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Book 9

  1. Pohl, Frederik — Gateway (278 pages)
  2. Clement, Hal — Mission of Gravity (193 pages)
  3. Benford, Gregory — Timescape (499 pages)
  4. O'Hare, Mick (editor) — Why Don't Penguins Feet Freeze? and 114 Other Questions (232 pages)
  5. Dos Passos, John — Number One (218 pages)
  6. Heller, Joseph — Catch-22 (457 pages)
  7. St. John of the Cross — Dark Night of the Soul (119 pages)
  8. Day, Dorothy — The Long Loneliness (286 pages)
  9. Allen, Ted, Kyan Douglas, Thom Filicia, Carson Kressley, and Jai Rodriguez — Queer Eye for the Straight Guy: The Fab 5's Guide to Looking Better, Cooking Better, Dressing Better, Behaving Better, and Living Better (250 pages)

Page count: 2,532 of targeted 12,500.

I was browsing through chrishansenhome and HWMBO's bookshelves and spotted this. As a fan of the television show, I had to flip through this, and I got sucked in. I took a couple afternoons off from Jude to read something a little lighter.

Okay, so this probably doesn't qualify as a real book, but I'm including it anyway. It certainly was not very closely edited. It's not as if the copy was riddled with typos or anything like that; it's just that the content wasn't very closely supervised.

The book is divided, naturally, into five sections, with each of the Fab Five covering his specialty, and the quality of the content varies accordingly. Carson, unsurprisingly, managed to write a whole bunch saying essentially nothing. Jai's section, filled with fragments masquerading as sentences, left you wondering (as I'm sure many who watch the show do) what exactly his contribution is, since he doesn't really say anything that isn't obvious from what the others tell you. On the other end you have Thom, who offers a lot of helpful tips and insight in a well presented and thought-out fashion.

The book actually is helpful in a way because it offers the same tips in distillation as the show, without the distraction of the hopeless straight guy featured in each episode who desperately needs dramatic intervention. I did pick up a few useful tips on cooking and grooming and gained valuable insight into Thom's wonderful method, even though Carson's section left me as confused about fashion as his typical couture choices do.

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