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Julie

Julie, LA

Julie is the worlds greatest undiscovered screen-writing genius. In her spare time she works deep undercover in Culver City trying to affect social and politcal changes in the City of Angels, which would enable SF to win the impending war with LA with one descive blow.

For the Six Feet Under crowd who are still above ground

The Lovely Bones
by Alice Sebold
A young girl tells the story of life after her death while looking down on earth from her version of heaven.

The Joy of Funerals
by Alix Strauss
A series of short fictional stories about people who've each suffered the death of a loved one or friend. Sounds more depressing than it is. Well-written. Weird. Interesting.

Stiff: The Curious Lives of Human Cadavers
by Mary Roach
Taken from her Salon column, funny (yes, funny) tales of what happens to your body after you've left. Macabre. Fascinating.

Historical fiction

The Map that Changed the World: William Smith and the Birth of Modern Geology
by Simon Winchester
This guy figured out that there was more to the origin of the world than religion led them to believe. And then he made a map to prove it.

The Professor and the Madman: A Tale of Murder, Insanity, and the Making of the Oxford English Dictionary
by Simon Winchester
About the total wack job genius who contributed the most definitions to this quintessential dictionary. Yes, there is a theme to Winchester's works. Crazy men doing extraordinary things. Professor is better than Map, but both are very interesting.

Lighter

The Nanny Diaries
by Emma McLaughlin and Nicola Kraus
Nanny braves the world of the rich and medicated.

Fascinating

Bee Season
by Myla Goldberg
(Went to high school with Megan Wilkinson) Young family struggles with pressures of growing up and parenting with some mystical Judaism and other faiths thrown into the mix.

About Hollywood, therefore fascinating to some, banal to others

Adventures in the Screen Trade: A Personal View of Hollywood and Screenwriting
by William Goldman
Which Lie Did I Tell: More Adventures in the Screen Trade
by William Goldman
WG is one of the best screenwriters of all time. From Butch Cassidy to Princess Bride, he's written some of our favorite films. His behind-the-scenes musings on Hollywood are hilarious, if you're into that sort of thing. And we went to the same college (Oberlin), which I happen to think is cool.

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