Books I checked out of the library today

In an effort to make myself think of something else, I checked out several books from the library today. I’ve already read two now and will probably go and get more tomorrow before I go home from my boyfriend’s. (I use his town’s library because it’s bigger and better and awesomer than libraries where I live. I used his address to get a card. This is probably not, technically, allowed, but the library police have yet to come and arrest me.)

And here are Meaghan’s distract-herself-from-stress books:

Final Journey by Gudrun Pausewang, a children’s novel about a twelve-year-old girl and her grandfather in a cattle car on their way to Auschwitz and the gas chambers.
Fool by Christopher Moore, a retelling of King Lear from the points of view of two minor characters in the original play. I’ve read most of Moore’s other books and he’s one of my favorite authors of all time. I’ve practically suffocated laughing at his stories.
Keeping Corner by Kashmira Sheth, a novel about a twelve-year-old girl in mid-twentieth century India whose husband (whom she married at nine and didn’t live with yet) dies, leaving her in the terrible position of being a Hindu widow without having ever really been a wife.
New Boy by Julian Houston, a novel about a black teenager from a wealthy family in the South in the 1950s. His family wants him to get a real education outside the segregated schools, so he becomes the first black student enrolled in a fancy boarding school in Connecticut.
The Paranoid’s Pocket Guide to Mental Disorders You Can Just Feel Coming On by Dennis DiClaudio, a collection of truly weird mental disorders I’d never heard of before, told in a humorous format.
The Whisperers: Private Life in Stalin’s Russia by Orlando Figes, a scholarly tome over 700 pages long, which got excellent reviews. I’m reading it now and I can tell you the first 64 pages are great.
Farewell, Babylon: Coming of Age in Jewish Baghdad by Naim Kattan, a memoir about the author growing up as a Jew in Iraq, then having to leave in the 1940s due to antisemitism.
Allah is Not Obliged by Ahmadou Kourouma, a novel about a child soldier in the Ivory Coast.
Getting Stoned with Savages by J. Maarten Troost, a travel memoir about the author’s experiences in Fiji and Vanatu.
A Diary in the Strict Sense of the Term by Bronislaw Malinowski, extracts from the notes and diaries of an anthropologist in Papua New Guinea.

Trying to stay away from my usual complement of Depressing Literature. The last four are for my Around the World Challenge, where I’m trying to read at least one book set in every country in the world.

36 thoughts on “Books I checked out of the library today

  1. Karen June 29, 2009 / 10:35 pm

    The library police won’t arrest you for that.

    If they ask, extol the virtues of their library over your town’s version. Do they allow you to pay for an out of city card?

    Stay strong!

    Karen from the New York Public Library (which requires photo ID and proof of current address!)

  2. Cheryl June 30, 2009 / 12:18 pm

    Too cute….theres actually someone in here that works at a public library!! Careful what you confess to MEG!!

    Can’t believe you already read 2 of the books. You a speed reader?

    And by the way……how is boyfriend doing as far as being supportive? You never really said.

    • Meaghan June 30, 2009 / 11:10 pm

      I’m not a fast reader so much as an obsessive one. It’s not at all unusual for me to read three or four books a day — I’m trying to read 365 this year, and I’m ahead so far. Neither of those books were very long anyway.

      My boyfriend’s been good. On Sunday I saw him for the first time since this happened. I felt a little better at his house.

  3. Cheryl June 30, 2009 / 8:09 pm

    And what happened to Aimee and Anthony? Something is odd about them suddenly disappearing. They were in here more than anyone.

  4. Kevin July 1, 2009 / 9:53 pm

    Meghan, hope ur doing better. This site is such an accomplishment. That u should know. More than the other sites, you give accurate and concise details of a particular case. Only in due time will it be realized how many people u have helped. But I just felt compelled to let u know that. Keep reading, the cure for all. I’ll shout out a couple of recommendations (hey, I work in admin library at SDSU):

    1.) Murder Cases of the 20th Century, by David Frasier
    2.) Conversations With A Killer (Ted Bundy) by Michaud and Ayensworth
    3.) Payton, by Connie, Jarrett, and Brittney Payton. I love this book, whether a sports fan or not. Do check this one out and tell me what you think f it.
    4.) Miracle in the Andes: 72 Days on the Mountain and My Long Trek Home

  5. maureen July 2, 2009 / 3:03 am

    One of my sisters says that I read not for the sake of knowledge, but for escape. Hey, it beats heroin, esp. if there’s a good library nearby. Luckily for me, the Seattle Public system is very good.

