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Scratching the Surface   book icon  
by Jeff Greenwald (2008)

read: 22 June 2016
rating: [+]
category: non-fiction

Don’t remember where I got this from but one day I was out of things to read and the cover looked interesting. And this book is great! Greenwald travels to a lot of places, in this case primarily Southeast Asia. The stories of him looking for the sort of story behind the story are always interesting as are his little intros to each of these previously published pieces talking about who he wrote it for and why. Nearly every article had me going to Wikipedia to learn more about the topic he was discussing.

The Fabulous Clipjoint   book icon  
by Frederic Brown (1948)

read: 7 June 2016
rating: [+]
category: fiction

A really fun noir-y old time mystery but Brown who is often better known in sci-fi circles. Apparently it’s the first of several and I’m looking forward to getting to read the follow-ups in the “Ed and Am” series of mysteries. A great gritty story.

Step Aside Pops   book icon  
by Kate Beaton (2015)

read: 31 May 2016
rating: [+]
category: graphic novel

I continue to love everything that Beaton has done. This book is possibly even better, a little funnier, fewer experimental things, than her last one. Enjoyable all the way through.

Embroideries   book icon  
by Marjane Satrapi (2006)

read: 31 May 2016
rating: [+]
category: graphic novel

Iranian women talking in an unfiltered way. Satrapi’s memories of the discussions that happened around her where women revealed their most private stories makes for really interesting reading.

One Good Turn: A Natural History of the Screwdriver and the Screw   book icon  
by Witold Rybczynski (2001)

read: 30 May 2016
rating: [+]
category: non-fiction

This was basically a long New Yorker essay but in every good way. Rybczynski did a lot of fun research and he shares it with us including a lot of nice drawings and some great anecdotes about the world of fasteners (no one knows who invented the buttonhole! There is only one Roman nut left in the world!)/ Fun, worth reading, well illustrated.

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