Whatever side of the spectrum you come from, this is a pretty funny and well-written piece:-)
Dave Eggers: A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius
This is the book that I am about to start reading...I have heard great things, so I will let you know!
Mary Doria Russell: Children of God (Ballantine Reader's Circle)
This is the sequal to "The Sparrow", which is also on this list. The story picks up after the disaster on Rakhat and sees the main character as a man spiritually and physically brutalized. He resigns as a priest and turns his back on God...except that God has a different plan for him. (*****)
Mary Doria Russell: The Sparrow
This is one of the most unique books that I have read in some time! It is the weird hybrid of science fiction and spiritual awakening...or a spiritual journey set in the future! The author is an anthropologist and that background really helps create and exciting dynamic between civilizations. (*****)
Steven D. Levitt, Stephen J. Dubner: Freakonomics : A Rogue Economist Explores the Hidden Side of Everything
Another one that I have not read, but when I get my hands on it I will!
David Sedaris: Naked
Simply one of the funniest books ever written! (*****)
Original Soundtrack: Once
You may have seen Glen Hansard And Marketa Irglova play this song live during the Oscar's...as well as her beautiful speech. Maybe the most beautiful love song I have heard in the past 10 years.
Killing The Blues
Robert Plant & Alison Krauss: Raising Sand
I have had this CD, but had not listened to it...until I heard this song used in a commercial...as weird as it sounds, they have a great chemistry!
Sara Bareilles: Little Voice
Yet ANOTHER song I discovered through a commercial! Her voice is impressive and the vibe of the whole CD makes it worth taking a shot on.
Vampire Weekend: Vampire Weekend
The new critics darlings are definitely an acquired taste, but the lyrics are highly literate, the songs are smart and the arrangements are delightfully quirky! Vampire Weekend certainly deserves the hype!
Yael Naïm: Yael Naim
Another song I discovered from a commercial! This is that jaunty little number you hear in the new MacBook Air commercial...you can't help but smile:-)