A World Without Islam by Graham E. Fuller
Yet another book spotted while at work. This is in the current affairs section, and it caught my eye and my interest. It's in this book that Fuller intends to show what the world may be like without Islam - and it may not necessarily be any different at all. Indeed, if not Islam, then what religion, what politics might have come into play and would they be the same in terms how how the West is viewed, etc? Very intriguing questions. I'm not yet very far into the book, but look forward to see how Fuller's ideas unfold.
Notes from the playlist: "What I've Done" by Marié Digby
Monday, November 29, 2010
A World Without Islam by Graham E. Fuller
Thursday, November 25, 2010
Mariel of Redwall by Brian Jacques
Posted by Nicole at Thursday, November 25, 2010
Sunday, November 21, 2010
God's Middle Finger: Into the Lawless Heart of the Sierra Madre by Richard Grant
I first spotted this book two, maybe three years ago when working at my other store. It's kind of hard to ignore a book called God's Middle Finger. It's equally hard to forget about it after reading what it's about. With phrases like, "[...] his reckless adventure spiraled into his own personal heart of darkness when cocaine-fueled Mexican hillbillies hunted him through the woods all night, bent on killing him for sport." Whaaaat? Really? Of course, I didn't get the chance to read it right away, but that book stuck with me until years later I finally got my hands on it. It's a great read. Definitely worth it. Grant travels all along Sierra Madre and learns about how the police and the drug dealers co-exist, sees abject poverty, the nonstop machismo that saturates the culture (and the men), and quickly discovers that it's all about who you know.
I put this book near Thanksgiving because after reading this book, it just makes me thankful for everything I have here. I'm sure Grant's happy to be alive and well on the opposite side of the Mexican border...
Read the Epinions review here!
Notes from the playlist: "Silver Springs" by Fleetwood Mac
Posted by Nicole at Sunday, November 21, 2010
Wednesday, November 17, 2010
To the Beach by Thomas Docherty
"Take an adventurous trip to the beach and hang out with the best camel ever."
That's what my Bookseller Recommends card read when I stuck this book on the recommendation shelf (back when I worked in a store that had one...my newest store did away with employee recs - VERY sad about that). It's a simple story about going to the beach - but this boy does it in a very unexpected way. And the camel is awesome - and adorable. That was actually one of the things that made me pick up this book, the cuteness of the camel. Who doesn't love a camel that knows how to have fun? I know we're in November, so read this and think of sunny days, or hang onto it until beach days come again.
Notes from the playlist: "Love Song" by Sara Bareilles
Posted by Nicole at Wednesday, November 17, 2010
Saturday, November 13, 2010
Star Island by Carl Hiaasen
I was in the mood for something different, and having read the book blurb about Carl Hiaasen's newest book, thought that might just do it. I've never read anything by him before and figured now was a good time to see what Carl's all about. Though Star Island doesn't really fit the mystery genre by any real definition, it was still a fun romp. Weird, wacky, and amusing at every turn, I had a great time and polished this off in a single day. It's all about the trials and tribulations of pop star Cherry Pye - or at least, her double Annie, who slips in when Cherry's too coked out/drunk/unconcious to do the job. I guess it's in mystery because A.) the rest of Carl's books are in there and B.) you really don't know who is going to do what next. It may be your cup of tea and it may not be, but I say definitely give it a try and see what happens.
Posted by Nicole at Saturday, November 13, 2010
Tuesday, November 9, 2010
Nestle Classic Recipes by Nestlé
Mmm. Who doesn't love Nestle goodness? From their classic chocolate chip cookie recipe to a few surprising ideas (key lime pie, anyone?), this book is choc-a-bloc full of delicious goodies ready for baking. And guess where I found this? In the bargain section of the store! Haha! Always great stuff in the bargain section. This book is a total joy to have around and I'm always eager to make something mouth-watering. The best part is that most of the recipes are simple, so for when I want something sweet and awesome and don't have the time or money for a recipe from Sticky, Chewy, Messy, Gooey, this is the way to go. Yummy!
Notes from the playlist: "Vianne Sets Up Shop" by Rachel Portman
Posted by Nicole at Tuesday, November 09, 2010
Friday, November 5, 2010
Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury
Posted by Nicole at Friday, November 05, 2010
Monday, November 1, 2010
Well, the winners have been chosen via Random Number Generator and the ballots are in (wait...numbers? Ballots? Nevermind). The winners are:
Anonymous for The Replacement by Brenna Yovanoff! (wow, it seemed like everybody wanted this book...)
David for Little Bee by Chris Cleave!
Nicole C. for Zoo Story by Thomas French!
MayinJune for The Search for Wondla by Tony DiTerlizzi!
Congratulations guys! I hope you enjoy your new reads!
Thanks to everyone who participated and keep checking back for more cool books to read. And you never know when I'll have another book giveaway!
Posted by Nicole at Monday, November 01, 2010