MC Reviews: Books

What should be at the top of the stack on your nightstand? Our list of favorite reads.

By Steph Opitz

October 25, 2012 9:00 AM
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Better Living Through Plastic Explosives by Zsuzsi Gartner

Ha ha ha: You know how sometimes people laugh when they're nervous? This book is that kind of funny. Plot notes: Each of the 10 short stories in this gutsy collection is a self-contained universe depicted in forceful language that punches you right in the face. Cast of characters: Readers probably won't identify with the vast array of subjects — from an Olympic mascot to a woman who speaks in Ikea slang — but will appreciate Gartner's dry wit and microscopic observations about the way we live now.

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