Your summer reading list

July 11, 2008
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At the top of my reading pile right now is Doug Crandell's new novel "Hairdos of the Mildly Depressed." Crandell has Indiana roots, a big heart, and lots of talent and I'm looking forward to gliding into this one.

It will have to wait, though, until I finish William Esper and Damon diMarco's "The Actor's Art and Craft". One of the best books I've found on acting technique, it's also remarkably smooth reading.
And I'm looking to get my hands on a copy of Joey Goebel's "Commonwealth" . I loved the last book, "Torture the Artist," by this yet-to-be-discovered novelist/musicians, and have high hopes for this one.

So what's on your summer reading list? Anything you can recommend to our blog readers--and me?

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  • I am reading The Woman in White by Wilkie Collins and highly recommed it as a classic read. Wilkie Collins was a friend of Charles Dickens back in the 1800s and must have been a bit overshadowed by Dicken's works because this classic had not hit my radar until someone recommended it to my book club. This book has wonderfully, developed characters, mystery, romance, everything you want in a great novel, and is written beautfully to top it off. Don't miss it!

    Other great novels that take your mind away to their time and place: Memoirs of a Geisha and The Girl in the Pearl Earring.
  • An unexpected treat to read this summer was The Chris Farley Show: A Biography in Three Acts. I bought it for my husband's birthday, gave it to him and promptly took it from him to read it before he could!

    This was an unexpectedly powerful book about a man so many of us thought we knew -- the funny, fat guy. But the book really showed his frailty as a man struggling with demons, the greatest of which was not alcohol, drugs or food, but was the unwavering desire to be loved. After I finished the book I found myself randomly thinking of the tragedy of his life and death. Not just a tragedy that such a talent was extinguished at so early an age, but a tragedy that he never found that for which he was searching. It's written in an interview format, with several of Farley's family members, friends and co-workers recalling the good and bad days with Farley. The interview format makes it a quick read.
  • That's a bit unnerving, Jackie. I took a bunch of books to Half Price books today and I used some of the money to pick up The Woman in White. I picked it up because I had heard good things about it and I liked Collin's other book The Moonstone. Can't wait to get into it.

    I'm using this summer to start a bunch of mystery series that I have heard so much about, like Archer Mayor and Donna Leon. I'm reading the first Lee Child right now, Killing Floor. I also plan on finished up Laura Lippman's main series along with Colin Cotterill's.

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  2. Daniel - what about the many US citizens who do NOT follow what the Bible teaches? The Hindus, Jews, Muslims and others who are all American citizens entitled to all rights as Americans?? This issue has NOTHING to do with "What the Bible says..." Keep all Churches separate from State! Pence's ongoing idiocy continues to make Indiana look like a backwards, homophobic state in the eyes of our nation. Can't we move on to bigger issues - like educating our kids?

  3. 1. IBJ should link to the referenced report. We are in the age of electronic media...not sharing information is lazy. Here is a link 2. The article should provide more clarity about the make-up of this panel. The commenters are making this item out to be partisan, it does not appear the panel is partisan. Here is a list of the panel which appears to be balanced with different SME to add different perspectives 3. It suggests a by-pass, I do not see where this report suggests another "loop". 4. Henry, based on your kneejerk reaction, we would be better off if you moved to another state unless your post was meant as sarcasm in which case I say Well Done. 5. The article and report actually indicates need to improve rail and port infrastructure in direct contradiction to Shayla commentary. Specifically, recommendation is to consider passenger rail projects... 6. People have a voice with their elected officials. These are suggestions and do not represent "crony capitalism", etc. The report needs to be analyzed and the legislature can decide on priorities and spending. Don't like it, then vote in a new legislature but quit artificially creating issues where there are none! People need to sift through the politics and provide constructive criticism to the process rather than making uninformed comments in a public forum based on misinformation. IBJ should work harder to correct the record in these forums when blatant errors or misrepresentations are made.

  4. Joe ... Marriage is defined in the Bible ... it is mentioned in the Bible often. Marriage is not mentioned once in the US or Indiana Constitution ...

  5. Daniel - Educate me please: what does the Bible have to do with laws? If the government wasn't in the business of marriage to begin with, then it wouldn't have to "define" marriage at all. Marriage could be left as a personal, religious, or otherwise unregulated action, with no ties to taxes, legal status, etc. Then people could marry whomever they want, and all this silliness would go away. Remember to vote Libertarian in November.