Monday, August 26, 2013

Why Did I Buy This?


Tampa by Alissa Nutting.  There has been press and word-of-mouth about this novel of a female teacher who is a serial abuser of teen boys.  Megan Abbott wrote an opinion piece about Tampa for some online magazine

Impossible Monsters edited by Kasey Lansdale. Collection of horror short stories.  I bought this because the editor's father kept mentioning the book.  Lansdale is more musician than editor.

The Score: a graphic novel by Richard Stark, adapted and illustrated by Darwyn Cooke.  Why did I buy this one?  Because Stark's real name was Donald Westlake and his Parker series novels are genius.


Eating on the Wild Side: the missing link to optimum health by Jo Robinson.  Why?  Because it looks like something people would read.

Zealot: the life and times of Jesus of Nazareth by Reza Aslan.  Why?  Because a contentious news interview brought a lot of attention and book sales soared.

Crazy Rich: power, scandal, and tragedy inside the Johnson and Johnson dynasty by Jerry Oppenheimer.  Why?  Johnson and Johnson started off in Racine.  Why else?  Well, there is a song by Old 97s called Oppenheimer.

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