Looks like I bought too many copies of The Power, Rhonda Byrne’s follow-up to her mega-hit The Secret. C’mon people, help me out. We all indulge in a little wishful thinking now and then. If you want to be told that it’s science and that it works, this is for you!
Louann Brizendine’s book The Female Brain has 163 pages of text, and three appendices. Her book The Male Brain comes in at 132 page of text and only one appendix. If mens’ brain’s are true/false tests, women’s are essay questions.
Tempted to try the Twilight Saga? Not me. It’s 2,446 of unconsummated teenage longing? Despite my best efforts, I remember all too well.
David Sedaris’s new title Squirrel Seeks Chipmunk is a bit of a departure, being animal stories, so presumably less autiobiographical than usual. Having made his reputation with stories about his wickedly funny mother, Sedaris’s more recent material about boyfriend Hugh (rhymes with too good to be true) seems to lack some of his earlier edge. Can’t wait for this one. More copies on the way.
Both Tim Hallinan and John Burdett write thrillers based in Bangkok, which means they are set against the background of Thailand’s sex tourism, coz that’s where crime happens. Hallinan’s newest, Queen of Patpong, takes us pretty deep into the sex trade, with a long middle section about how one girl ended up dancing and worse. It’s a heartbreaking story, and all too real. As Hallinan says in an author’s note, each of them “is a real person who has been given a very narrow range of choices. I think that most of them cope with their difficult situation with a certain amount of grace.”
Finally, Earth (the book) : a visitor’s guide to the human race by Jon Stewart and his staff at the Daily Show, purports to be a guide to our planet for aliens visiting after humans have destroyed themselves. If you liked America– the book you know what to expect.