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The Sunday Salon: Library Loot!

It’s been a very good week of reading for me.  I finished High Fidelity and Lipstick Jihad, both books that I enjoyed very much, although for very different reasons.  Lipstick Jihad reignited by interest in learning more about the Iranian Revolution, and I finally decided to do something about it.  I ventured to our enormous campus libraries to find a book about the history of Iran and ended up getting Eternal Iran: Continuity and Chaos by Patrick Clawson and Michael Rubin.  It’s pretty short — only 150 pages — and one of the more current books I saw, so I think it’ll serve it’s purpose.

While navigating the thousands of shelves, I also picked up the next two books for Citizen Reader’s Book Menage: Dangerous Laughter by Steven Millhauser and The Braindead Megaphone by George Saunders.  I’ve never participated in a menage before, but the basic idea is that those participating read two related books, then Citizen Reader hosts a discussion about the books.

I was inspired to try this one because of a potential real-life meet up for bloggers that live in or around Madison (where I live)!  That sounds awesome, so now I just need to make time to read the books.  I figured out that if I read one chapter or essay per day, I can finish both books in 29 days, which is just a few days before March 23 when the discussion starts.  Cool, right?

Anyway, that’s all for today.  Happy Sunday (for a little bit longer anyway)!

P.S. My sister and I just booked plane tickets for our Spring Break trip to San Francisco, I’m so excited!

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  • bermudaonion February 23, 2009, 7:18 am

    A trip to San Francisco sounds wonderful. Make sure to take your camera.

  • Inkpot February 23, 2009, 8:33 am

    Hi Kim. I haven’t heard of a book menage before, but it sounds cool. I love the name of Lipstick Jihad. It sounds an interesting book. Have a nice trip of San Fran. 🙂

  • Sarah February 23, 2009, 10:54 am

    Make sure your bring plenty of sweatshirts to San Francisco! We went there in the summer and thought it would be warm! Haha!

  • Kim February 23, 2009, 12:57 pm

    bermudaonion: Definitely. My sister is an architecture major, so we’re planning to visit some cool buildings and stuff around the city — great pictures!

    Inkpot: I haven’t done the book menage either, but it sounds like fun. Lipstick Jihad is good, I’m struggling to review it though because I don’t quite know what to say.

    Sarah: Thanks for the tip! I’m a freeze baby, so sweatshirts will be a must.

  • theexile February 23, 2009, 1:13 pm

    If you haven’t read Among the Believers by V.S. Naipaul you should to get excellent insight into the Iranian Revolution. Naipaul was traveling through Iran in 1979 during the revolution.

  • Dawn February 23, 2009, 2:42 pm

    We went to SF for the 1st anniversary of my 39th bday 🙂 I highly recommend something touristy but fun – rent bikes and bike across the Golden Gate bridge then up to Tiburon for lunch. You can take the ferry back so you don’t have to bike both ways.

  • alirambles February 24, 2009, 1:19 am

    Book Menage sounds great–I hope you get to do the meet-up! I’m glad you enjoyed High Fidelity. I liked it (and other Nick Hornby) more than I expected to.

  • Kim February 24, 2009, 8:38 am

    theexile: Great, thank you for the recommendation. I’ve always wanted to learn more about Iran, but tend to get overwhelmed at the number of choices.

    Dawn: Ooo, that sounds great! My sister and I have started making some tentative plans, Fisherman’s Wharf and that sort of thing, but biking sounds like fun if I can convince her to do it 🙂

    alirambles: I liked High Fidelity more than I expected too — it’s funny how much I related to a thirtysomething, single, British record store ownder.

  • Care February 24, 2009, 8:40 am

    Oh good! I’m glad you will be participating in the BookMenage! (I’m still thinking about it… I’m feeling too stressed about what I want to read and no being motivated to read anything.)