Last day of Awesomeness

Stella Link is singularly awesome because they are letting their favorite bitter little intern (me) have her own month to talk about all the stuff she thinks is awesome. So, get on your reading glasses and find out what the kids think is fresh and happenin' these days!

Since today is the last day of the month, we're going to go near apocalypse today. Ok, only one has a near apocalypse, but you get the point.

The first is BOOMSDAY, by the riotously hilarious Christopher Buckley. (You might have heard of his novel, THANK YOU FOR SMOKING?) Outraged over the mounting Social Security debt, Cassandra Devine, a charismatic 29-year-old blogger and member of Generation Whatever, incites massive cultural warfare when she politely suggests that Baby Boomers be given government incentives to kill themselves by age 75. Her modest proposal catches fire with millions of citizens, chief among them "an ambitious senator." With the help of Washington's greatest spin doctor, the blogger and the politician try to ride the issue of euthanasia for Boomers (called "transitioning") all the way to the White House, over the objections of the Religious Right, and of course, the Baby Boomers, who are deeply offended by demonstrations on the golf courses of their retirement resorts.
This book is clever, timely and full of lively characters. A perfect light-hearted read for Election Season.

Next, we have the equally plausible WORLD WAR Z: AN ORAL HISTORY OF THE ZOMBIE WAR by Max Brooks. The Zombie War came unthinkably close to eradicating humanity. Presented in the form of transcribed interviews are the acid-etched, first-hand experiences of the survivors from those apocalyptic years, from decimated cities that once teemed with millions of souls to the most remote and inhospitable areas of the planet. From twelve-year-old "Patient Zero" in the village of New Dachang in the United Federation of China, to the United States of Southern Africa, where the "Redeker Plan" provided hope for humanity at an unspeakable price, WORLD WAR Z is the 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.
It's haunting, ass-kicking and actually made me tear up a couple times. (And from what I've heard about the upcoming movie, the book is infinitely better.)

So, there ya go! Two great books to keep you occupied this holiday weekend!

Jerusha got her BA in English from Sam Houston State University. She's an award winning speaker and writer, but prefers to be known as a hipster and a vagabond. You can follow her worldly misadventures on twitter and instagram.