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Books to read:

> "Big Lies" by Joe Conason. I've had this for awhile, but haven't gotten around to reading it. Need to make the time.

> "The Works of Jules Verne." I only just discovered my wife had bought this at discount recently, and set it aside. It's five novels and assorted short stories at 820 pages, so that should kill some time.

> Re-read some Robert A. Heinlein, because it's what I do. I found the hardback of "Have Space Suit, Will Travel," and haven't read the paperback for years, so I'll probably take a stab at it.

I'm sure there are others in my library I'd like to relax with, but I'll be lucky to get to these. While searching for books, I came across a bottle of Corsendonk Christmas Ale from two years ago. I just popped it into the fridge, so once it chills I'll see if it held up. Num!

Jim in Oregon

What I've got in the hopper:

"Kings of Infinite Space" by James Hynes. Dilbert meets Edward Allan Poe. Anyone that spends their working day in a cube farm will no doubt enjoy this one. I'm about halfway through it and it's very, very, literate and dead on. The guy's a talented writer, and a great storyteller--I picked up copies of "The Lecturer's Tale" and "Publish and Perish" at Powell's a couple of weeks ago, so I guess I can add these to the list as well...

"House of Bush, House of Saud" by Craig Unger. Been thinking about picking up a copy of this one for some time now. Seeing the author interviewed in "Fahrenheit 911" sealed the deal.

"Skinny Dip" by Carl Hiaasen. Comes out next Tuesday. This is a guilty pleasure, but I always learn something about Florida or the environment or both whenever I read one of his novels. Carl Hiaasen is columnist for the Miami Herald, and a damn fine investigative journalist. His crime novels almost defy classification--he's pretty much created his own genre.

"Hollywood Animal" by Joe Eszterhas. Another guilty pleasure. I know, I know. He wrote the scripts for sexist classics like "Basic Instinct" and "Showgirls." But. This is his memoir and his stories about growing up in post WWII Hungarian refugee camps are incredibly compelling. The man can write...

"Theodore Rex" by Edmund Morris. Because we need a president like TR right about now. I was hoping Howard Dean might fill the bill, but...Anyway, I'm about a third of the way through it and am enjoying it thoroughly.

Jim in Oregon

Edward Allan Poe? Sheesh.

Let's try Edgar Allen Poe. Sorry...I was a lit major and should know better.

Judy in Caldwell

Spoiling for a Fight: Third Party Politics in America by Micah Sifry. Much of this is about Nader's 2000 campaign, but there is an important section about the three changes in law a state needs to make third parties possible. I'd like to see someone do a My Turn for Newsweek on this...I mean there are all sorts of Repugs mad at Bush who wouldn't vote for a Dem. We should be seeing a third party for some conservatives who aren't corporate hacks.

Feed by T. Anderson. A young adult book but an interesting look at a future society where an implanted chip handles both school and ads. It should be the new 1984 (I think The Giver is Lowry is the new Brave New World.)

Bushwhacked (or anything) by Molly Ivins. The first chapter repeats a lot of stuff from Shrub, but she goes national after that.

One on my shelf I haven't gotten to is The End of Politics: Corporate Power and the Decline of the Public Sphere by Carl Boggs.

One I got so depressed that I couldn't read: The Best Democracy Money Can Buy by Greg Palast. (I can't remember the title of the book about journalists who were screwed for writing about corporate malfeasance.) More of an upper that I've half read and then had to return: Frankel's Lying Liars.

I have summers off and have been trying to figure out what I will do when I get tired of reading---haven't even gotten close yet.

Joan in Seattle

When Jim's finished with House of Bush, House of Saud maybe he'll let me borrow it (if I can get to it before Mom and Dad). I've also got the new Clark bio on my shelf (thanks for the heads up on that one, Julie). I've read a bit of it, but it's kind of depressing--bursting some bubbles about Clark. I've also cracked the latest Le Carre, and need to get back to it. I've also got Kevin Phillips' American Dynasty: Aristocracy, Fortune, and the Politics of Deceit in the House of Bush in the wings. And of course the L&C journals on a daily basis to keep up with my blog!

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