Tuesday, May 19, 2015

2015 Books Part IV

The Gospel According to The Fix: An Insider's Guide to a Less Than Holy World of Politics by Chris Cillizza - I rarely read about politics these days because so much is dreadfully slanted (both ways), but this is a pretty good book that doesn't choose sides. It's about politics itself rather than ideology. Although it was published three years ago, the material has a longer shelf life than most books about politics (the opposite of what one might expect from a political blogger). 4 stars

How to Get Divorced by 30: My Misguided Attempt at a Starter Marriage by Sascha Rothchild - This quick and funny read has a clever format: 30 chapters as "steps" such as "Date a Jerk in Your Early Twenties", "Resent Each Other", and "Marry an Actor". I bought this during Borders' pre-bankruptcy glory days, when each store had a slightly different collection of recent $2.99-$3.99 remainders and sometimes they would be on sale for only $1 (as on the receipt tucked into this book). 4 stars

Among the Truthers: A Journey Through America's Growing Conspiracist Underground by Jonathan Kay - The title is misleading. It's about conspiracy theories in America more generally and mentions a lot of groups. I expected to read more about the Truthers as people, but Kay includes just a few character sketches. Much as Anti-Semites blame the Jews for all the world's problems, Kay blames Anti-Semites for all conspiracies, which I find rather dubious. From the clever cover design I expected this book to be more entertaining, but it took me a long time to plow through it. 3 stars

Where Is the Mango Princess? A Journey Back from Brain Injury by Cathy Crimmins - This heart-wrenching memoir is by a woman whose husband was run over by a boat in Canada and recounts his recovery. Although he was rather successful in becoming functional again, he was not the same person he was before the accident. Everyone thinks of brain injury affecting memory, but personality can change as well. Crimmins had a tragic life, medically. She wrote another book a few years later about her daughter's medical problems, and then she died at 54 due to surgery complications. 4 stars


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