My pal D Money recently rattled off a list of books she's enjoyed recently.
My list goes as follows:
Sex, Drugs & Cocoa Puffs by Chuck Klosterman (thanks to Micah for the birthday present). It's a great statement on pop culture and the media. Seeing as I'm a member of the latter, I enjoyed the essay.
We Were the Mulvaneys by Joyce Carol Oates. She's the author in residence at Princeton University. The novel is about a loving, idylic family that is ripped to shreds by a rape. Good read, but JCO is a bit long winded where descriptions are concerned. I'd say that it would be a three hour movie that could have an hour edited out of it.
The Lovely Bones by Alice Sebold. I'm only about 200 pages in, but so far this is a page turner. It's about a teenage girl who's raped, killed and dismembered. She describes her personal heaven and visits people (like family and friends) while the cops try to crack the case.