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16 June 2010

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Wow, that author photo just screams, "Impress me. I dare you." Book doesn't sound too exciting either (I'm not much of a cooking memoir reader, though).

I forget, have you read "The Poisoner's Handbook: Murder and the Birth of Forensic Medicine in Jazz Age New York" yet? A very fast read, and a very satisfying blending of science, technology, and true crime.

I second The Poisoner's Handbook, which I just started - so far, I love it! I also really liked American Dream: 3 Women, 10 Children, and a Nation's Drive to End Welfare. Otherwise, I've hit a big meh streak too. Oh, wait, I also LOVED Courtroom 302: A Year Behind the Scenes at One of America's Busiest Courtrooms (I may have the subtitle slightly wrong). Fabulous!

Rachael,
Ha! That's a perfect way to describe the author photo. I just thought it was kind of an interesting choice. Actually, I'd almost like to see her cook--she doesn't quite look (to me) like someone who just dives into work.

Thanks for the "Poisoner's Handbook" suggestion--I had it home from the library but didn't get it read before it had to go back. I'll get it again!

Laura,
Ditto on the suggestion. Clearly I just have to get the book back and be more on the ball about reading it!

LOVED Courtroom 302. Have you also tried Edward Humes's "No Matter How Loud I Shout: A Year in the Life of Juvenile court"? Pretty interesting (if sad).

Looks like Ann Coulter in the NYC loft of your dreams.

Oh, Robin,
Way to bring me back from the edge. Thanks for the laugh. (And the shiver, at the thought of Ann Coulter, but mainly the laugh.)

I usually like reading food memoir, but think I'd pass this one... interesting choice of author pic!

I was going to suggest The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks or the Hunger Games, but it looks like you had read them already! I have The Poisoner's Handbook on my TBR list, maybe I should pick that up sometime... so many books, so little time!

Christa,
Yes, I like foodie memoirs too, but I admit I like them with a bit more profanity and humor, a la Anthony Bourdain.

I too am looking forward to "The Poisoner's Handbook"! And, great suggestions with "The Immortal Life..." and "Hunger Games." Both quality books, and I can't wait for the last book in the Hunger Games trilogy this fall!

Just checked out her author photo. Sorry, but it looks like someone should slap her ...

Linda,
Ha! Thanks for the laugh. That's rather what I thought but I weenied out of saying it above. Perfect.

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