New books, March 2012

New books, March 2012

  • Ra McGuire, Here for a Good Time: On the Road with Trooper, Canada’s Legendary Rock Band (2006) – Just as it sounds but more specifically this seems to be the unedited journal of Ra McGuire. Not a reflective look back at a career or even a particular slice of time but a blow-by-blow of every little day Trooper was on tour between 2002 and 2005. He seems like the happiest guy there ever was and hey, why not?  “In this very diverse country, a few things hold us together – hockey, beer, and good old hoser rock ‘n’ roll.”
  • Michael Kimmel, Guyland: The Perilous World where Boys Become Men (2008) – This might just be very bleak but it also looks like a study of Less Than Zero 25 years later which is, I guess, just as bleak. I feel like I skipped this whole phase in a lot of ways – some of my choosing, some by way of my situation – which makes it seem a bit voyeuristic to read about horrible frat boys.
  • David Plouffe, The Audacity to Win: How Obama Won and How We Can Beat the Party of Limbaugh, Beck, and Palin (2009) – Obama’s campaign manager wrote a memoir and I can’t wait to read it.
  • Nathan Hodge and Sharon Weinberger, A Nuclear Family Vacation: Travels in the World of Atomic Weaponry (2008) – A travel guide to all the notably accessible nuclear sites around the world. Unfortunately, nuclear war did not end in 1990.
  • Nick Flynn, The Ticking Is The Bomb (2010) – A second memoir, after I really enjoyed Another Bullshit Night in Suck City, which has apparently been filmed and will be released as a movie this spring. This is a compare-and-contrast, life-during-wartime thing in non-linear fragments.
  • Pat Benatar, Between a Heart and a Rock Place (2010) – What a title; this is Pat Benatar’s memoir. Uh, apparently, “there is that trademark Benatar defiance within the pages” whatever that means.
  • Olga Grushin, The Line (2010) – A random new Russian novel that was on sale.
  • Barbara Ehrenreich, The Worst Years of our Lives: Irreverent Notes from a Decade of Greed (1990) – This is just great, a collection of her essays from the 1980s. I read this while in Vancouver last month, just after I bought it at PulpFiction after looking at it on the shelf over and over.
  • Thomas Frank, What’s the Matter with Kansas?: How Conservatives Won the Heart of America (2004) – It took me years to buy a copy of this, after reading the excerpt in Harpers in 2004 or so, and borrowing a copy from a friend in 2007, I think.
  • Dan Balz and Haynes Johnson, The Battle For America: The Story of an Extraordinary Election (2009) – My third narrative of the 2008 election; hoping to have the whole thing down to memory soon.
  • John Atkin, Vancouver Walks: Discovering City Heritage (2009) – Little walks around the town I no longer live in.
  • Lawrence Martin, Harperland (2011) – I am inclined to wait until he is out of office to read this.
  • Thomas Pynchon, Inherent Vice (2009) – It was pretty and it was on the discount pile.
  • Peter C. Van Wyck, The Highway of the Atom (2009) – Canadian uranium was mined for bombs in the 1940s. This is a history of that work, drawn from “interviews, indigenous stories, archives, and physical remains – while questioning whether it is possible to grasp the past by sifting through what remains.”

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