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Nickel and Dimed: On (Not) Getting By in America
Here's a down and dirty assessment of Nickel and Dimed, by Barbara Ehrenreich:

First the positive:
- Interesting premise: writer decides to try to live
Jul 2006
Jul 26, 2007
Princess: A True Story of Life Behind the Veil in Saudi Arabia
Princess, by Jean Sasson is the life story of a Saudi princess as told to an American journalist. It details the dysfunction, hypocrisy and imposed in ...more
Oct 2007
Oct 18, 2007
The Daughters of Juarez: A True Story of Serial Murder South of the Border
The Daughters of Juarez, by Teresa Rodriguez (with Diana Montané and Lisa Pulitzer), chronicles a series of horrific murders of young women (and teens ...more
Aug 2007
Jul 26, 2007
Because They Hate
In Because They Hate, Brigitte Gabriel describes her idyllic childhood as a Christian in Lebanon and her teen years spent with her aged parents in a b ...more
Jan 2007
Jul 26, 2007
Jarhead: A Marine's Chronicle of the Gulf War and Other Battles
{Warning: Strong language} Once upon a time I read a review of the book Jarhead, by Anthony Swofford, which peaked my interest. DH Jeff was thoughtful ...more
Jan 2006
Jul 30, 2007
A Day Late and a Dollar Short
I'm sorry - I can't finish this book. The characters are all basically unlikeable folks who "explain themselves" - which means giving excuses why thei ...more
Jun 07, 2010
Jun 06, 2010
Virus X: Tracking the New Killer Plagues
Virus X: Tracking the New Killer Plagues, by Frank Ryan, MD, details various epidemics and outbreaks, the known or proposed vectors thereof and effort ...more
Jun 2006
Jul 27, 2007
The Children of Men
The Children of Men, by P.D. James, the book on which the recent film was based, is a dire what-if tale of a world without a future, caused by sudden, ...more
Jul 11, 2009
Jul 26, 2007
The Swallows of Kabul
In our B/C, we’ve read a bunch of books that deal with Islam in various aspects and countries. The last one we read was a novel called The Swallows of ...more
Jun 2006
Jul 27, 2007
Blowing My Cover
Blowing My Cover – My Life As A CIA Spy, by Lindsay Moran, was a quick, cheap ($6.50) read that we discussed at Book Club (B/C). It details Ms. Moran’ ...more
Jun 2006
Jul 27, 2007
Aftermath, Inc.: Cleaning Up After CSI Goes Home
Aftermath, Inc.: Cleaning Up After CSI Goes Home, by Gil Reavill, is not for the faint of heart or the weak-stomached. Reavill, who is a crime story w ...more
Jul 31, 2008
Jul 27, 2008
The Devil in the White City: Murder, Magic, and Madness at the Fair That Changed America
Devil in the White City, by Erik Larson, tells the incredible story of the 1893 World’s Fair in Chicago: the fight to hold it in Chicago; the drive to ...more
Sep 2007
Aug 02, 2007
Not Enough Indians: A Novel
Not Enough Indians, by Harry Shearer (of Simpsons & Christopher Guest movies fame), has an interesting premise: a bankrupt town decides to save it ...more
Feb 2007
Jul 26, 2007
Beauty Junkies: Inside Our $15 Billion Obsession With Cosmetic Surgery
Beauty Junkies, by Alex Kuczynski, gives us the history of plastic and cosmetic surgery, the charlatans, the risks, the popularity especially in the U ...more
Jun 2007
Jul 26, 2007
Kitchen Confidential: Adventures in the Culinary Underbelly
Kitchen Confidential: Adventures in the Culinary Underbelly, by celebrity chef Anthony Bourdain, lives up to its title. Bourdain dishes on his eventfu ...more
Aug 15, 2008
Sep 14, 2008
Invasion: How America Still Welcomes Terrorists, Criminals, And Other Foreign Menaces To Our Shores
In Invasion: How America Still Welcomes Terrorists, Criminals, and Other Foreign Menaces to Our Shores, Michelle Malkin gives us a sobering and quite ...more
Jun 2004
Aug 02, 2007
Corpse: Nature, Forensics, and the Struggle to Pinpoint Time of Death
Corpse – Nature, Forensics and the Struggle to Pinpoint Time of Death, by Jessica Snyder Sachs, explains the various methods – some of which are brand ...more
Jun 2006
Jul 26, 2007
The Road
The Road, by Cormac McCarthy, is a post-apocalyptic story of a man and his son, trudging through America towards a coast. The reader isn’t informed ab ...more
Aug 2007
Aug 10, 2007
Edith's Diary
Edith’s Diary by Patricia Highsmith was a kind of hand-me-down of sorts (the best way to acquire books), from a now-deceased uncle who said that “I wo ...more
Nov 2007
Jul 26, 2007
The Hound of the Baskervilles (Sherlock Holmes, #5)
The Hound of the Baskervilles, by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, is a slender novel-size Sherlock Holmes mystery that involves the usual danger, mystery and ...more
Oct 2007
Sep 20, 2007
Scourge: The Once and Future Threat of Smallpox
Scourge: The Once and Future Threat of Smallpox, by Jonathan Tucker, is an excellent primer on the long, gory history of a disease that’s not well und ...more
Sep 13, 2008
Sep 14, 2008
The Kite Runner
The Kite Runner, by Khaled Hosseini, is just a fantastic book. My husband’s aunt had recommended it to me (thanks, AJ!) awhile ago and since then, num ...more
Feb 10, 2008
Jul 26, 2007
Predator (Kay Scarpetta, #14)
Predator, by Patricia Cornwell, will not disappoint Scarpetta fans: it is chock-full of her regular characters with all their attendant idiosyncrasies ...more
May 03, 2008
Apr 28, 2008
Death's Acre: Inside the Legendary Forensic Lab - The Body Farm - Where the Dead Do Tell Tales
Death’s Acre by Bill Bass and Jon Jefferson is the real-life story of how Dr. Bass started the Anthropological Research Facility at the University of ...more
Jun 2007
Jul 26, 2007
Another in the Islam-in-various-cultures genre is Minaret, by Leila Aboulela , which we also read for B/C. It’s about a well-off Sudanese woman who im ...more
Jun 2006
Jul 27, 2007
The Metamorphosis
Metamorphosis, by Franz Kafka, is a tragic tale of a man, Gregor, who wakes up one morning transformed into human-sized cockroach. Before this, he is ...more
May 05, 2008
Jan 10, 2008
A Thousand Splendid Suns
A Thousand Splendid Suns, by Khaled Hosseini, tells the story of two Afghan women whose lives intersect forcibly through their marriage to the same ab ...more
Oct 2007
Jul 26, 2007
Mistress of the Art of Death (Mistress of the Art of Death, #1)
Mistress of the Art of Death, by Ariana Franklin, is a story of a number of gruesome child murders in 12th century England which are being blamed on t ...more
Aug 26, 2008
Mar 07, 2008
Reconciliation: Islam, Democracy, and the West
The late Benazir Bhutto discusses Islam, its compatibility with democracy, its relationship with the West, and what can be done to bring about peacefu ...more
Apr 09, 2009
Mar 07, 2008
The Force of Reason
Oriana Fallaci is very angry and that comes across loud and clear in her second book of a three book series, The Force of Reason. So loud and clear th ...more
Aug 2006
Jul 26, 2007
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