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Punk Elegies: True Tales of Death Trip Kids, Wrongful Sex, and Trial by Angel Dust
Punk Elegies: True Tales of Death Trip Kids, Wrongful Sex, and Trial by Angel Dust
by Allan MacDonell
Edition: Paperback
Price: $16.04
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Time and Space in Los Angeles, May 13, 2015
Time and space is nothing if not personal and unique. Allan MacDonell came about as close to the bull's-eye of a certain time and space, the birth of Los Angeles punk rock in the mid-to-late 1970s, and still he was just a bit off.

In his wandering portrait of less an era than a person, that being himself, PUNK ELEGIES: TRUE TALES OF DEATH TRIP KIDS, WRONGFUL SEX, AND TRAIL BY ANGEL DUST, he delivers on the lurid tease of the book's subtitle. His stories are full of abuse, which could get tiresome if not for his sardonic humor, a dark star at the center of a darker existence. For the most part he sidetracks the storied "events" and "personalities," focusing on the less successful, marginalized characters who deserve their own books but will have to settle for MacDonell's until that wrong is righted.

He gives a man-in-the-gutter view of what it was like to devote one's life to nothing. That's not fair, but MacDonell is the picture of indifference. He mocks fandom, though comes across as a more rarified fan; can't be bothered to be in a band, though his appreciation of music is visceral; distances himself with a sharp comedic slant, though flirts with the intimacy of its dramatic twin, tragedy. What can you say? MacDonell is a complicated guy. He's also a fine guide who makes you feel lucky to call him friend, even though you know outside the printed page he'd never tolerate you. That's okay. It's what time and space is for, perspective.

MacDonell doesn't say it, but you sense he's a different man now. The book is too honest to end with an epiphany, but you do feel by the final pages as if the wheels have gone off the ride. It's a testament to MacDonell's talents that you hope the crash wasn't too hard.


Mark Twain's Autobiography 1910-2010
Mark Twain's Autobiography 1910-2010
by Michael Kupperman
Edition: Hardcover
Price: $17.62
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5.0 out of 5 stars Genius, November 8, 2013
I'm not one to throw the word genius around casually, so I told my genius children to go to their genius-painted room and leave me in my genius chair to ponder the genius that is Michael Kupperman and his genius tome. It is pure genius mixed with enough humor and art drawings to attract an audience of mammals, reptiles, insects, extinct animals and even humans. The genius of Michael K. is that he was there, ready and willing, to accept this document from the long-thought dead Mark Twain and had the courage to publish the adventures of our white-suited saint of sentences as he traversed the 20th century. If there's a funnier book of stories, comics and illustrations about Mark Twain's journey through the last 100 years of history I'd like to see it.


Green Smoothies for Beginners: Essentials to Get Started with a Green Smoothie Diet
Green Smoothies for Beginners: Essentials to Get Started with a Green Smoothie Diet
Price: $2.99

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3.0 out of 5 stars Nice and Smooth, October 23, 2013
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Call me, Mr. Smoothie, because if I could I would blend everything down to a thick frothy mixture and gulp it down with glee. And now, thanks to this wonderful book, I am able to do so and drink myself to a healthier me. Who would have thought? Well, obviously, the genius John Chatham, that's who. He's compiled a volume of sheer delight and well-being for the liquid lover. From scores of green ingredients he has outlined in delicious detail dozens of recipes and even a few full-on cleansing routines that will flush your system and make you feel better than you've ever felt before. Solids? We don't need no stinkin' solids!
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What Do Women Want? in 30 Minutes - The Expert Guide to Daniel Bergner's Critically Acclaimed Book
What Do Women Want? in 30 Minutes - The Expert Guide to Daniel Bergner's Critically Acclaimed Book

3.0 out of 5 stars What Do Men Want? Same As What Women Do., October 1, 2013
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Ever since God made woman from Adam's rib has the question of what women want been posed. There have been countless books on the subject, but who has time to read them all? The authors of "What Do Women Want in 30 Minutes -- The Expert Guide to Daniel Bergner's Critically Acclaimed Book" have read one, and here outline it's points in a "Cliff Notes" fashion well-suited to the less academic among us. The good news: women are as lusty as men. The bad news? Only that we men may not be able to keep up with our sexually adventuresome partners. Use this book as an introduction to Bergner's tome, then dive into the source and get busy y'all!


Gifts for Men: The Essential Guide to Finding the Perfect Gift for Any Man; Foreword by Cards Against Humanity
Gifts for Men: The Essential Guide to Finding the Perfect Gift for Any Man; Foreword by Cards Against Humanity

3.0 out of 5 stars Giving Is the Best Gift, September 12, 2013
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I'm a man, and I like gifts, but I had no idea the gifts I liked could be this great. No more will I sweat a birthday or holiday, for I have this book to offer me everything and more to make my present the perfect one.

