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Posted on 2004.21.03 at 11:14
How I feel about it all: nerdynerdy
Soundtrack: Sinead O'Connor - The Emperor's New Clothes
Yesterday Hannah and I went to the mall so she could return some stuff and get some more stuff. While she did that, I went to the book store (a shock, I know).

The good news: They were having a sale!
The bad news: They were having a sale!

Yep, buy four, get one free. I usually don't fall prey to these, but I was there for a loong time (because, of course, I was with my Hannah, and well. Long time.), and so I found five books, despite the fact that Waldenbooks is not famous for its variety (No Women's Studies, no GLBT section, teenytiny History and Science sections).


Here's what I bought:

The Talisman by Stephen King and Peter Straub, which I'd planned to get anyway because my old paperback copy got destroyed and mr_t00by wanted to read it on his trip.

Reading Lolita in Tehran, A Memoir in Books by Azar Nafisi. I've wanted to read this one for a while, since I heard an interview with the author on NPR (I think Fresh Air or The Connection, I don't remember which).

Harriet Tubman, The Road to Freedom by Catherine Clinton. I've always wanted to read a bio of Harriet Tubman, because although I know what she did, I know almost nothing about who she was. She's a hero of mine, and I'm embarrassed at how little I know about her life.

To the Mountaintop, Martin Luther King, Jr's Sacred Mission to Save America, 1955-1968 by Stewart Burns. This seems like it will be a different approach to a MLK bio. I like the idea of focussing on his reasons for doing what he did, as opposed to an emphasis on what his actions did for others (which is equally important, just done more often). It looks like there'll be an focus on the spiritual as well, and I like the idea of hearing Christian ideologies as viewed by someone who actually lived what he believed.

Please Stop Laughing at Me by Jodee Blanco. Ten years ago I couldn't have opened a book like this. A year ago I picked it up in a store and immediately put it down, thinking it'd be too much for me to read. Yesterday it was the first book I started to read out of these five. I figured it'd bring up memories, and it does, but it's a detatched kind of thing for me, now, which is good. Time and perspective can be wonderful therapy.

So, I'm determined not to buy any more books until I've finished these five books, as well as The Mayor of Castro Street: The Life and Times of Harvey Milk, by Randy Shilts, which I'm currently reading. Harvey's another hero of mine, and I love anything Randy Shilts wrote, and I know I'm going to want to go back and re-read And the Band Played On: Politics, People, and the AIDS Epidemic, which I haven't read in, oh, ten years or so.

Comments:


let's get the seven lines.
bookshop at 2004-03-21 08:49 (UTC) ()
I actually rented And the Band Played On--the HBO version, from the library 2 days ago and was planning to watch it this weekend (ack, no time, work sucks, etc). I'm really excited about it though because I've always wanted to see it but never have for some reason.

I also checked out the Mayor of Castro St. once but never read it, naturally. I miss out on all the good stuff. :)

Please keep me up to date on the MLK bio. I've been thinking about reading one of his lately myself but had no idea where to start.
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primroseburrows at 2004-03-21 08:56 (UTC) ()
I saw the TV movie of And the Band Played On. It's probably the reason I picked up the book--I knew it was going to be on and wanted tor read the book first (that's actually how I became a Stephen King fan, reading The Stand because I wanted to watch the miniseries). I recommend the movie. Alan Alda plays one of the docs involved, and the character is a right bastard, and Alan plays him sooo well.

Have you seen the movie The Times of Harvey Milk? If you can possibly see it, do it. Bring Kleenex, it's very moving.
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patchfire at 2004-03-21 10:28 (UTC) ()
Mayor of Castro Street's excellent. Go check it out again. :-)

And I just saw the HBO movie of And The Band Played On for the first time a few months ago. Another good one is Common Threads: Stories From the Quilt. My library has a dearth of good books, but I can find decent documentaries and movies - wtf is up with that?
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animated_vixen at 2004-03-21 09:10 (UTC) ()
I heard the same interview with Azar Nafisi on NPR, and the book sounded fantastic.
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primroseburrows at 2004-03-21 09:14 (UTC) ()
I don't think I would have picked it up if I hadn't heard the interview. She put such heart into it, and the experience seems to have affected her deeply.

I wonder how many books I pass by because I assume that I wouldn't be interested. :/
the day you left was just my beginning
patchfire at 2004-03-21 10:25 (UTC) ()
Did you ever read Conduct Unbecoming? Out of the three Randy Shilts books, I think that one broke my heart the most. I also think it might just be the one that general public needs to read the most.

Where did you find your copy of The Mayor of Castro Street? Is it used? I was going to buy it but checked it out instead because everything I could find said it was oop.
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primroseburrows at 2004-03-21 10:42 (UTC) ()
Conduct Unbecoming still sits on the shelf, but it's on my list.

And I got The Mayor of Castro Street from Amazon.
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songdog at 2004-03-21 13:02 (UTC) ()
I heard two interviews with Azar Nafisi, one on the Connection, and one on Fresh Air. I'll be interested in what you think about the book. I was very impressed by her in the interviews, and thought about putting the book on my list, too.

peacey at 2004-03-22 16:18 (UTC) ()

Good Books

Just finished reading "The Key" by James Frey. An *excellent* book on harnessing the power of myth in fiction writing. Just cracked the cover of "Mystic River" by Dennis Lehane (the incredibly well done movie was based on this book). In my waiting-to-be-read pile: The Count of Monte Cristo, Kushiel's Dart by Jacqueline Carey, Queen of Camelot by Nancy McKenzie, The Zero Game by Brad Meltzer, Flyboys by James Bradley, Blowfly by Patricia Cornwell, Storm of Swords by George R. R. Martin, Tea With Terrorists by Craig Winn and Ken Power, The Power of Myth by Joseph Campbell, Angels and Demons by Dan Brown, Deliver Us From Evil by Sean Hannity, Those Who Trespass by Bill O'Reilley and several "art of writing" tomes, particularly "Characters & Viewpoint" by Orson Scott Card & "How to Write a Damn Good Novel" by the same James Frey. And always, every year I reread the five books of "The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy" "trilogy" - by far and away my favorite set of books ever. God Bless Douglas Adams.

PS. You see "The Passion" yet?
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primroseburrows at 2004-03-22 19:19 (UTC) ()

Re: Good Books


PS. You see "The Passion" yet?


No. *sigh* I can't find anyone to go with me, and violence makes me all squicky. I want to see it, but at this point, if nobody will go with me, I may wait for the rental. It's funny, 'cause I usually prefer to go to films alone.

The Zero Game by Brad Meltzer

Is that the one that has all the tunnels and things under the Capital? If so, I wanna read it.
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primroseburrows at 2004-03-22 19:20 (UTC) ()

Re: Good Books

Er. Capitol. Yeah, I can spell.
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