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J LHLS Archives: December 2005

Thursday, December 29, 2005

Alternate Beauty
By Andrea Rains Waggener
Published by Bantam Dell, August 2005

Review by Ida Vega-Landow

I don't know when I've enjoyed a more satisfying read! Such a simple story; at least it starts out that way, with an overweight woman, Ronnie Tremayne, who dreams of being a fashion designer. But she has to settle for being a saleswoman in a plus-size boutique because she lacks confidence, thanks to a perfectionist Rich Bitch mother who starves herself to remain a perfect size 10, as well as the daily insults she and every other fat person has to endure from a society that equates thin with beautiful. It all comes to a head when Mommy Dearest informs Ronnie that her boss, an overweight woman herself, is thinking of letting her go because the customers at Luscious Landing Large Women's Clothing Boutique find her weight "disturbing". How can fat women find another fat woman disturbing? Poor Ronnie is only a size 28! Compared to some of the human hippos I've seen taking up two bus seats, she sounds positively girlish! [more]

Posted by Ida Vega Landow @ 10:19 PM PST [Link]

Sunday, December 25, 2005

Green River, Running Red
By Ann Rule
Published by Pocket Star, a division of Simon and Schuster, Inc.

Review by Richard Mellott

This True Crime story about the serial killer who stalked the South side of Seattle for many years is quite gripping from page 1 to the end. We are all fascinated with death and mayhem, and this man provided us with plenty of grist for the mill. Our author, who lived in the area during the era, was writing other stories, and going to local readings, but kept up on this story as it developed. Once Gary Ridgway was identified as the Green River Killer, and his picture published, both she and her daughter recognized him as a man who silently watched from the wings as she gave book talks about other murder cases. Her personal involvement in the investigations, and her previous police investigator experience, lend a great deal of credibility to her descriptive accounts of the long investigation's evolution. [more]

Posted by Richard Mellott @ 07:44 PM PST [Link]

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