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Tuesday, June 26, 2007

New Books

Some recent packages have beefed up my ‘to read’ list. I got the new book by the author of The Kite Runner (one of my favorites), titled A Thousand Splendid Suns. I also got a book I’m excited to read called Good Muslim, Bad Muslim that delves into the rise of muslim extremists, from, I think, their point of view. The most interesting book that someone has sent me was written by the sender himself, titled Red Meat Cures Cancer, it’s a satire about America.

I’m so glad I got these because I had run out of books and attempted to better myself by reading a classic, The Sound and The Fury, which to me was classically awful. NOT my style. I left it at an Iraqi house thinking maybe they would appreciate it more.


  1. Did you read the book I gave you before you left? A Fine Balance?

  2. Oh, and I bought A Thousand Splendid Suns but I haven't read it yet, let me know how it goes.

  3. You left Faulkner with Iraqis? Don't go back there again.


  4. What kind of books would you like?

  5. Jake-
    Have you read "Blink"? I want to send it to you if you haven't.

  6. good muslim bad muslim is not really from "their" point of view -- it is from the POV of a leftist (of Muslim background), grew up in Uganda I think, now teaches anthropology in NY.
    enjoy. but from your other posts, i am surprised you get to read anything. be safe.