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Lying In Bed with

That's "Lying In Bed," as in, what's on your bedside table?

I took an informal survey around the office to see what my co-workers are reading before they enter the Land of Wind and Ghosts each night.

In the interest of fairness, I guess I should throw myself onto the fire first.

Reading Comics: How Graphic Novels Work and What They Mean by Douglas Wolk

Enlightening essays about the history of comics, the modern scene, and its innovators. The book has been promoted as a terrific primer — which it might well be, although actual newcomers would be well served by having a copy of the books under discussion close at hand.

Personally, I think Reading Comics works best for the more seasoned comics reader, who will enjoy Wolk's penetrating analysis, which is always interesting, whether s/he agrees with him or not.

Screen Plays: How 25 Scripts Made It to a Theater Near You — For Better or Worse by David S. Cohen

A fascinating, detailed dissection of the screenwriting process. Cohen interviews the writers and explores the sometimes torturous path from idea to finished film.

While he includes such gems as A Simple Plan, Lost In Translation, and American Beauty, Cohen doesn't shy away from failure — it's intriguing to see how the best of intentions lie behind such seismic flops as Evening and Pay It Forward.

The Dragonslayer: Bone, Volume 4 (Bone #04) by Jeff Smith

I'm rereading the entire saga — this time in color! The first three books remain my favorite (the story slows a bit when it bogs down in LOTR territory), but few writer/artists can challenge Jeff Smith for skill and storytelling bravado.

A Woman Trapped in a Woman's Body: Tales from a Life of Cringe by Lauren Weedman

Cringe-inducingly awesome! It really is as hilarious as I'd been told. And Lauren's stint on The Daily Show cured me of my desire to write for Jon Stewart. Unless a Daily Show producer is reading this, in which case — HIRE ME!

(Click here to read Lauren's blog posts for

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Here's what Danielle Marshall, our Promotions Specialist and one-time Folk Singer, is reading:

Farther Along by Donald Harington

Probably one of the strangest and most wonderful books I have ever read...
(due out in May)

Eat, Pray, Love: One Woman's Search for Everything across Italy, India and Indonesia by Elizabeth Gilbert

For my book club. Can't say I am loving it, but I am definitely in like with it.

The Penderwicks: A Summer Tale of Four Sisters, Two Rabbits, and a Very Interesting Boy by Jeanne Birdsall

Reading this one with my daughter. Cute, fun — a throwback to an earlier time in kids' lit.

X Saves the World: How Generation X Got the Shaft But Can Still Keep Everything from Sucking by Jeff Gordiner

Just tryin' to justify my generation's existence.

Knockemstiff by Donald Ray Pollock

Damn, some people can just flat out write.

Girls in Trucks by Katie Crouch

Re-reading it for an upcoming interview with the author. I was an early adopter of this #1 BookSense pick and I truly hope it will find a large audience.

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AmyN, our Web Alliance Leader or Fashion Consultant (depending on whom you ask), is spending her nights with these titles:

Never Let Me Go: A Novel by Kazuo Ishiguro

Beautifully written, but also creepy.

Citizens: A Chronicle of the French Revolution by Simon Schama

I recently finished Mistress of the Revolution (by Catherine Delors), and reading historical fiction always inspires me to get my facts straight. Schama's book fits that bill and then some... and then some more after that.

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And what's on YOUR bedside table, Dear Reader? (Books only, please; we'd rather not know the rest...)

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Chris Bolton co-created the all-ages webcomic Smash, which will soon be published by Candlewick Press, and created the comedy series Wage Slaves. His short story "The Red Room" was published in Portland Noir from Akashic Books.

Books mentioned in this post

  1. Portland Noir (Akashic Noir)
    Used Trade Paper $9.95

  2. Eat, Pray, Love: One Woman's Search...
    Used Trade Paper $2.95
  3. The Penderwicks: A Summer Tale of...
    Used Hardcover $6.50
  4. X Saves the World: How Generation X... Used Hardcover $5.95
  5. Knockemstiff
    Used Hardcover $9.95
  6. Girls in Trucks
    Used Hardcover $4.50
  7. Never Let Me Go: A Novel
    Used Trade Paper $8.95
  8. Citizens: A Chronicle of the French... Used Trade Paper $9.50
  9. Mistress of the Revolution
    Used Hardcover $5.50
  10. Reading Comics: How Graphic Novels... Used Hardcover $7.95
  11. Screen Plays: How 25 Scripts Made It... Used Hardcover $17.95
  12. The Dragonslayer (Bone #4) Used Trade Paper $7.95
  13. A Woman Trapped in a Woman's Body:...
    Used Trade Paper $6.95

7 Responses to "Lying In Bed with"

    Guy Fandango April 7th, 2008 at 3:59 pm

    Since I didn't have a wonderful resource like Read It Before They Screen It to alert me in advance (ok I was just lazy and didn't get around to them in time) I'm catching up on No Country For Old Men, Oil!, and Atonement. For work I'm just finishing up Whatever It Takes: How Professional Learning Communities Respond When Kids Don't Learn - (this book is the key to fixing what's wrong with schools today) and Tools For Teaching (Fred Jones is the Yoda that all teachers need). And just for the fun of it I'm reading both How To Survive A Robot Uprising and How To Build A Robot Army.

    Dayna April 7th, 2008 at 5:05 pm

    Baseball Between the Numbers: Why Everything You Know About the Game Is Wrong

    Jennifer April 7th, 2008 at 7:23 pm

    The Life You Save May Be Your Own: An American Pilgrimage by Paul Elie
    A truly engaging and well-written account of the four the major American writers who also happen to be Catholic: Thomas Merton, Walker Percy, Flanner O'Connor, and Dorothy Day and dialogue with their works.

    Miss Gretchen April 8th, 2008 at 4:50 am

    Either Snow by Orhan Pamuk or The Complete Peanuts 1967 - 1968 -- whichever my brain can stand before beddie-bie.

    Catherine Delors April 8th, 2008 at 6:11 am

    Schama is great, though he gets the first name of my protagonist (Coffinhal) wrong. I also think I remember that he gives Coffinhal the title of general, which he never had. I believe he mixes hims up with Hanriot.

    AmyN April 8th, 2008 at 12:35 pm

    Ms Delors, I should've known you read Schama (among many others, I'm sure), as Mistress of the Revolution was packed with historic details and insights. Your meticulous study really brought the time period to life. Thanks so much for such a thoroughly enjoyable book!

    DeniseB May 9th, 2009 at 12:23 am

    Because I only read what the good folks at Powell's strongly SUGGEST that I read (and I am behind, so...)

    Just finished History of Love, Nicole Krauss - lovely and bittersweet

    Starting Special Topics in Calamity Physics, Marisha Pessl (have not read enough to know yet)

    Now...Delirium by Laura Restrepo OR Pygmy by Chuck Palahniuk? I need a consensus please.

    My therapist thinks I need to trust my instincts and make more decisions by myself but I don't really think so. Do you? I mean, if YOU think it's good, it's good, right?

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