For the other books I’ve read recently, check out I’ve been Reading! (Sept. 2012 edition).
The Mercury 13: The Untold Story of Thirteen American Women and the Dream of Space Flight by Martha Ackmann.
– This was interesting, but depressing. On one hand, they were “pioneers” and “trail blazers” and they ended up going nowhere, but they did help establish women were just as capable, at least in the context of astronaut training. It wasn’t until quite a few years later that Sally Ride made it into space.
The USA Today review sums it up nicely: “…captures the women’s personality and can-do attitudes perfectly, inspiring a blaze of righteous indignation in exposing small-minded male egos.”
The 100-Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out the Window and Disappeared by Jonas Jonasson
– This is easily one of the best fiction books I’ve read this month. I came across this book in a recent issue of People (I was at the dentist’s office and they happen to have recent issues of People). The blurb review interested me, so I took a photo of it with my phone (it was early, I couldn’t be bothered to write it down, much less remember). I got it as an ebook and had every intention of reading it on my Kindle until I realized it needed to be charged (it had been sitting around not being used for quite some time) so I ended up reading it on my phone.
The 100-Year-Old Man, is Allan, and the book chronicles his misadventures as he escapes the old folk’s home, steals a suitcase full of money, and embarks on a series of wild (and mild) mishaps. The reader is also filled in on Allan’s back story, which is also full of adventures as he manages to meet and influence key people through out history: at least two US Presidents, Mao, Stalin, de Gaul, to list a few.
Fifty Sheds of Grey by C.T. Grey based off the twitter feed of the same name.
– A highly amusing, quick read, that is one of many Fifty Shades of Grey parodies.