Well, I finally got another book that was actually on my list done for 2008. Thunderstruck, by Erik Larson, was 392 pages of world changing events and a true murder mystery to boot. The reason I like Larson, who wrote one of my top 10 books of all time, Devil in the White City, is because he creatively intertwines world history, geography, romance, and mystery into a compact, amazing story. His disclaimer at the beginning state that he takes everything from hard documents, which is why it takes him years to write one book. His research is endless, and everything in-between and outsides of quotations (" ") is fact!
On my rating scale of 1-5, five being the best book ever, and one being, don't even skim the jacket, I give this a solid 4! However, if I had to pick between the two, I would read Devil in the White City (it's just THAT good!)
What's up next? Another book off the list, Teenage Wasteland by sociologist Donna Gaines. Music fans, you may have read her sweet book about CBGB's and the Ramones (see shrine here) early days in A Misfit's Manifesto.
Three poetry books I'm going to finish by the weekend are:
Given Sugar, Given Salt by Jane Hirschfield
Why I Wake Early by Mary Oliver
Babylon in a Jar by Andrew Hudgins I will not be blogging on these three.