Category: Books

cover of let me tell you by shirley jackson

Let Me Tell You: New Stories, Essays, and Other Writings by Shirley Jackson

I've always sought out stories about families - by birth or by choice - over the years. The Chronicles of Narnia (paid link). The Baby-Sitters Club (paid link). The Fast and the Furious (paid link). I would even include Remember Me by Mary Higgins Clark. I'm talking about Shirley Jackson's…

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cover of Side Hustle by Chris Guillebeau

Side Hustle by Chris Guillebeau

I've been following Guillebeau off and on for a few years now. I bought the digital version of $100 Startup (paid link) when it was on sale. I decided to support him further, and get in on the ground floor by getting the ARC (advanced reader copy) of his latest…

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After Dark by Haruki Murakami

Excellent book. I like to think of it as a post-modern film noir set in Tokyo, around two sisters named Eri and Mari. The story follows how their lives connect to each other, an old friend, an abused Chinese prostitute and the keepers of a "love hotel" that found her…

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Me & Mr. Darcy by Alexandra Potter

American bookstore ninja/Darcy fangirl runs into Mr. Darcy in modern times on his own turf. Hi-jinks ensue. It's amazing the impact Jane Austen has had on literature, how many times her storylines have been retold and redone even today. I'm not a hopelessly obsessive fangirl, but I do recognize her…

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Citizen Girl by Emma McLaughlin and Nicola Kraus

This book chronicles the working escapades of Girl – unnamed because I am assuming the authors want us to know that she could be anybody, i.e. you and me.

We follow her after graduation from college, subsisting in the Big Apple, and falling into the unemployed life that is predestined for us liberal arts geeks. We meet her loopy, left-wing family briefly, and then follow her attempts to attain a job where her ideals would not be impugned upon.

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Not Quite What I Was Planning by Rachel Fershleiser and Larry Smith

Basically, the premise of the book is if you could write a memoir in six words, what would yours be?

“Nobody cared, then they did. Why?”

Chuck Klosterman

They were taking submissions from every writer: professional, non-professional, famous, and the not-so-famous.

“We still don’t hear a single.”

Adam Schlesinger

As I was reading it, I was laughing about how truly easy it was to sum your life up in six words.

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Mouse Tales by David Koenig

I finished “Mouse Tales” by David Koenig from my summer reading list last week. If you want to know about the dark side of paradise (i.e. Disneyland, which is paradise as far as I’m concerned), read it.

I think there’s an updated version out now, but I liked what I read from the original.

Mind you, I felt it was kinda grating after awhile. Like, really, how many accidents do we need to read about? I still have incredible fangirl love for Disneyland even after reading this book though.

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