Monday, March 11, 2013

Food, Firearms, Fiction


Gun Guys: a road trip by Dan Baum.
  • Flyleaf version:  Dan Baum is both a lifelong gun guy and a Jewish Democrat who grew up in suburban New Jersey feeling like a "child of a bitter divorce with allegiance to both parents."  In Gun Guys he grabs his licensed concealed-carry handgun and hits the road to meet some of the 40 percent of Americans who own guns.
  • Short version:  Gun nerd takes a drive.
  • Gerard version: Who the heck writes a nonfiction book and doesn't include any photos?  He makes up for that absence with good notes, bib., and index.
Audiobooks on CD

Fresh Off the Boat by Eddie Huang.  7 CDs at 8 hours.  Immigrant kid in Florida "obsessed over football, fought all-American boys who called him a chink, partied like a gremlin, and sold drugs with his crew" then opened a restaurant in New York City and wrote a book called Fresh Off the Boat.

The Heavy by Dara-Lynn Weiss.  7 CDs at 7.816 hours.  Weiss's seven-year-old daughter is obese.  Weiss has "her own food and body issues."  Weiss and daughter work to improve.  Weiss has to constantly spell out her hyphenated first name to everyone.

Slim For Life by Jillian Michaels.  7 CDs at 7.8 hours.  TV woman writes book.  TV Woman reads book out loud into microphone.  Fancy computer gadgets encode that recording onto thin plastic discs.  Those discs are packaged and sold.  LD Fargo Public Library buys a package of those discs.  LD Fargo Library advertises the availability of those discs.

A Week in Winter by Maeve Binchy. 9 CDs at 10.966 hours.  I've been reading a 1982 James Bond novel by John Gardner, IcebreakerIcebreaker is set in Northern Finland during winter.  I was in Finland in the summer of 1989.

Robert B. Parker's Ironhorse by Robert Knott.  6 CDs at 7.366 hours.  Virgil Cole and Everett Hitch are hired to guard a train with Mexican prisoners.  Robbers arrive.

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