Archive for January, 2007

I usually don’t like books that are subtle, but I loved this book. I read it for my Post-War Suburban Sexuality in Lit class (I love the U of Iowa). It was perfect for that class. Revolutionary Road was published in 1961, and it takes place in 1955. This book is about a couple, Frank […]


I first read this book for a Social Problems class, but I keep returning to it, and it keeps returning to me. Don’t let the academic-esque introduction scare you; this book really reads like a soap opera or someone’s diary.I don’t know how LeBlanc did her research, but it was obviously extensive and long-term. Random […]


If you’ve ever watched a medication commercial and wondered, “How the hell do they come up with the names for these things?”, then read this book. It’s not all about prescription drugs (though there is a chapter on the naming of Viagra); the book focuses on five words (Viagra, BlackBerry, e-business, Cayenne, and Accenture) and […]


I only started reading Stephen King a few years ago. Until then, I was one of those deluded people who thought horror was stupid, cheesy, and not good literature. While that’s true for a lot of horror, Stephen King has taken the genre and turned it into popular fiction AND really good writing. That said, […]


If you like slightly pretentious books about art school in the late 1950s, I think you’ll like this book. Chip Kidd is a relatively famous book designer (the next time you pick up a book and think, “Wow, I like the way this book is laid out,” look in the inside cover. It’s probably designed […]


Maybe I should preface this with a disclaimer: I’ve written two papers and a presentation about this book. I’ve had to read it way too many times, and analyze the crap out of it. So maybe I’m a little jaded.Anyway, I really hate this book. It’s supposed to be a sex positive guide for women […]


When I heard of these books (so far, The Pirates! In an Adventure with Scientists, The Pirates! In an Adventure with Ahab, and The Pirates! In an Adventure with Communists), I nearly peed myself. Books about pirates with exclamation points in the titles?? By a British guy named Gideon? Yes, please!The Pirates! books are about […]