"The Lord of the Rings, by JRR Tolkien.
Yes, I'm a nerd. But if you like fantasy, you really can't beat this trilogy. It's heavy-going, the writing style is laborious
and outdated, but the imagination on show is simply incredible. Never has a more credible fantasy world been created, and
never again will you become so attached to a bunch of midgets with hairy feet."
~ David Owen
"Interruptions by Susan Froetschel. A
national forest is threatened by industrialism and money hungry execs, and the lead protestor against the development plan
becomes enraveled in a double murder mystery that threatens to destroy her young family. Interruptions is a savvy and
well-written story that encourages readers to be politcally active in their daily lives."
~ Jezrie Marcano
"Gutair Highway Rose - its a teenage book
but its beautifully well written, and a book that almost anybody can relate to about wanting to get away from the mundane."
"The Glass Castle by Jeannette Walls is
a light-hearted recollection of the author's childhood, though her childhood itself was far from light-hearted. She begins
the book by detailing a scene from her adulthood in which she witnesses her mother digging through a dumpster. She lived a
mobile life as a child, always running away from something with her alcoholic unemployed father and starving artist mother.
There were 4 kids in the family who were all intelligent, yet dirt poor, dirty and some were sexually abused. The kids
struggle to keep the family as their irresponsible parents lead their own lives. A quick read with short chapters. The book
has won two prizes and was a New York Times bestseller. 288 pages. 'Walls has joined the company of writers such as Mary Karr
and Frank McCourt who have been able to transform their sad memories into fine art.' --People"
"Persuasion by Jane Austen. Everytime
I read it, I find something new to think over, and it gives me hope that feelings can be constant and that nice girls don't
always finish last."
"Closed Chambers, by Edward Lazarus.
Despite being as important as the Presidency and Congress, the inner workings of the Supreme Court don't get nearly as much
attention. In Closed Chambers, Lazarus, a former law clerk for Justice Harry Blackmun, describes the functioning of the court
in a way that's accessible to both lawyers and non-lawyers."
~ Ghost of Gettysburg
"1968: The Year that Rocked the World, by Mark Kurlansky. The importance of 1968 for American
politics alone cannot be overstated - the 2004 presidential election would not have been possible without the 1968 presidential
election, for example - but 68 was a pivotal year in many other ways, for many other countries, as well. Kurlansky thoroughly
explores all aspects of the tumultuous year."
~ Ghost of Gettysburg
"The Unbearable Lightness of Being by Milan Kundera. There's just something incredibly
life-affirming about this. That, and I found it very easy to relate to the characters of Tereza
Fidelity - because it's about music and life, or how music is life."
~ Iris Vaseline
"Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring
- As I said, I'm a nerd. This is my favourite of the trilogy because it's more of an adventure movie than a battle movie.
So many different locales are covered, and they all look amazing. And it doesn't rely on it's outstanding visuals like a lot
of fantasy films do; it was also has great acting (Sean Bean at his best) and a well-written script."
"American Beauty - Talented Actors. Great
storyline. Beautiful *but sad none the less* ending. What more can you want from a movie?
"The Shawshank Redemption. It's brutal
at parts, and makes me cry every time. It's so well-acted, and makes the viewer think about the issues it raised.
"American Beauty. Oh, that plastic bag scene
gets me everytime. Just everything a movie should be."
"The Candidate, starring Robert Redford. A very amusing and (sadly) often
accurate portrayal of running for office, written by a former speechwriter for Eugene McCarthy. Dan Quayle credits this movie
with helping him decide that he wanted to run for office, which is strange, since the movie would seem
to push most people away from ever doing that."
~Ghost of Gettysburg
"Labyrinth - because it's so weird and kitch and cool.
And David Bowie is CUTE!"
"Check out 'The Stay Aways'
from London. The were awarded Demo Of The Week by Camden New Journal where their songs 'E to C Sharp Minor' and 'Say Something'
were called, 'bittersweet harmonies that surge through
giving an almost epic feel.' They're indie/alternative and you can find their music at www.myspace.com/stayaways. And they're extra cool because Sean (bass) is writng a song about 'Loverpool' for me! Yay!
"Pink Floyd - Wish You
Were Here - I think you have to be a certain kind of person to really appreciate this. Not everyone will find the
emotion in the drawn-out, sparse Shine On You Crazy Diamond suite, but those who do will be floored by it. Plus, it's the
"I have many. at the moment its
Jewel- Goodbye Alice in Wonderland I love her old style of music and this brings me back... :)"
"This changes every day, but currently
I adore The Postal Service. Such Great Heights is a gorgeous song, and I always end up smiling at Nothing
Better as well."
"Crooked Rain, Crooked Rain
by Pavement. This is how college rock should sound. Pretentious, yet joyful. Incredibly catchy but still alternative.
Besides, 'Elevate Me Later' is one of the best songs evah. EVAH. Mmm. Oh, and the Desert Origins version is good as well."
"I don't really listen to a lot of music, so
I'm not sure what to put here. I've only heard one song from it, but the Dixie Chicks new album might warrant
a mention though."
~Ghost of Gettysburg
"This is difficult. I don't know if I could pick one, but my
favorite band of all time is The Goo Goo Dolls."
"Nutshell by Alice in Chains, The Scientist's Canvas
by Stage, You'll Never Get to Me by Killing Joke, and We're Not Alone (Remix)
by Peeping Tom."