Monday, September 24, 2012

Overdressed: The Shockingly High Cost of Cheap Fashion, Elizabeth Cline

Fantastic non-fiction examining the decline in quality of clothing, and the ethical and environmental damages wrought by disposable fashion. Really incisive, and although she was preaching to the choir here, I am newly resolved to stay away from poorly made garments, and will try even harder to buy American/Canadian/English or vintage clothing.

The Dog Stars, Peter Heller

Hauntingly beautiful post-apocalyptic adult fiction. Hig is a pilot who survived the flu that killed off most of the population, and he and his neighbor and his beloved dog Jasper have been fighting for survival for some time. When Hig falls apart, he sets out to find more people, and finds redemption and faith in humanity.

Hide and Seek, Sara Shepard

Another absurdly enjoyable book in Shepard's increasingly absurd series. The Lying Game is no Pretty Little Liars, but it's still a delicious guilty pleasure.

Monday, September 17, 2012

Lionel Asbo, by Martin Amis

Dark and bitter Amis, again mocking the "feral underclass" of England. Shooting fish in a barrell. Wish he'd attack his own milieu for once. Remincent of Money and London Fields, but perhaps uglier.

Anastasia's Chosen Career, by Lois Lowry

Adorable Anastasia book! Somehow I don't remember this one from my major love of Anastasia Krupnik, so had to give it a read. I love how Anastasia is so happy for Henry, and it was just lovely to revisit an old friend.

A Wanted Man, Lee Child

Another fantastic entry into the Jack Reacher thriller series. Everything blows up, Reacher kicks ass, incredibly satisfying.

Gone Girl, by Gillian Flynn

Excellent dark psychological thriller. Worst. Marriage. Ever.
Flynn's elegant style and endless twists make her one of the most interesting thriller writers around, and this (for me) tied with Dark Places as her best.

Some Like It Hawk, by Donna Andrews

Another funny and sweet entry into the Meg Langslow Caerphilly series.

Handmade Chic, by Laura Bennett

Disappointing book from Project Runway star Laura Bennett. Too many of the projects were simply adaptations of each other, and as leather and fur are notoriously hard to sew, I don't think these would be possible on a home machine.

And When She Was Good, by Laura Lippman

Decent mystery about a suburban madam. Good but not striking.