The book is broken up into chapters that address "The Man Who Has Everything" to silly, seasonal and sensual gifts. The gifts are accompanied by informative briefs on the who, what, where, why and how, with links to websites and pricing, making purchasing easy.

From Kung-Fu Pants and Silk Socks to Single Malt Scotch and Hot Sauce of the Month Club, the only problem you'll have is wanting to buy all these manly gifts for yourself.


Juicing for Beginners: The Essential Guide to Juicing Recipes and Juicing for Weight Loss
Juicing for Beginners: The Essential Guide to Juicing Recipes and Juicing for Weight Loss
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4.0 out of 5 stars The Good Kind of Liquid Diet, September 5, 2013
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Wish this book was out when I first looked into juicing. I was flying blind and still managed to lose 10 pounds in 10 days. Of course I put it all back on once the solids returned. This book would've made those 10 days not feel like 10-times the amount thanks to its many varied recipes. Hell, I'd keep making these delicious libations and include them into my regular diet. They're that good. Of course there're chapters on the basics and health red flags to keep aware of, but it's the pages and pages of mouthwateringly addictive fruit and vegetable drinks that will keep you coming back for more.


Canning and Preserving for Beginners: The Essential Canning Recipes and Canning Supplies Guide
Canning and Preserving for Beginners: The Essential Canning Recipes and Canning Supplies Guide
Price: $6.49

4.0 out of 5 stars Can do!, August 15, 2013
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Canning isn't just for grandma no more. Skinny bearded youth and their crafty female companions are going back to the farm, and these urban back-to-basic revivalists know a good thing when they're eating it.

After a short introduction, the nuts and bolts are revealed with clear, step-by-step instructions on making a variety of pickles, jams, jellies and preserves, salsa and relishes.

For the health conscious, there's low sodium and low sugar recipes. There's enough tasty eats, even whole meals, made through either water bath or pressure canning to keep you in good eats through the long winter without having to brace the cold by going to the supermarket.


Happy Rock
Happy Rock
by Matthew Simmons
Edition: Paperback
Price: $15.95
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Rock Solid, July 7, 2013
This review is from: Happy Rock (Paperback)
In the great story, "Saxophone Lung Explodes," from the solid collection HAPPY ROCK by Matthew Simmons, there's a line of dialogue by a character, a used book and record store owner. He's talking about seeing Eric Dolphy live and how his music "could be serious and funny at the same time," which is an apt description of Simmons short stories. They can make you laugh from one line to the next and then you're moved to something more ernest. It's like that prize in the Cracker Jacks box, if the promise of what you're going to get was actually fulfilled by the present. It's also a lot like life, which is never as formulaic as often depicted in fiction. The plots, which aren't anchored by reality, never fly in the face of it like some pest, but pull forward and feel true to the story they're telling. And what's so special about reality anyway? It's not how we live our lives.


29 Mini-Essays
29 Mini-Essays
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars In Brief, April 10, 2012
This review is from: 29 Mini-Essays (Kindle Edition)
These short pieces aren't less than, they're neither more than nor anything to do with math. They are simply put, period. Read them, live them and buy many copies for yourself, your friends, enemies and strangers alike. They'll alike a lot.


The Next Right Thing: A Novel
The Next Right Thing: A Novel
by Dan Barden
Edition: Hardcover
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars AA Noir, March 21, 2012
Anonymity may be the foundation of Alcoholic's Anonymous, but it would be criminal to keep this great read secret.

I'm familiar with Barden's first book, the semi-autobiographical JOHN WAYNE: A NOVEL, which I'd like to get to after having read his current one, though I understand they're quite different.

I can only write of THE NEXT RIGHT THING, and will: it's engaging, a page-turner (and not to see when it will end), with characters that I neither loved nor hated, but enjoyed spending time with.

The central mystery that propels the plot is the unlikely death by overdose of a supposedly sober man, who also happens to be the narrator's sponsor -- AA terminology for a person that walks you through the 12 steps of recovery in the program. But it was the world that keep me glued to the book -- a world of AA meetings and members, of Southern California, of recovery houses, of the ebb and flow of relationships and the ties that bind men.

It's a pretty macho book, and I'm a pretty un-macho man, yet even if I didn't fully identified -- and, really, identifying is only part of literature's charm -- with the main character, he kept me coming back. And I'd do so again, if there's a sequel. Why not? Nothing is more hard-boiled than sobriety.


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