Jenny Lawson

Three books to remind readers of the darker side of life.



Jenny Lawson, aka "The Bloggess," knows that the most humiliating moments in your life are often the ones that define you -- plus, they're the ones that readers find most funny. Let's Pretend This Never Happened (A Mostly True Memoir), collects some of her most harebrained and embarrassing exploits, pictures included. But woven throughout these escapades are genuinely touching chapters on subjects as deeply personal as the birth of her daughter after repeated miscarriages. The LOLs are real -- and so are the human moments. This week she picks three books "to remind you of the darker side of life."


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Bloody Business

By H Paul Jeffers


"Bloody, bizarre, and, best of all, true -- this review of the history of crime in Britain includes some of the most intriguing and sensational cases ever handled by Scotland Yard. Strange murders, serial killers, bodies left in trunks: it's the perfect book to read in the bath...or maybe to teach you how to get away with murder."



Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil

By John Berendt


"The sort-of true story about the awesome and sometimes eccentric residents of Savannah, Georgia, focusing on one of its most infamous murders. There's something really lovely about this book that has you missing the strongly written characters as soon as the story is over. Plus, it's hard not to feel normal by comparison -- always a plus in my book."



Chang and Eng

By Darin Strauss


"Darin Strauss combines fact and fiction to create the story to Chang and Eng, arguably the most famous conjoined twins of all time. The pair toured the world as a curiosity act in the 1800s, eventually settling in America, where they married sisters and fathered twenty-one children between them. The brothers lived more than sixty years without ever being more than seven inches apart, and Chang and Eng explores what that extraordinary life must have been like."

April 23: " 'A job,' the woman repeated again, smiling, as if I hadn't heard her. 'Would you like one?' "

Kenneth Calhoun (Black Moon) and Lysley Tenorio (Monstress) of the Discover Great New Writers program on B-movies, heritage, and finales.

Books, CDs, DVDs to know about now
In the Light of What We Know

Zia Haider Rahman's mystery of a brilliant Bangladeshi mathematician's past barrels through the Ivy League, London high finance, and spy-haunted Afghanistan in a page-turning tale of exile, intrigue and the price of friendship. A Discover Great New Writers selection.

The People's Platform

Once touted as the foundation for tomorrow's digital democracy, the Internet is increasingly ruled by a few corporate giants, while millions of contributors till its fields for free. Astra Taylor looks at why the web has failed to deliver a communitarian cyberscape, and offers a compelling case for restoring its original vision.

A Private Venus

Dubbed "the Italian Simenon," Giorgio Scerbanenco (1911-1969) began his crime-writing career with books set in the USA, but quickly shifted scene closer to home, the city of Milan.  In this adventure, appearing in English for the first time, his underdog hero Dr. Duca Lamberti finds himself in the middle of a seedy, scantily clad criminal racket, where the presence of an outsider could result in death.