Thursday, January 12

A book a month for $9.95 with Zooba

Everyone's all in an uproar this week about A Million Little Pieces. The Smoking Gun stirred things up by claiming that the author James Frey "conned Oprah" because his nonfiction memoir is filled with "fabrications, falsehoods, other fakery." I watched James Frey's interview on CNN, Larry King Live last night. Frey kept saying that he still stands behind his book, and that the main parts of it dealing with being a drug addict and alcoholic are all true. Oprah even called in at the end of the show, and while she was disappointed by the controversy, she also continued to back the book.

I personally say, "Memoir, schemoir!" If it's a good book, it's a good book, and I want to read it. Lee recently read and liked it, so it was next on my to borrow list. To be totally honest, the controversy makes me want to drive over to her place now so I can start reading it this very second.

The girls were discussing this and other books during our ongoing group email when Camilla shared Zooba with us. It's like Netflix for books, except you get to buy rather than borrow for $9.95 a book. They're automatically sent monthly, but you can buy additional books whenever you want. What a great find - of course I had to share!

Here's a list of must reads based on friends' recommendations and books I've read recently (not all are on Zooba necessarily): Me Talk Pretty One Day, Kite Runner, Freakonomics, Middlesex, The Tipping Point, A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius... and of course Sudoku books - not for reading, but they sure are fun!

Anyone want to add to the list?

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