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American Weather by Charles McLeod
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Feb 08, 2012

really liked it
bookshelves: strange
Read in January, 2012

I created a new shelf, "strange," for this book. I give it four stars because it sticks with me and I found it very hard to put down, even though while I was reading it I kept thinking "this is just weird, and his writing is really weird too." I saw another review that mentioned Bret Easton Ellis, and I can understand that - but I couldn't finish anything by Bret Easton Ellis and I couldn't put this down, so go figure.

Jim Haskin is a very rich image-maker, ostensibly promoting all things that make the world greener and people more blissful, while behind the scenes doing precisely the opposite. The book gives us front-row seats over the course of a year or so as he and his teenage son spiral into increasing decompensation while trying harder and harder to control their weird and awful personal lives. Not, perhaps, for the faint of heart, nor for those who like to like their protagonists. But fascinating in its own way.
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