Books Read in August 2010 – 16/117 (ytd)
The Apostle, Brad Thor*
Dragon Keeper: Volume One of the Rain Wilds Chronicles, Robin Hobb*
The Goddess of Fried Okra, Jean Brashear*
I See Rude People: One woman’s battle to beat some manners into impolite society, Amy Alkon*
Twenties Girl: A Novel, Sophie Kinsella*
Tongues of Serpents (Temeraire Series, Book 6), Naomi Novik*
The Sea Fairies, L. Frank Baum*
Nature Girl, Carl Hiaasen*
The Ocean Inside, Janna McMahan*
The Book of Unholy Mischief: A Novel, Elle Newmark*
My Mother Takes a Tumble, Eric Kraft*
The Man Who Loved Jane Austen, Sally Smith O’Rourke*
Think of a Number, John Verdon*The Girl with the White Fur Muff, Eric Kraft*
 This is not the foo-foo girlie book that the title suggests; rather, it’s a book about broken people and the ways they find healing. I enjoyed it immensely and recommend it highly.
 Better known as The Advice Goddess, Alkon uses humor to uncover some unappetizing truths about the state of contemporary American society and deliver a sound butt-kicking in the process. While most of us gripe about how rude society has become, Alkon chooses creative and highly effective tactics to fight back against those who steal her time, her property and her energy. I highly recommend it.
 Gorgeous period novel set at the end of the 15th century involving the Doge of Venice, the Pope, the Borgias, the Inquisition, food, philosophy, religion and more. My only bitch is that it ends rather abruptly. More, please!