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Survey: books. in excrucating detail.

What is your favorite book now? Benjamin Alire Saenz' Carry Me Like Water. We found a hardcover copy of this gem for $3 at a Dollar General in Hell Goldsboro and I was so taken by it I read it in two sittings, then read it aloud to Himself. It's on the long side for the surreal genre of Mexican-American fiction (if you want short, try Ana Castillo's So Far From God) but even my big fat gringo husband liked it... or he got a kick out of listening to me speak Spanish in front of him. I don't do that often because you can hear traces of my Boston accent when I speak Spanish.

...10 years ago? Timothy Ferris' Coming of Age in the Milky Way. It was the first Ferris book I read and really, my introduction to cosmology. I scared the crap out of my physics teacher a few years later when I turned in a 10-page term paper on interstellar distance measurement after spending most of his class trying to not be noticed and keep Roman Hands the Jock at a safe distance.

...20 years ago? H.A. Rey's The Stars: A New Way To See Them. My grandmother gave me a copy and turned me into a little astronomy geek. I was tickled years later to find Sky & Telescope using drawings from the books in its All Sky maps. (: I adored Robert McCloskey, Shel Silverstein, and Kay Thompson's Eloise books.

What book made you laugh out loud? Fresh Milk: The Secret Life of Breasts. I know breastfeeding itself isn't funny, but some of the stories and anecdotes (the book is punctuated with replies to a questionnaire Fiona Giles sent out about breasts and breastfeeding) had me crying with laughter. And you should all count yourselves lucky I didn't read it before I had Laurel or I might have tried to squirt you from across the room.

What book made you cry? Forged Under the Sun: The Life of Maria Elena Lucas. Yes, the autobiography of a United Farm Workers organizer made me cry.

What book shocked you? Probably Mad In America, but I was expecting it since I read a review of it in Business Week (in-flight reading, heh) and sought out a copy after it was released in paperback simply to see what sort of horrific things the psychiatric industry has done to schizophrenics.

What book have you thrown across the room? Wanted to throw? I have _never_ thrown a book. Ever. I did, however, want to throw A Farewell to Arms the first time I read it. Hemingway occasionally infuriates me.

What book were you unable to finish? I haven't finished The Tao of Physics yet, but it's due to my own lack of knowledge and relying on Himself to explain where I get lost.

What book have you reread the most? Ana Castillo's So Far From God -- it's always quick, satisfying, and smells a lot like frijoles.

What book did you like once, but now can't stand? I won't name names, but I read some really horrible romance novels in middle school. *looks around nervously*

What book most made your life what it is today? Edward Abbey's The Journey Home.

What is your favorite book by your favorite author? If I have to pick an author... *sighs* Ender's Game.

What book must you really read someday? Stephen Wolfram's A New Kind of Science. I *really* don't look forward to reading it, but if I don't after we acquire a copy, I'll have to wait a couple of years while Himself reads it. (I devour books, he mostly reads in the john. Really, really slowly.)

What's on top of the nearest to-read pile? As soon as I unpack it, I need to reread Neuromancer.

What book made you want to jump off a bridge? Haven't met one yet.

What book made you want to write? I don't want to write. I post in my LJ for two reasons: to disseminate pictures and stuff about Laurel for the interested and to make my angry, drunken muse shut up long enough for me to sleep.

What book changed you? Osho's Courage: The Joy of Living Dangerously. Or possibly Alice in Wonderland.

What was the first book you bought? I can't remember, but it was probably when we lived in Framingham. I still have fond memories of the library there.

What was the most recent book you bought? I haven't bought many books since we moved home (the library's a mile away and Laurel *loves* going), so they'd be from September: Mad In America: Bad Science, Bad Medicine, and The Enduring Mistreatment of the Mentally Ill, a first edition copy of Information Architecture for the World Wide Web: Designing Large-Scale Web Sites, and Amphigorey Also.

What books are you currently reading? Right now I'm actually not reading anything other than periodicals (Denver Post daily, Newsweek and Time weekly, assorted monthly magazines) because most of my free time is spent on needlework. I'm trying to stay on track to finish Amy's piece with enough time to get it professionally framed before the wedding.

What was your most recent read? Mad In America. It took me awhile to get through it because I'd take a break from it every time I got too angry. (I have some rage toward psychiatry, but it's getting less personal with time.)

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redqueenofevil
Feb. 10th, 2004 03:51 am (UTC)
Hemingway infuriates me too. Glad I'm not the only one.

For a "please-kill-me-now" book, read Toni Morrison's "The Bluest Eye."
ex_dervish821
Feb. 10th, 2004 12:58 pm (UTC)
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Hey, that's the first one I thought of, too.

Well, wait. Perhaps I should be more specific. I really LIKED it, in a kill me now kind of way.
redqueenofevil
Feb. 10th, 2004 02:27 pm (UTC)
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I like Morrison too, but she does make me disgusted to be a human sometimes.
oddharmonic
Feb. 13th, 2004 04:18 am (UTC)
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If I had first read Hemingway for leisure, it might not drive me so batty. Unfortunately, I've had a number of his works as assigned reading and think I used most of my lifetime BS allotment writing papers on them.

*shivers* I've already read that. I bribed myself to finish it by promising myself more Hunter S. Thompson if I did.
dahunk2003
Feb. 10th, 2004 08:28 pm (UTC)
Ooh, I enjoyed your book rant! I, too, read "Mad In America" and was quite shocked and amazed with all that was said and all that happens.
revme
Feb. 11th, 2004 08:50 am (UTC)
(also, not sure if you wanted me to post my response as a reply or not, but I put it as an entry in my journal. If you care. If you want, I can copy-paste it here.)
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