This Week in Books!
By Jessica Barton on July 13, 2010
Another Tuesday, another list, eh? Last week I skipped a post and asked a question, mostly because there were too few things released to scrape a list together but it worked out nicely, I think. And since it was brought to my attention, I didn’t want to neglect to mention that Olivia Munn’s new book came out on the post-less day, SO! Let’s start with that.
Suck It, Wonder Woman!: The Misadventures of a Hollywood Geek by Olivia Munn.
In this hilarious collection you’ll find essays like “Thoughts About My First Agent’s Girlfriend’s Vagina,” wherein Olivia skewers what it’s like to live in Hollywood. In “Sex: What You Can Do to Help Yourself Have More of It,” she frankly gets down to the business of getting it on, including advice on how to appropriately wrap it and bag it. In “What to Do When the Robots Invade (Yes, When!),” Olivia offers valuable information on… what to do when the robots invade! And just when you thought she couldn’t get any more geeky, she can. This book also includes such handy treasures as a timeline of great moments in Geek history, a flip book, an unofficial FAQ section, and a nifty (read: smokin’) foldout poster.
Suck It, Wonder Woman! brings Olivia Munn’s unique humor, incredible wit, and lightning-fast costume changes to a world that needs more scrapbooking, sea monkeys, and for the love of God, a freakin’ hoverboard.
That was last week, so let’s get on to this week, eh?
Day by Day Armageddon: Beyond Exile (Book 2) by J.L. Bourne
The first book of Day by Day Armageddon took us deep into the mind of a military officer and survivor as he made a New Year’s resolution to start keeping a journal. The man kept his resolution and brought to us the fall of humanity, day by day. We see the man transition from the life that you and I live to the prospect of fighting for his very survival against the overwhelming hordes of the dead. We see him bleed, we see him make mistakes, we witness him evolve. The highly anticipated sequel to the bestselling underground cult classic, Beyond Exile begins where the first novel left off.
Savages: A Novel by Don Winslow
“Spare, clipped expository prose and hip, spot-on dialogue propel this visceral crime novel from Winslow (The Dawn Patrol). The future is looking good for Laguna Beach, Calif., marijuana growers Ben and Chon, until they receive an ominous e-mail from the Baja Cartel. Attached is a photograph showing the decapitated bodies of other independent drug dealers. The message is clear: sell your product through us or else. Ben and Chon try to resist, but matters escalate after cartel thugs abduct Ophelia, the guys’ beautiful young playmate and accomplice, and hold her for a cool million ransom. Meanwhile, Elena “La Reina” Sanchez Lauter, the leader of the Baja Cartel, must deal with rival drug gangs and potential overthrow from within. Ben and Chon propose a trade that Elena can’t refuse, setting the stage for the violent and utterly satisfying ending. Winslow’s encyclopedic knowledge of the border drug trade lends authenticity.”
Via Publisher’s Weekly!
Red Hook Road by Ayelet Waldman
“Waldman (Love and Other Impossible Pursuits) delivers a dense story of irreparable loss that tracks two families across four summers. After John Tetherly and Becca Copaken die in a freak car accident an hour after their wedding, their families are left to bridge stark class and cultural divides, and eventually forge deep-rooted bonds thanks to the twin deities of love and music. Becca’s family is well off, from New York, and summers in Red Hook, Maine, a small coastal town where John’s blue-collar single mother, Jane, cleans houses for a living. They interact, awkwardly, over how to bury the couple, the staging of an anniversary party, and over Jane’s adopted niece, whose amazing musical talent makes a connection to Becca’s ailing grandfather, a virtuoso violinist, who agrees to give her lessons. Becca’s younger sister, Ruthie, a Fulbright scholar, meanwhile, falls in love with John’s younger brother, Matt, the first Tetherly to go to college, before he drops out to work at a boatyard and finish restoring his brother’s sailboat, which he plans on sailing to the Caribbean. Though Waldman is often guilty of overwriting here, the narrative is well crafted, and each of the characters comes fully to life.”
Via Publisher’s Weekly!
There you have it, nerdlings! Don’t forget to check back every Friday for a book review that may or may not be relevant to your interests. As always, feel free to leave your questions, comments and words of wisdom here or on my Twitter!