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Lean In Listening

Last we spokeLean In, I had just placed the order for a used copy of Dash Shaw’s Bottomless Belly Button, a comic-book-esque novel. Twelve days later and… I’m still waiting for the book to arrive. Should I be worried? I was told it would take 4-14 days so I guess I’m still within the limit, but I did get an email that it shipped more than a week ago. Hmm…

In the meantime, I finished listening to the Salt Sugar Fat audiobook by Michael Moss. I now know more about processed food then perhaps is safe. Thanks to the audiobook, I check labels, I think about the claims made by companies, and of course I worry about my levels of salt, sugar, and fat. But worrying hasn’t exactly translated into avoiding. Bread, chocolate, cheese, and much more are definitely still mainstays in my diet.

With Salt Sugar Fat behind me, I’ve moved on to another nonfiction listen, but one of a completely different nature. Enter Sheryl Sandberg’s Lean In. The Facebook COO’s book has been much talked about for months. Here’s the description:

Thirty years after women became 50 percent of the college graduates in the United States, men still hold the vast majority of leadership positions in government and industry. This means that women’s voices are still not heard equally in the decisions that most affect our lives. In Lean In, Sheryl Sandberg examines why women’s progress in achieving leadership roles has stalled, explains the root causes, and offers compelling, commonsense solutions that can empower women to achieve their full potential.

I’ve been meaning to borrow the book from Carley, but instead decided to go the audio route. The audiobook is narrated by Elisa Donovon. I’m really interested to hear what Sandbergy has to say though I am going in a tiny bit skeptical. However, I’ve heard lots of good things about it so I’m making sure to be open-minded.

Listening That Will Affect My Eating?

Salt Sugar FatI have finally gotten around to choosing a new audiobook and everyone who comes in contact with me regularly should be afraid.

That’s because I’ve decided to listen to Salt Sugar Fat: How the Food Giants Hooked Us by Michael Moss and read by Scott Brick. It’s basically this big expose of the processed food industry and how they have used salt, sugar, and fat to make us addicted to their products (and thus cause an obesity epidemic).

This is not at all my usual read, but I heard about it somewhere and I became determined to listen to it. It’s funny because I am not a health nut nor am I all that concerned about processed foods… though I have a feeling I will be soon. I am just a sucker for an audiobook that sounds like it will teach me really interesting things without boring me (see also: Born to Run).

The thing is, I’m a little nervous. I am worried it will make me want to change all my eating habits. Which, okay, is maybe not the worst thing in the world. Except for poor Andrew who will probably suffer the consequences. I am also afraid I will be telling everyone in a 5 block radius about what I hear and they will all get annoyed with me and not want to be my friend anymore.

Then again, maybe I will find it all fascinating, smile, and nod my head then go on my way eating Lays potato chips.

An Update: Where I Am Now

Born To RunTechnically, where I am now is lying in bed with my computer on my lap. But for this post, I meant a more figurative where I am in terms of my reading.

My blogging lately has been spotting at best (very sorry loyal readers!), so it seemed appropriate to fill you in on what I’ve been reading and what I will be reading. Just yesterday, I finished a book for work that goes on sale in the fall. I also dipped into some short essays from another work related book, but I’m not committed to an exclusive relationship with that one.

Instead, I’m about to finally start The Deep End of the Ocean. As a reminder, this is not really a book on my mom’s list but it kind of is since its sequel is on the list and well, read my blog post about it.

At the same time, I think I am getting close to the end of the Born To Run audiobook. (It’s a little hard for me to tell where I am in the program on my app.) And maybe, just maybe, it is motivating me to run a little after all. Maybe. A little.

So that’s my story and now back to the books.

More Bossypants Goodness

Tina Fey Bust MagazineSo who’s sick of hearing about the Bossypants audiobook?

I didn’t hear anything so I’m assuming that means no one!

Which is good because yesterday when I was going through my Google Reader I noticed a blog I follow called Baby Got Books linked to a cover of Bust magazine with Tina Fey on the cover (please see image to the right). I quickly realized this was not a recent issue (the file name tina-fey-bust-spring-2004-cover.jpg was my first hint) and that the blog was mostly excited about the sub head “Baby Got Book” that is so similar to their blog name. I was mostly excited because it gave me another excuse to post about Tina Fey. I mean one of the sub heads is “Very Freaky Girls: women of the early circus.” I feel like, despite the fact that that article has nothing to do with Tina Fey, it is just so Tina Fey.

I know that because I know a lot about Tina Fey now. And if you’re a friend, relative, or the person who lives with me and has to listen to me talk all the time, then you probably know a lot about Tina Fey now too. Almost everyday that I’ve listened to the Bossypants audio, I’ve come home with a fun tidbit about her. Lucky, Andrew.

Tina went to UVA. As did my brother so naturally he needed to know all about this chapter. Tina worked at the YMCA in Evanston. Many of my friends and I went to Northwestern… which is in Evanston! You would be surprised about how much other Bossypants material can be worked into a conversation. Then again if you are one of my friends, relatives or the person who lives with me and has to hear me talk all the time, you would no longer be that surprised.

So the point of this now rambling post is mostly to say that I am still listening to Bossypants, still really liking Bossypants, and still very sorry that I can’t stop mentioning it. I hope apology accepted.

UPDATED: Shortly after writing this post, I, of course, started listening to Bossypants again and Tina mentions this Bust magazine cover. Whoa!

I Started Bossypants

BossypantsYesterday, I finished So Much Pretty on audio and it was interesting, but also more than a little disturbing. The perfect antidote? Starting Tina Fey’s Bossypants audiobook this morning.

I’m pretty sure I chuckled on my way to work. I may have even smiled at the gym. These are things I don’t often do. These are things that will get me weird stares from strangers. I blame Tina Fey.

It’s like listening to an episode of 30 Rock that’s all about Liz Lemon. Okay, maybe slightly less absurd. But only slightly.

I’m probably about 30 minutes in, but I’m already worrying about it ending too soon. Tina Fey, I have a girl crush on you.

My Book(s) On The Side

The Book of JoeSo I decided that my next book from the list will be Richard Price’s Lush Life, but it will take me a few days to get a hold of it. In the meantime, I figured I might as well read something else and I’m going off list.

The book is Jonathan Tropper’s The Book of Joe. I bought this a while ago because I loved the author’s other book This Is Where I Leave You. Then Lauren told me that all of Tropper’s books are great and that she particularly liked The Book of Joe. I was sold. Since then it’s just sat on my bookshelf…until now.

But if we’re talking about my books on the side, I must also mention the audiobook I have going. I’m still listening to So Much Pretty by Cara Hoffman and it’s getting pretty disturbing right about now.

So that’s my reading/listening/book-ish life right now!