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Started Early, Took My Dog -Kate Atkinson
This is the latest Atkinson featuring the awesome Jackson Brodie, and a host of other mysterious characters. She is a master of multiple plotlines that magically converge in the end--in this instance, I found that there were maybe a couple too many characters for me to try and keep track of. Could be a fault of my attention span/memory, and not the of the author. Still well worth a read, but not my very favourite Atkinson.

Packing For Mars:The Curious Science of Life in the Void -Mary Roach
I love Mary Roach! She brings her immensely readable science writing to the subject of astronauts (after previous books on sex, ghosts, and dead bodies). It's hilarious and informative--I had never given any thought to how astronauts go to the bathroom, but now I know a *lot* about it. More than really I ever wanted to.

Talking to Girls About Duran Duran:One Young Man's Quest for True Love and a Cooler Haircut -Rob Sheffield
Sheffield tells great stories about his life in the 80s. Very fun and enjoyable, although I think I would have liked that much more if I were about 5 years older than I am. Some of the details about the early 80s would have been more relatable had I been 12, like the author, and not 5, when the decade started.

The Help -Kathryn Stockett
I put off reading this for a long time, having the vague notion that it would be kind of Oprah-y or something. After a couple of recommendations from friends, I finally picked it up, and I'm so glad I did! So great. I was totally immersed in the lives of these Southern maids in the 60s, and the white woman who decides to try and help them tell their stories. It made me cry, and made me really damn mad--this book only takes place 50-odd years ago! That's scarily recent.

The Fry Chronicles -Stephen Fry
A new Stephen Fry memoir! Super exciting. It was delightful, as expected. I has quite a different tone than "Moab Is My Washpot", his last memoir detailing his childhood and high school years. This volume takes us through his 20s, when he was at Cambridge, and met Hugh Laurie, Emma Thompson, and other future collaborators. I want him to be my friend--he is so smart and funny and awesome. Sigh. Is it wrong for me to have a bit of a crush on a 53-year old gay man?
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