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I received the book Stand and Deliver:The Autobiography by Adam Ant from my UK friend Maz yesterday. Yes, she went out of her way and got it and sent it along to me since it is not easy to obtain in the US. I was so excited to get the package and to finally get to read the book! Much thanks to Maz!!!

Above: Stand and Deliver: The Autobiography by Adam Ant

I read the book almost straight through and was really intrigued by it. Adam Ant is very blunt about his life. Yes, it is his point of view on things that went on but then we all only can tell our own view of our lives and many of use would not be as forth-coming as he was in his book.

I liked hearing about his childhood and it was very interesting to me that he had a very poor childhood like a lot of the punk musicians/rock musicians  who were born in the 1950s-60s seem to have had. This is not the first autobiography I have read that made me go "Damn....." when reading about a person's childhood. I have memories of reading
John Lydon's Rotten: No Irish, No Blacks, No Dogs many years ago and having that "Damn...." moment about his childhood as well. In fact, reading Stand and Deliver makes me want to go back and reread Lydon's book.

The difference in Adam Ant's book is he went through his entire life struggling with bipolar disorder. Yes, a full on mental illness. He is actually still fighting the battle against it through he seems to be winning it these days and keeping it under control. The book shows how he used work, and yes, sex to keep the bipolar demons at bay. He would throw himself into both things to distract himself from his illness and then have huge burnouts when it finally caught up with him. He always knew he had this problem which made the struggle even harder.

He references his diary a lot since he started a diary and kept it pretty frequently throughout his career. This referencing situations he wrote about in his diary led to my favorite line in the whole book:

"Until writing this I had forgotten entirely about this episode, and rereading it in my diary now makes me think I blanked it out because it was so dumb."

That line tickled me and led to me laughing for a good minute straight. It was just such a "Ah Ha!" moment and I could  see rereading about the situation (in this case an excorism) and actually thinking that myself if it had happened to me. It is a rare person who would actually write about a situation in our lives that, well, made us look totally dumb. Props to him for that.

I really liked his writing of his finally totally hitting rock bottom in his struggle with being bipolar and addressing his arrest in 2002 which was a result of being bipolar. The chapters of the book dealing with this portion of his life were really interesting because it showed how he got help told of his plans which have led up to his recent tour that he is going on.

Overall, I really loved the book and the writing style kept me reading. If you are an Adam Ant need to read this book. I know I enjoyed finding out a lot about the singer that I enjoyed as a child in the early 80s and whom I rediscovered when I was 19, and very Gothic.

How can one resist the music of the "Dandy Highwayman"?

I know I never can and you will always find me getting up to dance when "Goody Two Shoes" starts to play.
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This book:

I went out and bought today.

I am a huge lover of the Sookie Stackhouse series and it is such a fun read. I am halfway through it and probably will finish it tonight. I am so excited to have this book in my hands. :)

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I had one of those experiences last night of reading a book that really touched me and broke my heart. It is rare that a book will give me this feeling, usually it is a movie or tv show episode.

The book: One Day by David Nicholls:

The book follows two people Emma and Dexter who spend a night together the last night of college, each acknowledges (without telling the other) that they feel attached to another, and then go there separate ways in life while maintaining a friendship that borderlines on spilling over to a love relationship. If they would just talk and have their lives collide at the right time without pushing each other away.

The story is told on one day (July15th), every year, for twenty years. It seems like that couldn't possibly work, just dropping in on both characters on one day every year, but it does. It works very well. Throughout the time they live very different lives but rubber band back to their friendship over and over. Always doing the dance of attraction and the hurt of not connecting on that level due to life (and themselves) preventing them from exploring it.

You come to really care for the characters despite Dexter becoming a bit of a semi-famous, party boy and Emma having her own life troubles. The connection between them fairly crackles with life on the pages. And the ending, I won't say anything except it broke my heart.

It was a surprise I liked this book as much as I did since it has been featured in a lot of publications getting rave reviews. I usually don't connect with books that the masses and critics like. Instead of going "Eh" like I usually do after reading a book that everyone says is good, it left me sobbing like a silly girl and thinking about my life. I definitely recommend it and strongly encourage EVERYONE to read it.

So, definitely a book to check out, especially if you like fiction that explores relationships between people and is all about "not seeing what is right in front of your face" when it comes to emotions/love.

Read it!

Odd Book.

Sep. 12th, 2009 11:04 pm
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I am just popping in to check email tonight because I don't want to be stuck online for an extended period. I have become "vampire-like" in my "swap around of nights and days" and need to fix this. I want to be up during the day so i can get out and enjoy the last warm days before the cold Fall days set in.

I ended up reading a whole book this evening because I got two books in the mail through swaptree. The book was Candy Girl:A Year in the Life of an Unlikely Stripper (A Memoir) by Diablo Cody...yes the woman who wrote the film Juno. I am not quite sure what to make of the book because the author just documents, with humor, her time in the stripper/sex entertainment business without any deep thoughts about it. Not that I expected any but it is a bit odd to have just a humor-tinged, matter of fact, written account of this time period in Cody's life. Especially since she was extremely drawn to it and compelled to do it from within herself...but she doesn't question what could have made her want to strip for strangers. She treats it as a mystery. I guess you can say, I don't buy that.

How can a woman say she is compelled to strip for strangers, to work a porn store booth, and not have any introspection as to what attracted her to it. She cites she liked the money but doesn't say that is what drew her to the business. I love her spirit and humor but I feel she hides behind that it a bit to not truly say what made her enter this type of business or why she finally "hit the wall" and left it in tears one night as she was working. She states she had no sexual abuse of any kind and a perfectly normal upbringing...but still doesn't explore the "whys" of her actions. It seems a bit like she is afraid to expose herself while exposing herself in the book, and her experiences stripping.

The fact she relishes the stories of the women she worked with...fed on their hard-luck stories and enjoyed their tales of turning tricks just irked me a bit. Like she was an voyeur into her own life and into the lives of those who had harder lives than herself during that time period. It just seems interesting but, very "hidden" in feel because you enjoy the humorous persona she uses when she writes but, can tell it is a front to protect herself. If that makes sense?

Anyway, I go from that book to another but, I cannot help feeling a bit dis-satisfied with Cody's book.

Speaking of books, my "Books I Have Read" list for 2009 has really grown large and it is only Sept! I guess I must be in a reading mood this year. 55 books so far and I still have a few months to go before Jan. rolls around.

Okay, time for me to head offline and read a little more to add to that ever growing list.

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