August 31, 2005Book Buzz)
There are tons of books out there chronicling the war in Iraq, but a few especially interesting ones include Kayla Williams' Love My Rifle More Than You: Young and Female in the U.S. Army and John Crawford's The Last True Story I'll Ever Tell: An Accidental Solider's Account of the War in Iraq.
Love My Rifle More Than You gives the perspective of a female soldier who is both loyal to the military and critical of the occupation: "We're here to help you!" she writes. "Oh, and shoot you—if we feel it's necessary."
The Last True Story is the account of a Florida National Guardsman who joined up for the tuition benefits and just before graduation (and a marriage) was shipped off to Iraq.
A few other Iraq memoirs include the upcoming My War: Killing Time in Iraq, I Am My Brother's Keeper: Journal of a Gunny in Iraq and Generation Kill: Devil Dogs, Iceman, Captain America, and the New Face of American War, among others. You can also check out the documentary Gunner Palace (read my review).
August 24, 2005Book Buzz)
You've got to read the blurb to the children's book Help! Mom! There Are Liberals Under My Bed to believe it, and even then you won't believe it:
This full-color illustrated book is a fun way for parents to teach young children the valuable lessons of conservatism. Written in simple text, readers can follow along with Tommy and Lou as they open a lemonade stand to earn money for a swing set. But when liberals start demanding that Tommy and Lou pay half their money in taxes, take down their picture of Jesus, and serve broccoli with every glass of lemonade, the young brothers experience the downside to living in Liberaland.
A Small Victory offers a great review (with pictures!), including a reveal of the last line of the book: "And off they went to start squeezing lemons, like the good little conservatives they were."
I... what the- how do you... wow. I just don't know how to respond to that.
(link via bloggedy blog)
August 16, 2005Industry)
August 4, 2005)
Do used book sales help or hurt the publishing industry? It sounds like they help.
August 2, 2005Book Buzz)
The Internet is rife with speculation about the end of Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince and what we might expect from the seventh and final book in the series. We can hardly discuss it without hitting spoiler city, so head to the extended entry for the full disclosure on J.K. Rowling's mysteries.