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The Vine

The Tomato Nation advice column addresses your questions on etiquette, grammar, romance, and pet misbehavior. Ask The Readers about books or fashion today!

A World Apart: Women, Prison, and Life Behind Bars
March 5, 2007 · Comments Off on A World Apart: Women, Prison, and Life Behind Bars

The writing can be kind of pro forma at times, but Rathbone does paint a vivid picture most of the time. My only real complaint is that I'd have liked more follow-up on some of …

Wiseguy
March 5, 2007 · Comments Off on Wiseguy

A fun, fast read if, like me, you've seen Goodfellas about a bazillion times.

Why Girls Are Weird
March 5, 2007 · Comments Off on Why Girls Are Weird

It is — to the surprise of nobody, I'm sure — an excellent book. It's funny, it's touching, and it's so smoothly written that you just can't stop reading it; I finished it in one …

Whitewash: The Report on the Warren Report
March 5, 2007 · Comments Off on Whitewash: The Report on the Warren Report

While it's hardly even-handed (and also REALLY hard to read because, in the original, he typeset it himself and his caps alignment is fucked, so it's like reading a really small-fonted term paper), it's really …

What Just Happened? Bitter Hollywood Tales from the Front Line
March 5, 2007 · Comments Off on What Just Happened? Bitter Hollywood Tales from the Front Line

Eh. Not nearly enough dirt, the interstitial bits with Jerry are forced — if you read the excerpt in Vanity Fair, you don't need to read the whole thing.

We Have Always Lived in the Castle
March 5, 2007 · Comments Off on We Have Always Lived in the Castle

The problem here is that it's pretty clear early in the book what had actually happened (sorry for the vagueness, I don't want to ruin it for anyone), which is a shame; Jackson's first-person narration …

Watchmen
March 5, 2007 · Comments Off on Watchmen

Parts of it haven't dated well, I don't think, and while I like the build, the ending is not my favorite — I got that inorganic "because I said so" feeling from it. Still an …

Until the Twelfth of Never: The Deadly Divorce of Dan and Betty Broderick
March 5, 2007 · Comments Off on Until the Twelfth of Never: The Deadly Divorce of Dan and Betty Broderick

It's a good read; it seems overly long for a true-crime book when you start it, but I can't see where I would have cut it. (In fact, I might have added to it; we …

Under the Banner of Heaven
March 5, 2007 · Comments Off on Under the Banner of Heaven

It's excellent, both as a true crime account and as an overview of the birth of Mormonism (although I don't imagine Mormons look too kindly on it, but it's quite evenhanded). Fast read, fascinating subject. …

Truman Capote: In Which Various Friends, Enemies, Acquaintances and Detractors Recall His Turbulent Career
March 5, 2007 · Comments Off on Truman Capote: In Which Various Friends, Enemies, Acquaintances and Detractors Recall His Turbulent Career

So gossipy and good; I loved it. It's all the best parts of Capote and that SNL oral history, and even when you aren't sure what (or whom) they're talking about, it's very bitchy and …