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I don't feel like writing "reviews" but it's been a long time since I posted here so I thought I would just tell you what I've read lately:

Palm Sunday by Kurt Vonnegut.  I thoroughly enjoyed this.  It's no secret I'm a big Vonnegut fan, but I particularly enjoyed this autobiographical "collage" as he calls it.  Some of his essays and speeches were fantastic.  I also enjoyed reading his account of his family history, and other personal stories.  I started reading it just after he passed away, so it was particularly poignant for me.  I highly recommend it

What Johnny Shouldn't Read by Joan Dellaforte.  An acadmic (reads like a college book) piece about censorship in American primary and secondary school textbooks and readings, primarily in the 80's (the book was published in the early '90s).  A dry read but fascinating and chilling.  It made me want to homeschool the day lights out of my kids.

Mount Dragon by Douglas Preston and Lincoln Child.  More enjoyable fluff from my favorite pop thriller writers.  I think was actually their second book, after Relic.  It's completely separate from their main series of characters.  The story is about a secret biological facility in the New Mexico desert where an extremely lethal virus is being manipulated, supposedly to better mankind (by curing the flu) - but IS IT???  You get the idea.  I read the whole second half of the book yesterday while I was relaxing/sick/walking on the treadmill.

Next up: The Secret Lives of the First Ladies by Cormac O'Brien.
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