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Here Comes the Bookmobile With Hot, New Summer Pages!

What to read, what to read? With serious beach towel time or an empty nightstand, you might just be looking for a new book. Here are some brand spanking new releases that I'm checking out right now.

Goodnight Bush
With lyrical rhymes and Where's Waldo? detail, this parody of the childhood bedtime favorite Goodnight Moon bids farewell to the Bush administration. Here's a little sample:

Goodnight Constitution and goodnight evolution. Goodnight
democracy and goodnight privacy. Goodnight old growth trees, goodnight detainees. Goodnight allies, goodnight Abu Ghraib 'Cheese!'

OK, I might not be ordering that one, but there's more — polygamy! Fascism! Oh, my! For more Citizen-approved books, piquing my interest


Stolen Innocence: My Story of Growing Up in a Polygamous Sect, Becoming a Teenage Bride, and Breaking Free of Warren Jeffs

A memoir by the 21-year-old star witness in polygamist Warren Jeffs' 2007 trial. Elissa Wall tells all about her forced marriage, the impenetrable mindset of the FLDS, and her long-awaited escape.

Liberal Fascism: The Secret History of the American Left, From Mussolini to the Politics of Meaning

Today "fascist" is usually an insult slung at conservatives. National
editor Jonah Goldberg reminds us that history's great fascists were first socialists (liberal is pushing it). Look for controversial connections between fascist themes and American pop culture.

Final Salute: A Story of Unfinished Lives

Imagine having the job of knocking on doors to tell mothers and fathers their child was dead. Pulitzer prize-winning journalist Jim Sheeler did. He spent two years shadowing the marine in charge of casualty notification to give us vignettes of insight.

What's on your reading list this summer?

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piper23 piper23 9 years
One can hope.
stephley stephley 9 years
Well my daughter's curiosity about the world was likely urged along by seeing the Florida recount and 9/11 coverage - maybe yours will grow up in quieter times.
cine_lover cine_lover 9 years
I will read Fountain Head later. I have heard nothing but amazing things about Atlas so I can't wait to start. I have just been too lazy lately.
piper23 piper23 9 years
I have an 18 month old so I don't think she would get it. But I look forward to her choosing her own books at age 12 and forming her own opinions.
lilkimbo lilkimbo 9 years
Goodnight Bush. That's why I'm talking about, at least, and I think that was directed at me, yy.
yesteryear yesteryear 9 years
are we talking about goodnight bush here or something else?
lilkimbo lilkimbo 9 years
Have seen the book, yy?
yesteryear yesteryear 9 years
i dont think they are making fun of torture... i think they are using comedy to point out the fact that we are now committing torture. there's a huge difference between those two things.
lilkimbo lilkimbo 9 years
I think 12 is an ok age, Stephley, but the book is obviously geared toward adults, not children the same age as the children Good Night Moon is geared toward. I saw the Bush book last weekend and didn't really find it funny at all. I know it might be "ok" to make fun of torture now, but I will never find it funny or tasteful.
stephley stephley 9 years
Torture hasn't been a staple in the U.S. for more than eight years. My 12-year old loves Good Night Moon and she knows enough about what's going on in the country to have read the parody and she got it. I think its important to teach a child to respect but question authority, and to be very clear on the limits of powerful people.
lilkimbo lilkimbo 9 years
You will love it, cine! Atlas Shrugged is better than The Fountainhead, in my opinion. I actually read Atlas Shrugged first, as well, and loved it. I read The Fountainhead a little later on and I like it, but not as much.
yesteryear yesteryear 9 years
interesting - most people start with the fountainhead.
cine_lover cine_lover 9 years
I don't know if I am a fan yet. This will be my first book I have read by her. I have a feeling I will love it.
Kimpossible Kimpossible 9 years
Sadly, torture has been around for thousands of years.
piper23 piper23 9 years
My daughter's favorite book is Goodnight Moon. Its a nightime staple in our house. On that note I wish that they had chosen another book to parody. The Clinton Administration were believers in rendition. Maybe the torture wasn't done on our land but it was done none the less. But I'm sure that they didn't come up with the idea. I'd be willing to bet that torture has been around throughout my lifetime.
colleenb colleenb 9 years
I don't think Goodnight Bush is meant for kids, flutterpie. Apparently, there is a line of coke next to GB's bed that slowly disappears with the turn of each page. And the clock is always on 9:11.
syako syako 9 years
well it could look a whole lot more like China depending on the nov. elections. ;) sorry, I couldn't resist.
Kimpossible Kimpossible 9 years
YY I think you'd be hard pressed to find anyone more grateful to be living in this country or more grateful for the freedoms we have. I just have a different idea of what is humorous is all.
yesteryear yesteryear 9 years
and kim, if our society didn't have the ability to laugh at itself and its leaders we'd be living in (gasp) communist china. even if you're not laughing along, chill out and thank god you live in a country where you have the ability to.
Kimpossible Kimpossible 9 years
Stephly we don't know that - it may just not have been reported, it may have been kept secret. Not that that makes it right. also, it still isn't something to joke about and make fun of imo.
yesteryear yesteryear 9 years
cine: i should have figured that you were an ayn rand fan.
cine_lover cine_lover 9 years
I have, Liberal Fascism: The Secret History of the American Left, From Mussolini to the Politics of Meaning, sitting on my night stand just waiting to be read. I can't wait! It is next in line after Atlas Shrugged.
hypnoticmix hypnoticmix 9 years
Good Night Bush! LMAO! Oh geez, it's late. Good night.
Meike Meike 9 years
Haha, that's pretty amusing.
stephley stephley 9 years
Yeah, but some are us are more sad at what reality has become in this society - the America I grew up in didn't torture people so routinely that was standard fare in jokes and summer movies.
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