The One Book That . . .
1. One Book That Changed Your Life: All right, I'm not trying to get all controversial on your asses, but this book was unforgettable. And I believe it was instrumental in making me so passionate about women's issues. It is gripping and gruesome and horrifying. Or, as the review from Library Journal reads, "Moving, but not for the squeamish."
2. One Book That You've Read More Than Once: Although I've never even been to Alabama, almost every summer I reread Fried Green Tomatoes at the Whistle Stop Cafe by Fannie Flagg. It makes me want to learn how to make fried chicken and biscuits, and sit out on a big wrap-around front porch and shell peas. And that is SO not me!
3. One Book You'd Want on a Desert Island: Tough one. Probably something I've never been able to bring myself to read, but feel guilty about not having read. Something like Anna Karenina or War and Peace. I just hear the name Tolstoy and I get sleepy. But on a desert island? With nothing else to read? I'd tear through it, I just know it!
4. One Book That Made You Laugh: I had to buy this book, because it always makes me laugh so hard I cry, although it's not a "story" - and I read once that the author actually "copied" someone else's book, so I shouldn't even own it. But I do. I freakin' love Letters from a Nut. My favorite line: "I ate a Starburst and some Skittles at the same time, and I was startled!" I know - I'm so juvenile.
5. One Book That Made You Cry: While many, many things can make me cry very easily, books, for some reason, do not. The only book that made me cry was Dog Year: Twelve Months, Four Dogs and Me by Jon Katz. It might have had something to do with the fact that I'd just put our family's dog to sleep months earlier. Maybe. I'm a sucker for animal stories, obviously.
6. One Book That You Wish Had Been Written: Something called, "Just because you're in your mid-twenties and all your friends are getting married, that doesn't mean you have to!" Or something kind of vague and non-specific like that.
7. One Book That You Wish Had Never Been Written: Anything by Dr. Laura. She's a bully, she's a hypocrite and she's so self-congratulatory. It's nauseating, really.
8. The Book That You Are Currently Reading: I just finished it last night, and it's one of the few (non-fiction) books that I really wish I had written myself. It's a quick little read, and the whole time I was reading it (over the past 2 days - I told you it was a quick read), I kept thinking, "That's exactly right!" and "That's what I think," and "Gosh, that's exactly what I was thinking - only I couldn't articulate it." If you're the least bit alarmed by the insane focus on appearances in this country, the obsession with plastic surgery and the whole "porn star" fascination, you must read Female chauvinist Pigs: Women and the Rise of Raunch Culture by Ariel Levy.
9. One Book That You've Been Meaning to Read: The list is long. Where do I begin? Freakonomics? The World is Flat? And of course, some old feminist classics I've never finished, like The Feminine Mystique and The Second Sex. Does that mean I have to turn in my feminist card?
10. Five People To Tag. Similar to Happy Chyck, I'm just not big into tagging people - I don't want anyone to feel pressured into anything. So, if this type of meme floats your boat, go for it!
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