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Wow, Wao! Miss LGG’s Book of the Week
April 19, 2008, 4:13 am
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Looking for something good to read? This week I bring you one of my top books of the year…

This debut novel by Junot Diaz contains one of the most memorable, endearing characters I’ve encountered in a long while. Pushing 250 lbs, young “ghetto nerd” Oscar Wao, aspiring science-fiction author and role-playing game master, dreams of becoming the Dominican J.R.R. Tolkien. He also loves, loves, loves the ladies, but his extreme social awkwardness prevents him from having his affections requited. His family is also cursed. Poor guy.

“You really want to know what being an X-Man feels like? Just be a smart bookish boy of color in a contemporary US ghetto. Mamma mia! Like having bat wings or a pair of tentacles growing out of your chest.”

Though you could read the book for the title character alone, there is soooo much more packed into this fast-reading, artfully constructed (yet not pretentious) debut and Pulitzer-prize winning novel. Oscar’s family, the de Leons have roots stretching back to the Dominican Republic of the brutal, almost supernaturally evil dictator Rafael Trujillo–the source of the De Leon’s (and many Dominican’s) curse or fuku. The family has the bad habit (and don’t I know it) of falling hopelessly in love with the wrong people.

Believe the hype! Alternately heartbreaking and hilarious, filled with magical elements, historical details of the Trujillo reign, and plenty of nerdy sci-fi, superhero, Tolkien references The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao is a stunning novel of a family seeking love and redemption in the New World.

Read it and we’ll discuss!


Miss LGG


Rock on Judy Blume
April 9, 2008, 8:17 pm
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Did you know? Young Adult author Judy Blume has five books on the ALA’s 100 most frequently challenged books list. Also on the list are such horrifying and corrupt tales as Harry Potter, Where’s Waldo and Huckleberry Finn.

Judy Blume! Author of classics such as Tales of a Fourth Grade Nothing, Superfudge, and Are You There God It’s Me Margaret!

I remember being in seventh-grade Catholic school all knee-socked, and plaid-jumpered, covertly passing the book Forever by Judy Blume under our desks, the tingle-inducing parts marked with folded pages. See in Catholic school, we didn’t learn about the in’s and out’s of the birds and the bees. Get my drift? We knew that something bad (yet good) happened to result in a baby, but we were never quite told the dirty details, leaving us all a confused and obsessed lot. Judy Blume answered many questions for us young ladies and I will always be grateful to her for that. At that tender age, we were thinking about it, we were looking for the answers, and if we didn’t find it in Judy Blume, we eventually would have found it in our older brother’s porn collections. Did reading those honest pages makes us run out and screw everything in sight? Of course not! It was however, nice to know the un-catholicized truth.

In this video she talks about censorship and why she wrote the book Forever. Basically she wrote it in response to her fourteen year old daughter reading all sorts of literature relating sexuality to guilt and punishment.

“I wanted to allow a young women to enjoy her sexuality.”

Rock on Judy Blume!

“[I]t’s not just the books under fire now that worry me. It is the books that will never be written. The books that will never be read. And all due to the fear of censorship. As always, young readers will be the real losers.” Judy Blume


Miss LGG