Dept. of What I’m reading

A constant reader, I’ve always got a couple of books going. Here, some recent reads that seemed worthwhile:
The Virgin Blue, Tracy Chevalier–Entertaining fiction from the popular author of Girl with a Pear Earring. If you like Anita Shreve, you’d like her.
The Getaway Man, Andrew Vachss–It ain’t Burke, but this is a fun read in the style of Jim Thompson.
The Automat, Loraine Dieh and Marianne Hardardt–The history of Horn & Hardart, where you could trade nickels for plates of food.
Trash, stories by Dorothy Allison–Collected stories.
Patricia Unterman’s San Francisco Food Lover’s Guide–A massive compendium of where to eat. Only problem is she makes every spot sound great.
How to Speak Dog, Mastering the Art of Dog-Human COmmunication, by Stanley Coren. Woof, woof, oops, I meant this is an excellent book.
On the Road by Jack Kerouac–Loved it when I was 15 and it’s just as good now
Death of a Salesman by Arthur Miller–Zack’s reading it for English class so I picked it up. Great play, major downer.
Bare, Women, Dancing, Sex and Power, Elisabeth Eaves–First person reflections about stripping by a Columbia University grad.