Originally Posted by Bufomander
Thanks. It definitely was, as far as the hurting other people kind of stuff. (Minus the relatives who feel sad about it all.) It's been quite the last six months -- he was arrested a few weeks after I got hit by a car. My poor mom.
Aw man, that must have been a trial for your mom! I'm sorry about all that, I hope things get better.
Originally Posted by kangamitroo
while i did
like EPL, this definitely resonates with me....i think i withheld (or could not produce?) sympathy for the author, to a degree.
i have tried to read Julie & Julia for two nights. i like the bits about preparing the recipes, but when she gives details about her work life....well, she loses me in the details. i want to say, what is your point? can you get back to the food already? i don't think i'll be able to get through it. but i think it is such a great concept, and will likely watch the film sometime.
to what you all said about the traveling around the world in EPL
I didn't even realize she had a new book, I'm curious about it now!
And I actually just finished Julie and Julia yesterday.
I really liked it!
Her writing style cracked me up. And maybe since I had seen the movie already and feel somewhat ambivalent about my job too, I could enjoy all the writing about all the other stuff besides the food. I did wish there was more time spent talking about Julia though. I am definitely planning on picking up some books about JC herself.
Originally Posted by kbond
#4 Columbine by Dave Cullen
I picked this one up based on a recommendation from this group, and I'm really glad I did. I was a junior in highschool when Columbine happened, and I didn't realize until reading this book how much I didn't know. How much what I "knew" was wrong. It was really staggering to find out.
The only thing I didn't like about this book was how he handled footnotes. Basically, he didn't use them. There are no footnotes or endnotes. Instead, you can turn to the end of the book, and organized by chapter are phrases from the chapters and then the supporting evidence. This drives the academic in me BATTY.
I have considered reading this book, but am trying to read only stuff that makes me feel good this year
I heard him speak on NPR though, and it was pretty interesting. I totally agree with you on footnotes, etc. I can't stand it when they aren't used properly, and honestly, I just wish endnotes didn't exist at all. Footnotes are so much more pleasurable for keeping the reading going. Viva la footnotes!
#4 The Big Rewind by Nathan Rabin
Rabin is a writer and movie reviewer for the AV Club at The Onion. His memoir starts out when he's a kid, spends time in an asylum, lives in a group home, etc. He goes on to have his dream job in the AV Club. His writing is clever and witty, really fun to read and despite the hardships he went through growing up, he seems pretty happy now. The pop culture references were fun.
#5 Julie and Julia by Julie Powell
I liked it, nothing earth shattering, but I thought she was funny. I'd like to read her blog, but it's a little hard to navigate now since it's so old.