Thursday, May 22, 2014
Andrew Jackson, one of our most hated Presidents, is the subject of the biography, American Lion by Jon Meacham. So why would you want to read about Jackson anyway? Well, his idea of the Presidency was unique, as he took great pride in the position and power. His term was filled with social drama of high society. Meacham also gives us insight on Jackson's mistreatment of Native Americans and slaves.
Don't be fooled, this is no textbook on his presidency. Meacham writes a very readable book about a very complicated man. A great read for history buffs!
Sunday, May 4, 2014
Breathers: a zombie's lament by SG Browne is a bit of a horror story, but mostly a romantic comedy. It's about Andy, a middle aged zombie who reanimated after a grisly car accident. His wife died and his daughter was sent to live with her aunt. He wandered back home and now lives in his parent's wine cellar.
Being a zombie is a bit shameful for all involved. Andy can't speak because of his accident so he limps around town with a wipeboard over his neck. More often than not, he comes home covered in food and garbage people have thrown at him.
His parents are ashamed of him and hide him away when friends come to visit. Andy really only leaves the house to go to his support group meetings where you meet an interesting cast of characters, some who meet their untimely demise when breathers (aka living people) beat them and pull off their limbs. Rita, a suicide victim with stitches over her neck and wrists, soon becomes Andy's love interest though he struggles with his feelings because he still misses his wife.
Ultimately, this a funny and touching story about what it's like to be an outsider.
Check out "Andy's blog" here.