Monday, February 07, 2005

Stuff You Might Like (Books)

I finished a few books in the last two weeks that I thought were excellent and I wanted to share them with you.

he's just not that into you (written by Greg Behrendt and Liz Tuccillo).
Written by two ex-Sex in the City writers, this book discusses how men REALLY feel about relationships and women. The basic premise is that if a man acts like he doesn't care, he doesn't. There's not some complicated dynamic at work--he's just not that into you. I picked this up one night at Border's because it looked funny, and it is. Wickedly funny. And it's also the most accurate description of men's behavior in a relationship that I've ever seen. It's what we are, ladies. And it's not pretty.

With the Old Breed:At Peleliu and Okinawa (written by E.B. Sledge)
Thanks to DQ reader Aaron Liebling for recommending this book, which is regarded as one of the best war memoirs ever written. E.B. Sledge, a Marine, fought in two of the most nightmarish battles of WWII, possibly ever--Peleliu and Okinawa. The language is very plain and straightforward, and Sledge writes without the ego and bravado that defines so many memoirs.

It is painful and unflinching and very difficult to read at times. It's also riveting and almost impossible to put down.

Kafka on the Shore (Haruki Murakami)
Murakami is one of my favorite writers, and this book is another journey into a strange and fantastic world of his own creation. If you liked Hard-Boiled Wonderland at the End of the World or The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle, then skip out of work early and go pick this up. And if you've never read Murakami, he's one of the world's greatest living novelists as well as one of the most creative authors I've ever read.

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