World War Z: An Oral History of the Zombie War by Max Brooks
Published on: September 12, 2006
Genres: Fiction, Horror
Source: Personal Copy
About the Book
The Zombie War came unthinkably close to eradicating humanity. Max Brooks, driven by the urgency of preserving the acid-etched first-hand experiences of the survivors from those apocalyptic years, traveled across the United States of America and throughout the world, from decimated cities that once teemed with upwards of thirty million souls to the most remote and inhospitable areas of the planet. He recorded the testimony of men, women, and sometimes children who came face-to-face with the living, or at least the undead, hell of that dreadful time. World War Z is the result. Never before have we had access to a document that so powerfully conveys the depth of fear and horror, and also the ineradicable spirit of resistance, that gripped human society through the plague years.
Ranging from the now infamous village of New Dachang in the United Federation of China, where the epidemiological trail began with the twelve-year-old Patient Zero, to the unnamed northern forests where untold numbers sought a terrible and temporary refuge in the cold, to the United States of Southern Africa, where the Redeker Plan provided hope for humanity at an unspeakable price, to the west-of-the-Rockies redoubt where the North American tide finally started to turn, this invaluable chronicle reflects the full scope and duration of the Zombie War.
Most of all, the book captures with haunting immediacy the human dimension of this epochal event. Facing the often raw and vivid nature of these personal accounts requires a degree of courage on the part of the reader, but the effort is invaluable because, as Mr. Brooks says in his introduction, “By excluding the human factor, aren’t we risking the kind of personal detachment from history that may, heaven forbid, lead us one day to repeat it? And in the end, isn’t the human factor the only true difference between us and the enemy we now refer to as ‘the living dead’?”
Note: Some of the numerical and factual material contained in this edition was previously published under the auspices of the United Nations Postwar Commission.
Now I don’t own a lot of Dior Eye Shadow Palettes. I am always in lust with them and I stop by the Dior display at Sephora every time I am in the store. EVERY.SINGLE.TIME. Seriously, it’s like I’m some kind of Dior eye shadow stalker of some kind. It’s kind of sad…and creepy if I’m being honest. While these palettes tend to be a bit pricey (um hello it’s freaking DIOR), it’s not the price that puts me off. No, my issue tends to be selecting just which one to buy. Like they all look so pretty and swatch so well on my skin that I have an impossible time trying to choose just one, or two. I.WANT.ALL.THE.THINGS. Seriously, it’s a problem. So when the new DIOR 5 Couleurs Cosmopolite Palettes landed on my desk I was stupidly giddy. Join me as I venture down the rabbit hole my friends as I take a look at the first of two palettes from the Dior Cosmopolite Collection for Fall 2015. Let me introduce you to (766) Exubérante!
Muji Moisture Milk For Sensitive Skin Moisture
Finding new skincare is always a treat for me. While I do have a few tried, tested and true items in my skincare routine, I am always on the look out for new products to test out. Lately for me, simpler has been better when it comes to products and that is especially true of this Moisturising Milk for Sensitive Skin Moisture that I picked up earlier in the month from Muji.
All Involved: A Novel by Ryan Gattis
Published by Ecco
Published on: April 7, 2015
Genres: Fiction, Law & Crime
Length: 11 hours and 42 minutes
Source: From the Library
About the Book
At 3:15 p.m. on April 29, 1992, a jury acquitted two Los Angeles Police Department officers charged with using excessive force to subdue civilian Rodney King, and failed to reach a verdict on the same charges involving a third officer. Less than two hours later, the city of L.A., a powder keg of racial tension, exploded in violence as people took to the streets in a riot that lasted six days. In 144 hours, fifty-three lives were lost. Yet, that number does not account for the murders that occurred outside active rioting sites—some committed by gangbangers who used the chaos to viciously settle old scores.
A gritty and cinematic work of fiction, All Involved vividly recreates this turbulent and terrifying time through seventeen interconnected first-person narratives. Focusing on a sliver of Los Angeles almost completely ignored by the media during the riots, Ryan Gattis paints a portrait of modern America itself—laying bare our history, our prejudices, and our complexities. Resonant with the voices of gang members, firefighters, graffiti kids, and nurses caught up in these extraordinary circumstances, All Involved is a literary tour de force that catapults this edgy writer into the ranks of such legendary talents as Dennis Lehane and George V. Higgins.
It’s been a while since I’ve worn a lip gloss if I’m being honest. For the last few months, it’s been nothing but liquid lipstick or the occasional traditional lipstick for me. Which is kind of sad because all of that lip gloss has just been sitting around, waiting to be worn. So neglected! Le Sigh. When two new Dior Addict Fluid Sticks from the Fall 2015 Cosmopolite Collection landed on my desk, I thought that there was no better way to reintroduce my lips to all things glossy than to take these for a test drive.