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Books with a Beu

Jamie Beu, owner and co-author (with his wife) of CatholicFamily.info, is a "cradle Catholic", devoted husband, and father of two girls. He is a regular contributor to his parish newsletter, as well as an impassioned defender of the faith who is able to both support and challenge others as necessary -- all in an effort to build-up Christ's Kingdom on Earth. To this end, he does a lot of reading - not just of religious books (for education and research), but also of secular books, both to decompress as well as to keep a finger on the pulse of pop culture (the better to relate to others, as well as to help restore the culture).

Currently reading

Strong Fathers, Strong Daughters: 10 Secrets Every Father Should Know
Meg Meeker, Meg Meeker
Dan Simmons
Boundaries: When to Say Yes, How to Say No to Take Control of Your Life
'John Townsend', 'Henry Cloud'
Boundaries Face to Face: How to Have That Difficult Conversation You've Been Avoiding
Henry Cloud
Jesus of Nazareth
Pope Benedict XVI, Adrian J. Walker
Permutation City
Greg Egan
Truth and Tolerance: Christian Belief and World Religions
Pope Benedict XVI
Is Jesus Coming Soon?: A Catholic Perspective on the Second Coming
Ralph Martin
Prelude to Foundation (Foundation: Prequel, #1)
Isaac Asimov
Autobiography of a Saint: Therese of Lisieux
Thérèse de Lisieux, Ronald A. Knox, Vernon Johnson

e Squared: A Novel

e Squared - Matt Beaumont Sophomore slumps are hard to overcome, because the sequel always has to have more characters than the original, more action than the original, more comedy than the original, more drama than the original... more, more, more! e^2 attempts to conquer this problem 2 ways: 1) by expanding on the email format of the original to now include IMs, text msgs, blogs, and news websites; and 2) not restricting itself to just the professional lives of the characters, but their personal lives as well. It mostly succeeds, but it definitely takes time to ramp up all this "more".

It starts off being not quite as funny as "e" - you're already familiar with about half of the characters, but it is 8 or 9 years later, so there is still a good bit of exposition that has to take place. Additionally, learning about the characters' personal lives is more frustrating than amusing at times - it's humorous to hear about dysfunctional workplaces, but not as fun to hear about dysfunctional families on the verge of divorce.