I got a greak book recently called This is How...by Augusten Burroughs.
He wrote a book about his life called Running With Scissors.
This is How...is not your typical "self help" book. He writes with humor and to the point. He has chapters on everything, including the one "How To Commit Suicide" where he also talks about his own attempt at 14.
Very interesting reading.
Also, and I can't recommend this book enough...The Sociopath Next Door. This book should be required reading in highschool. Seriously.
I just finished Great Basin Kingdom; An Economic History of the Latter-Day Saints 1830-1900 by Leonard J. Arrington. Now I'm into a much lighter, enjoyable book Whisky Dream; Waking a Giant by Stuart Rivans about the Bruichladdich whisky distillery.
I just read Past Perfect by Le!la $al3$, a younger YA contemporary about a program similar to Colonial Williamsburg. It was very cute and had a funny, strong voice; a teenage girl who was trying to get over her most recent boyfriend and totally (kind of) failing at it.
Just finished A Thousand Acres by Jane Smiley this afternoon. Terrific book, though it was certainly not without it's lulls. I heard there's a movie, but I can't imagine it's very good, not a lot goes on for it to translate into film.
Next up: Everything Is Illuminated by Jonathan Safran Foer. I've heard loads of good things, so it's about time I got down to reading it.
The Picture of Dorian Gray.....Wilde was a genius with words. Took an unfortunate 2-week break, and only 1/4 through, so I can't remember his name, but the guy who essentially "pushes" Dorian says some of the most absurdly pithy grain-of-truth things I've ever seen....
Okay, I just finished rereading a Midsummer Night's Dream for class this morning.
I'm about halfway through The God Delusion.
I'm halfway through The Two Towers.
And since I've forgotten LOTR at home and I'm stranded at college, I'm about to start A Clash of Kings
*catches breath* whew.
Fiction:Exogene by T.C. McCarthy Non-Fiction:Bird by Bird by Anne Lamott, Page after Page by Heather Sellers, Creating Short Fiction by Damon Knight and The Writer's Mentor: A Guide to Putting Passion on Paper by Cathleen Rountree