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Summer Reading: Last Call For Beach-Worthy Reads

August. Any way you slice it, it's hot and hotter — even the name sounds oppressive. This month, beat the heat with true tales of corruption, hypocrisy, scandal, and white-on-white racism. A couple of these books and your reading will be as hot as sand on the barefoot walk back to the car. Check out the latest books on my radar:

The Dark Side: The Inside Story of How the War on Terror Turned Into a War on American Ideals
The New York Times featured The Dark Side on the cover of the Sunday Book Review this week, calling it "brilliantly researched and deeply unsettling." Author Jane Mayer, New Yorker staff writer, examines how a cabal — lead by Cheney, not Bush — within the administration set out to restore the unprecedented power of the presidential office. Power which they believed had been unjustly eroded since Nixon left office.

The Obama Nation: Leftist Politics and the Cult of Personality
Is anti-Obama rhetoric more your thing? Obama Nation is a heavily footnoted, detailed argument against the senator's bid for presidency. Before you cozy up, let's meet the source. Media Matters notes its author, Jerome Corsi, is the coauthor of Unfit for Command — a scurrilous book that falsely attacked John Kerry's military service in 2004. What an odd genre to specialize in?

Wait there's more! I promised white-on-white racism and true-life sexy times! To see them,


Stuff White People Like: A Definitive Guide to the Unique Taste of Millions
More than 50 percent of you told Buzz you wouldn't read a blog-based book, but I'm just here to tell you that you can. The blog that spurred anger and spawned copykatz but mostly made us laugh is now bound and glued. Buy it because if there's one thing white people don't like, it's the unread.

You Don't Know Me: A Citizen's Guide to Republican Family Values
It may be bathroom reading, but it exposes the hypocrisy of more than 100 Republican officials, officeholders, and lovers of bible quotes. You Don't Know Me not only dishes out more dirty facts about well-known sex scandals, but it also uncovers a myriad of conservative wantonness that, until now, has gone unchecked. Check out an excerpt on Radar.

True-Song True-Song 9 years
Anything by Jane Green is good for the beach or poolside!
Jillness Jillness 9 years
I love Fareed Zakaria! But I agree, something about the summer makes me want to read fluff.
lukal lukal 9 years
And one more beach read - "The Richest Season" by Maryann McFadden. It's set on Pawley's Island, SC.
lukal lukal 9 years
Another great beach read - "A Summer Affair" by Elin Hilderbrand - teriffic read!
lukal lukal 9 years
Read "The Beach House" by Jane Green - a really good beach read!
True-Song True-Song 9 years
But it should really be...stuff yuppies like, or something.
stephley stephley 9 years
See, the internet knows you in your most secret places.
True-Song True-Song 9 years
>"They love nothing better than sipping free-trade gourmet coffee, leafing through the Sunday New York Times, and listening to David Sedaris on NPR (ideally all at the same time). Apple products, indie music, food co-ops, and vintage T-shirts make them weak in the knees. Eerily accurate, describes me to a T.
philleif philleif 9 years
Heh. Copykatz.
bellaressa bellaressa 9 years
stephley stephley 9 years
bellaressa bellaressa 9 years
Thanks Steph. Just wondering what that makes me if I like some of those things.
stephley stephley 9 years
From Amazon: Product Description "They love nothing better than sipping free-trade gourmet coffee, leafing through the Sunday New York Times, and listening to David Sedaris on NPR (ideally all at the same time). Apple products, indie music, food co-ops, and vintage T-shirts make them weak in the knees. They believe they’re unique, yet somehow they’re all exactly the same, talking about how they “get” Sarah Silverman’s “subversive” comedy and Wes Anderson’s “droll” films. They’re also down with diversity and up on all the best microbrews, breakfast spots, foreign cinema, and authentic sushi. They’re organic, ironic, and do not own TVs. You know who they are: They’re white people. And they’re here, and you’re gonna have to deal. Fortunately, here’s a book that investigates, explains, and offers advice for finding social success with the Caucasian persuasion. So kick back on your IKEA couch and lose yourself in the ultimate guide to the unbearable whiteness of being."
bellaressa bellaressa 9 years
Just a question: Stuff White People --what is that about?
zeze zeze 9 years
Summer is for novels! Everything else I do has to do with law and politics so I'm over it when I read something I am not required to read...although some stuff is pretty good and suckers you in just the same.
stiletta stiletta 9 years
Even t.v. lately is depressing. Maybe I just need a refill of Zanex. Although the gas in my area is coming down a bit. :)
stephley stephley 9 years
You don't sound silly Stiletta, I think you're right. I usually alternate lighter stuff with politics or at least make sure I watch some stupid t.v. or movie.
True-Song True-Song 9 years
Stuff White People Like is hilarious.
stiletta stiletta 9 years
I know I sound silly, but I find reading about politics so hard. Especially in the summer. I know that makes me sound superficial, but I just find it so depressing most of the time.
LaurenG22 LaurenG22 9 years
I just read Chasing Harry Winston... kinda a disapointment, I wanted it to be like the Devil Wears Prada (by the same author).
stephley stephley 9 years
I'm reading Fareed Zakaria's "The Post-American World" (he's pretty cool) right now, but will put "You Don't Know Me" and "The Dark Side" on hold at the library. I'd probably sit in the bookstore and flip through Stuff White People Like!
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