Can you guess which Ann bought, which I bought, and what came in the mail?
I highly recommend and suggest you order Ghost Wars by Steve Coll. Coll has the same talent as John Julius Norwich and my other favorite historians and journalists–the ability to find the most compelling storyline in any series of events and to then string other cool stuff off of that storyline, all while also shifting frequently between a huge cast of characters. This book gives an awesome overview, at an intimate level of detail, of the secret history of the CIA, Afghanistan, and Bin Laden from the Soviet Invasion to September 10, 2001. (Today’s Twitter Cookie actually comes from this book.)
I just got Metronome by Veronique Tanaka today, but it’s also recommended–very cool, edgy graphic novel goodness.
Ann’s been reading and enjoying The Invisible Wall by Harry Bernstein, one o’ them heart-rending memoirs.
She’s also just bought The Geographer’s Library by Jon Fasman, which is the next one for her book club.
And you’ll note another Juno book, Personal Demons, and Ekaterina Sedia’s new novel in ARC form, The Alchemy of Stone, out in July.
Finally, the DVD is a promotion for the Stone Brewing Company in San Diego–they do Arrogant Bastard ale, which is amazing. The DVD is awesome, too, showing you how they make the beer, etc. Definitely worth getting if the website offers it.