    If I can make a suggestion—the book “Italian Journey” by Barbara Grizzuti Harrison is a favorite. She takes a leisurely trip from Milan southwards, enjoying good food, meeting people, and tries to capture the essence of life in Italy. The book is refreshingly free of self-referential display (in contrast with ‘Eat,Pray,Love” which made me wish the author had never left NY). BGH is a wonderful travel companion.

  6. emma l July 3, 2009 / 4:50 pm

    Crikey Meaghan, you sure like to read. I considered myself an obsessive reader but thats reading a book every 3 days. You put me to shame!!! Still, it is occupying your mind , which is a good thing. The Paranoid’s Pocket Guide to Mental Disorders You Can Just Feel Coming on sounds excellent. Let me know how it is.

    And yes Cheryl I think the Aimee and Anthony thing is super weird as

  7. Aimee July 4, 2009 / 1:42 pm

    Chery, Emma: we didn’t fall off the face of the earth. But please e-mail me, to learn the solution to The Mystery of the Vanishing Blog Posters. I think you may be very intreested in some of the clues that will be uncovered.

    • forthelost July 4, 2009 / 3:52 pm

      You should just say it – you think that her blog post on the eighteenth is entirely fictitious.

  8. Aimee July 4, 2009 / 4:04 pm

    Yes, in fact, Anthony and I both do, and did almost from the get-go. I did speak with Meaghan by private e-mail about my suspicions just a coupel days after she first posted it, and of course she denied that it was fictitious, although she denied it neither angrily or even with much surprise. That alone would have raised a red flag: if you were raped for real, and somebody told you she didn’t believe you, wouldn’t you be very upset and hurt?
    I had not intended to post about this on the blog, but since it’s out in the open…
    Does anybody remember how she posted a couple times about how, as a small child, she was smart enough to run away froma guy on her street who promised her a rose if she’d come into his house with him?
    Would that same small child grow up to be somebody who cold be enticed off a bus in a strange city bya strange (presumably scroungy homeless) man, and enticed into the dark woods with him? (Enter the currently very trendy Asperger’s Defense.)
    I think somebody has tried to play us for fools.

    • forthelost July 4, 2009 / 4:10 pm

      By talking about mysteries and enticing others to e-mail you, you are posting about it in a roundabout way.

    • Meaghan July 8, 2009 / 1:04 am

      By all means keep the debate in public, here, Aimee. I don’t like people talking behind my back.

      He did NOT look like he was homeless. I wonder if the cops had the right suspect there, because he was clean and well-groomed and not stinky, and his clothes were clean and in good shape and whatever. Though if he lived in the woods, it would explain why he knew them so well. I still don’t know who he was, and apparently neither do they.

      No one who knows me in real life was surprised to learn I had gone into the woods with a stranger. Unfortunately I am not as “street smart” in real life as I might sound online. My boyfriend was always warning me something like this was going to happen someday. (When I told him about it, he said something about how hopefully I would from this day forward keep my head out of my ass.) Normally even I wouldn’t have done something that dumb, but that night I was extremely stressed and tired, and when I’m stressed and tired I get stupid. No one regrets this more than I.

      Was I angry? I was sickened at first. I got angry later. But there didn’t seem to be much point in trying to convince you of anything. I don’t need to justify myself to you. It happened to me, and if you choose not to believe me, I guess that’s your problem. But if you’re going to attack me in public, let me answer you in public rather than having you spread slander about me in private emails.

      • Joanne July 8, 2009 / 3:04 pm

        I know you saisd you were writing a book at one point.

        Meaghan, are you practicing your creative writing skills in this blog?

  9. Cheryl July 6, 2009 / 1:22 pm

    Lets take this debate to private email please. . ragging it into the Charley Project is probably a bad idea. This takes away from what the site is all about.


    • Cheryl July 6, 2009 / 1:23 pm

      That should say “Dragging”

      • forthelost July 6, 2009 / 3:55 pm

        I apologize – I just knew what the commenter was alluding to and I wanted to simply call them out for it.

  10. emma l July 6, 2009 / 2:59 pm

    In Meaghans defence I would like to say that I do not think the blog post is ficticious. I can see no reason why someone would post something like that if it were not true.

    I do agree with Cheryl that it serves no purpose to discuss it here anyway.
    I have the sinking feeling that there is another agenda that I am not aware of. I am not sure what is going on here at all.

