I've read and enjoyed. This one is no less enjoyable, but I think if you picked it up as a stand-alone without having read the others, you'd be a bit lost. There's a lot of cross-referencing to other characters and past storylines that would probably baffle someone new to the series.
posted by Senyar 08 April | 04:11
I liked X too. Nice entry by Grafton.
posted by bearwife 09 April | 20:02
I'm reading Limbus Inc, book III. It's mostly short stories, seemingly alternating between a longer storyline and other related stories in the same world. I assume there are other books in the series, but I picked up this one because Seanan McGuire has a story in it, and that's a guaranteed way to get me to buy a book these days.

My copy of Final Girls was delivered to my Kindle yesterday, so that is up next on the list. I'm also reading Fodor's Travel Alaska, since we're potentially planning a trip there in the fall.
posted by needlegrrl 10 April | 07:16
I finished Red Rising (and ordered the next in the series, Golden Son, from the library) and am now launched on Helen Oyeyemi's What is Not Yours is Not Yours, which I disliked at first but is growing on me fast.
posted by bearwife 11 April | 12:42
Trans-Siberian Orchestra Founder Paul O'Neill Dead at 61 || Bike riders. Jealous of truck drivers with truck nuts?