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guilty pleasure of the moment; [Jul. 9th, 2005|01:04 am]
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arrshley
[mood |discontentdiscontent]
[music |Paulina Rubio - Baila Casanova]

Shakira - La Tortura (Artista Invitado Alejandro Sanz)
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(no subject) [Jul. 9th, 2005|12:16 am]
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arrshley
[mood |blaheh]
[music |Buck-Tick - Illusion]

I'm still not sure how seriously to take Ghost: Investigating the Other Side by Katherine Ramsland but it was a very fun read!

I'd like to check out Piercing the Darkness: Undercover with Vampires in America Today

and Cemetery Stories : Haunted Graveyards, Embalming Secrets, and the Life of a Corpse After Death next.
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(no subject) [Jun. 29th, 2005|11:43 pm]
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electric_water
(Hi everyone--my first post.)

You Shall Know Our Velocity! by Dave Eggers is a great book. Like On the Road, but modern and with a tragic/absurd sense of humor.
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current music (x-posted) [Jun. 22nd, 2005|06:36 am]
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adroanzi
Medina - Rachid Taha

In colloquial Algerian, I do believe.

*waltzes off*
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(no subject) [Jun. 19th, 2005|09:46 am]
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uki_fune
I'm not sure if I recommended this or not, but anyone here who is interested in Asia should check out the works of Jeanne Larson. Most of her novels are set in ancient China and quite quirky - usually one of the Chinese deities is busily meddling with the affairs of the protagonist in order to win a bet, or prove a point, or some such.

For all you Murakami fans, be sure to check out Kafka on the Shore.
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Just 1 for now; [Jun. 16th, 2005|11:45 pm]
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arrshley
[mood |boredbored]

The Infinite Plan by Isabel Allende
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Admittedly my principal motivation was Johnny Depp starring in it but... [May. 2nd, 2005|11:02 pm]
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arrshley
Finding Neverland made me weep. Definitely recommend it. Especially to all you Peter Pan aficianados out there but then that goes without saying, doesn't it?
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I've been hooked for a few weeks now. Here's to spreading the disease! [Apr. 27th, 2005|08:04 pm]
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arrshley
Faux French Rock with Les Sans Culottes
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good things come in threes? [Mar. 2nd, 2005|02:27 pm]
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arrshley
[mood |okayokay]
[music |Electric Six - Dance Commander]

Hokay. So. I work at the library now and I've been taking lots of books home with me but I haven't been too good with remembering to mention them here. Here's an attempt to change that.

Cunt: A Declaration of Independence
by Inga Muscio

(The obvious but for those who actually haven't heard me rave about this one, here it is. Read it. You will not be disappointed. It changed the way I regarded menstruation for the better and got me excited about alternatives to pads and tampons.)

When God Was a Woman
by Merlin Stone

(A classic. I didn't get all the way through this one. I was digging the description of traditional goddess religions across the world and the theorizing about the shift to monotheism. Then it started talking about the invaders and I lost interest. But I would like to pick it up again someday.)

Which Lilith?: Feminist Writers Re-Create the World's First Woman
by Enid Dame, Lilly Rivlin, Henny Wenkart, Naomi Wolf

(FUN! Had to return it to the library. Made me very cross. Would like to own a copy eventually.)
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I want to read more by this author... [Feb. 20th, 2005|05:34 pm]
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arrshley
[mood |naughtynaughty]
[music |Dropkick Murphys - Kiss Me I'm Shitfaced]

Breath, Eyes, Memory

by EDWIDGE DANTICAT

I come from a place where breath, eyes and memory are one, a place from which you carry your past like the hair on your head. Where women return to their children as butterflies or as tears in the eyes of the statues that their daughters pray to." The place is Haiti and the speaker is Sophie, the heroine of Edwidge Danticat's novel, "Breath, Eyes, Memory." Like her protagonist, Danticat is also Haitian; like her, she was raised in Haiti by an aunt until she came to the United States at age 12. Indeed, in her short stories, Danticat has often drawn on her background to fund her fiction, and she continues to do so in her debut novel.

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The blurb is shamelessly ripped from amazon.com since I've already returned the book to the library and can't post an excerpt of my own choosing but you get the idea.
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