WWW & Wednesday Hodgepodge

Jun 062012

WWW WEDNESDAYS… is a weekly meme where you share (1)What you’re currently reading, (2)What you recently finished reading, and (3)What you think you’ll read next.

What I’m Reading Now:
We Learn Nothing by Tim Kreider
In We Learn Nothing, satirical cartoonist Tim Kreider turns his funny, brutally honest eye to the dark truths of the human condition, asking big questions about human-sized problems: What if you survive a brush with death and it doesn’t change you? Why do we fall in love with people we don’t even like? What do you do when a friend becomes obsessed with a political movement and won’t let you ignore it? How do you react when someone you’ve known for years unexpectedly changes genders?
Irreverent yet earnest, he shares deeply personal experiences and readily confesses his vices— betraying his addiction to lovesickness, for example, and the gray area that he sees between the bold romantic gesture and the illegal act of stalking.

In these pages, we witness Kreider’s tight-knit crew struggle to deal with a pathologically lying friend who won’t ask for help. We watch him navigate a fraught relationship with a lonely uncle in jail who—as he degenerates into madness— continues to plead for the support of his conflicted nephew. And we cringe as he gets outed as a “moby” at a Tea Party rally. In moments like these, we can’t help but ask ourselves: How far would we go for our own family members, and when is someone simply too far gone to save? Are there truly “bad people,” and if so, should we change them? With a perfect combination of humor and pathos, these essays, peppered with Kreider’s signature cartoons, leave us with newfound wisdom and a unique prism through which to examine our own chaotic journeys through life.

Uncompromisingly candid, sometimes mercilessly so, these comically illustrated essays are rigorous exercises in self-awareness and self-reflection. These are the conversations you have only with best friends or total strangers, late at night over drinks, near closing time.

What I Just Finished Reading:
The Other Side Of Suffering by John Ramsey
The untold story of how John Ramsey survived unspeakable tragedy and learned to hope again.

Like the biblical Job, John Ramsey had it all-wealthy, social position, a loving family. And like Job, Ramsey was destined for great affliction, as many of the most precious things in his life were cruelly taken from him.

First came the death of his eldest daughter in a car accident in 1992. Then, four years later, his beloved six-year-old, JonBenét, was murdered; Ramsey was the one who discovered her body, concealed in the basement of his family’s home. The case drew international media attention, and-compounding Ramsey’s woe-suspicion unfairly focused on Ramsey and his wife, Patsy. Although they were ultimately cleared of any connection with the crime, Ramsey’s sorrows did not end. In 2006, Patsy died, at 49, of ovarian cancer.

In this remarkable book, Ramsey reveals how he was sustained by faith during the long period of spiritual darkness, and he offers hope and encouragement to others who suffer tragedy and injustice.

What I’m Reading Next:
The Dark Before Dawn by Laurie Stevens
High in the Santa Monica Mountains near Los Angeles, grisly murders are taking place. On each of the victim’s bodies a note is left for L.A. Sheriff’s detective, Gabriel McRay. The killer’s identity is locked in the suppressed memory of a horrifying trauma from Gabriel’s own childhood. Teamed with his forensic pathologist girlfriend and his pyschiatrist, Gabriel runs two parallel investigations. The first: a dark journey into the terrifying recollections of his past and the second, the hunt for a serial killer who seems to know more about Gabriel… than he knows himself.


WEDNESDAY HODGEPODGE … is a weekly meme where everyone answers the same question and then visits the other players to see how they answered the questions.

1. How many students were in your high school graduating class? Did you know most, if not all of them?
I honestly have no idea. I was a city girl whose family moved the summer between my 9th and 10th grade, to a town so small it wasn’t even really a town, it was a village. Yes…a village. So…there weren’t that many graduates each year, and yes, I knew them all.

2. What was the last thing you photographed?
Books for my book blog

3. Pickles-love ’em or loathe ’em? If it’s love what’s something you eat that needs a pickle?
LOVE THEM!! So many things…but mostly hamburgers and tuna salad

4. What’s a stereotype you perpetuate without meaning to?
Can’t think of one.

5. Ever been horseback riding? If so, is it something you enjoy? If not, do you have any interest? Did you watch the Kentucky Derby? Will you be watching the last leg of the Triple Crown this weekend?
My sister had a White Palemino when I was growning up, so I love horses. I don’t know if I’ll watch the Kentucky Derby or Triple Crown. I used to love going with my sister’s family to Scioto Downs when I was younger.

6. What’s your favorite wedding movie?
My Best Friends Wedding with Julia Roberts

7. What is one ‘tourist attraction’ in the USA you’d like to see in person?
The Grand Canyon

8. Insert your own random thought here.
My dad always said would be neat if we all had an eye on the end of our pointer finger so we could see around corners and behind us.

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  17 Responses to “WWW & Wednesday Hodgepodge”

  1. I haven’t heard of any of these books. But I hope you enjoy them all!

    You can find my WWW post here http://www.peekabook.it/2012/06/www-wednesdays-june-06.html

    Happy reading! 🙂


  2. I have never tried pickles on tuna…sounds interesting.

  3. John Ramsey’s book sounds interesting. I’ll look for that one. Glad you joined the HP today!

  4. I agree that I won’t be reading 50 Shades of Stupidity either! “We Learn Nothing” sounds great! Mine is at http://katybrandes.wordpress.com/2012/06/06/www-wednesday-june-6/.

  5. My Best Friend’s Wedding is also my wife’s favorite wedding movie. She’s always quoting the scene where Julia Roberts is telling Cameron Diaz that she is jello, not creme brulee. Sigh…

    Here’s my WWW Wednesday

  6. Fried pickles? Yay or Nay? I like that you are a Nay to Fifty Shades of Grey too.


  7. We Learn Nothing sounds awesome 🙂

  8. What an interesting idea in your random thought…since we use our pointer finger for so many things, would it have like a cover to keep dirt out of the eye 😉 Happy Wednesday!

  9. These usually don’t seem like my type of book… but We Learn Nothing seems interesting! Maybe I’ll pick that up at some point c:

    Thanks for stopping by!

  10. I’m a pickle on tuna fan too 🙂

  11. I saw an interview with John Ramsey and it made me interested in his book.

  12. I like the look of We Learn Nothing. I need to add it to my TBR list. My WWW:

  13. The Grand Canyon is on my list of things to see too. Good choice!

  14. I haven’t heard of any of these books. But I hope you enjoy them all!

    Thank you for stopping by my blog 🙂

    Happy reading! 🙂



  15. I swear…if and when you get to the Grand Canyon…trust me, the very first sighting of the canyon itself, from the entrance gate….you visual image will NEVER leave your mind!!!!


  16. Wow – all of your books sound fascinating! Great tips! And oh yes, you absolutely must see the Grand Canyon – it is truly amazing!

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