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Popcorn & Prejudice: A Movie Blog

Seattle Times writer Moira Macdonald muses on moviegoing. Email Moira: mmacdonald@seattletimes.com.

August 10, 2009 at 9:58 AM

What I read on my summer vacation

So, did you all have a nice week? I’m back from vacation, making my way through about 600 emails and figuring out what’s going on in the movie world. (“G.I. Joe” made $56 million? Really? Did you see it?) Haven’t seen a movie in over a week — except for a re-visit of “Julie & Julia,” which I’ll blog about later — so this morning’s post is about books; namely, vacation reading. Here’s what I read last week in sunny (but mercifully not too hot) California, in between eating too much:
“Julia Child: A Life ” by Laura Shapiro. Lovely though brief bio of the great French chef, full of tasty anecdotes.
“Three Junes” by Julia Glass. For my book group. Enjoyed but didn’t love it.
“Shutter Island” by Dennis Lehane. For the upcoming Scorsese movie. Tight, scary thriller and a really fast read. Should translate well to the screen.
“C is for Corpse” by Sue Grafton. I love the Kinsey Millhone mysteries, and it was a kick to find an older one I’d never read.
“Waiter Rant” by Steve Dublanica. Found this writer on a blog a year or so ago; he’s very funny and paints a great (though sometimes scary) picture of life behind the scenes at a New York bistro.
And a New Yorker. And an In Style, from which I only remember a long piece about Vanessa Hudgens, who is really far too young to be an authority on lip color and accessories so I have no idea why I read it. It was a lovely vacation. And what are you reading?

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