  11. Kevin July 6, 2009 / 4:30 pm

    There was a blog post a few weeks back stating “things not to do so you don’t disappear”, or something to that effect. I agree with some here on a few things. Why would a woman who runs a site on people who have vanished and never seen again go to a new town, meet a “homeless looking man” on a bus and go with him anywhere, and not expect a thing to happen? I’m not saying what has been posted is false, but highly unusual considering she has probably written about this sort of occurrence hundreds of times before. Just my take.

    • Meaghan July 8, 2009 / 12:43 am

      He wasn’t homeless-looking. When the cops said they were looking at a homeless person I was very surprised. I would never have suspected he was homeless.

  12. Cheryl July 6, 2009 / 6:32 pm

    Hard to say Kevin. Why do any of us do what we do? If I remember correctly she said she was stressed or freaking out (possibly lost). I guess her defenses could have been down. I know one thing we don’t always think before we do and we all tend to have that “It can’t happen to me” attituted. I’m not going to question whether or not she is telling the truth. If it did happens she needs our support and if it didn’t happen it seems to me she needs our support even more, because something is seriously wrong.

    Meg if you are reading these comments you really need to talk to us. Haven’t seen you in days. I notice you only respond to certain people and lately I have been one of them. Talk to us girl, I for one would like to know if you are ok.

  13. Kevin July 6, 2009 / 7:52 pm

    I hope whatever is going on that everything is ok with her. She does a great job on this site and it does a lot of good.

  14. Cheryl July 7, 2009 / 11:00 am

    She does that. Maybe she went and got help? No one else works this site except for her so theres no one to tell us whats going on. I’m trying not to worry about her but I can’t help it. I do hope shes ok.

  15. Aimee July 7, 2009 / 12:36 pm

    I agree. I still have enormous respect for the Charley Project and the way she’s run it. Fabulous site, and I don’t think there’s another site about missing people that’s quite like it.

  16. Cheryl July 7, 2009 / 6:01 pm

    Hi Aimee! You are so right. I come here every day I’m at work. Can you believe I am reading EVERY case file? I started with the oldest and I’m working my way to the present. I am currently in the year 1998.

    I did skip ahead to 2008 and noticed that most of the people missing are dependant adults. Kind of scary considering I could be one one day.

  17. Aimee July 7, 2009 / 7:59 pm

    I did that too, when I first stumbled onto Charley’s predecessor, the MPCCN. That was over five years ago, maybe more. Did the same when I discovered Charley had been reborn. Luckily I caught it fairly early on so I was able to catch up quickly and only had to read the daily updates. lol

  18. Joanne July 7, 2009 / 8:03 pm

    Could there have been an issue with the man met over the internet which was the reason for the trip?

  19. Cheryl July 7, 2009 / 8:57 pm

    She met him on the internet? I don’t know how I missed so much but most of the stuff I’m learning is from you guys. Are you saying the guy she met in DC was someone from the net? If not, then who are you talking about?

  20. Joanne July 7, 2009 / 9:14 pm

    Yes. She said in an earlier blog posting that she met him on the internet. She had never met him in person.

  21. Joanne July 7, 2009 / 9:22 pm

    “In slightly more than one month’s time I will be taking off for a week, going to the lovely city of Washington DC. I will be gone from June 14 to June 22. I am visiting a friend whom I’ve known online for nine and a half years but have never met in person before. He’s promised not to rape me, kill me or force me into prostitution, and I’ve promised not to rob him blind or throw wild parties in his apartment (unless he wants me to).”

    • Meaghan July 8, 2009 / 2:40 am

      Yes, I went to DC to stay with an internet friend. He did not attack me, though. In fact, he was absolutely awesome about the whole thing and I can’t think of a better person I could have been with in this situation. This man and I have a brother-sister sort of relationship. We’ve known each other a long time.

  22. Meaghan July 8, 2009 / 3:22 pm

    I know you saisd you were writing a book at one point.

    Meaghan, are you practicing your creative writing skills in this blog?

    No. Only my expository writing skills.

    If I were making up a story about getting raped I would tell it in a way that made me look less like a complete moron.

    • maureen July 9, 2009 / 2:42 am

      Brava! Good answer, Meaghan.

    • Meaghan July 12, 2009 / 12:52 am

      Yes, I wrote that. Why do you keep posting links to my stories?

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