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The Minnesota Rollergirls square off in monthly bouts at the Roy Wilkins Auditorium, and on January 29, a traveling team will take on Raleigh, North Carolina in an interleague match. So what does a Rollergirl read to pass the time in the tour bus, the penalty box, and the hospital?


I am currently reading Christopher Moore's The Stupidest Angel. I've always felt that Christmas tales should include more zombies in them, and this book fits the bill. --Scarmen Hellectra

The Grapes of Wrath by John Steinbeck. While I read this I constantly think about my grandpa's life growing up during the dustbowl and the depression. This last summer I visited his hometown in Kansas. I can see everything in the book so vividly and it is making a huge impression on me. --Contessa M.

I am reading The Da Vinci Code at the moment and am completely friggin' addicted. I start reading earlier ever night. I love it. I'm reading it because I've wanted to read it since the buzz started and I just found it at an estate sale for $3--hardcover even. Bonus. In addition to keeping me on the edge of my bed, its extra cool cuz they're in the Louvre and I've been there a couple times so I can totally picture it. I can't wait for the movie. --Flora this-is-only-the-second-book-I've-read-in-the-last-year-cuz-I'm-too-busy-with-roller-derby Flipabitch

I just finished re-reading the entire Chronicles of Narnia series by C.S. Lewis. I hadn't read it since I was younger, and after seeing the film, I wanted to read them all over again. Reading that collection as an adult was just as enjoyable. --Pain Gretzky

Right now I've been enjoying books involving pirates, history, or the Wild West. I started out with Isabel Allende's Daughter of Fortune and then Pat Murphy's Nadya, which involves not only crossing the prairie in a covered wagon but also features a lesbian werewolf! Currently I'm working my way through Louis L'Amour's Sackett family series after roller derby practice. Unfortunately, I don't expect pirates to return after the first two books, but I'm sure there's still plenty of knife-fighting and musket shooting to come. --CleoSPLATra

I'm currently re-reading The Lovely Bones by Alice Sebold. It's an amazing story about a young girl as she comes to terms with her death after she was brutally raped and murdered. The story is narrated from her "heaven" and takes the reader through her murder investigation, her family and friends' lives after her death, and ultimately her acceptance of her own death. I love this book--it reminds me to live each day to the fullest. --Hot Karla

I'm currently reading Dr. Zhivago by Boris Pasternak. I majored in Russian language and literature and watched the movie as part of a class. I have also read some of his poetry in both English and Russian. Reading the classic literary work was the logical next step. --Dr. D. Bauchery

Currently, my boyfriend is reading me the The Ultimate Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams. He is so romantic. --Jackie Mehoff

I just finished reading The Celestine Prophecy. I started reading this book because a friend and I were talking about people's energy that they give off and how you can pick up on different energies. The book basically is about being able to tune into your own energy and see other people's energy in colors and about achieving a higher state consciousness. --Sinderella

I am currently reading Born Confused by Tanuja Desai Hidier. It is about an American born, 17-year-old girl of East Indian descent who is going through the normal teenage dramas but also starting to tackle the issues of being bi-cultural and what that means to her. It interested me because it is a light-hearted, engaging novel about coming of age (in a modern, realistic way) and I am also very interested in Indian culture. --Supersonik!

I am reading In Cold Blood by Truman Capote because a few weeks ago the husband and I saw the movie Capote and he irritated me so bad I had to read the book. So far I am liking his writing way more than his awful voice. --Chastity Belt

I'm currently reading The Tin Drum by Gunter Grass. It's truly a great book. Full of obscure and obvious humor with just the right amount of disturbing, yet titillating content. The main character is German man who lived through the Nazi nightmare and has managed to stunt his own growth to a mere 3 feet tall using only his only strong will to stay little. Of course the book starts with his autobiographical worldview from the mental institution where he lives. I'm so far very pleased, but not yet finished reading. --Holly Go-Fightly

I am reading Woman by Natalie Anger. It is a book about everything anyone ever needed to know about a woman. From menstruation to what kind of birth control is the best or worst. She even describes a hysterectomy in intimate detail. I am reading it because I have always been extremely interested in female health and anatomy. It breaks down a lot of myths woman hear about their bodies. It has really empowered me already even though I am only half way through it. --Flogging Molly

I'm reading A Million Little Pieces by James Frey and it is amazing and I am in love with him even though he is a drug addict and an alcoholic, but he writes so well and goes through such pain. I'm reading it because I got it for Christmas from a boy I like right now after I told him I like to read about drug addicts. He did so well. --Rolls Wilder

Right now I'm reading Villa Incognito by Tom Robbins. Although I'm only about 50 pages in, it is typical Robbins style in that he never writes about what he's actually talking about. In this book, 3 airmen get lost when their B-52 bomber crashes in Laos. So far, I love it! --Knocker Blocoff

The Fuck-Up by Arthur Nersesian. Set in NYC, the "hero" of the story's life goes from bad to worse, as he manages to survive when everything gets taken from him piece by piece. What begins with a fight with his girlfriend on the same day he loses his job soon spirals down to places you and I would hope to never be. Perhaps because it's his own choices that cause him to end up in the worse situations, the book somehow keeps from being an exercise in depression. I picked this one up because a friend recommended the book as a favorite. Plus, it offends ninnies when they see the title, is almost square, and fits perfectly in my purse for waiting room enjoyment. --Honeydew Felon

I'm reading Memoirs of a Geisha. I got it as a Christmas gift! Very good book! --Lil' Hellion

One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest by Ken Kesey. And Classroom in a Book: Adobe InDesign CS2. --Barbie Brawl

Currently, I'm reading Guns, Germs, and Steel by Jared Diamond. Why? Because it'd been out for several years now and it's been referred to so often; I felt like it was time. It's a heavy read (non-fiction, historical, lots of scientific information), but it's also incredibly interesting and not as tough to slog through as I thought it might be. It's giving me a better understanding of cultures around the world, and making me more curious about them. --Norah Torious

I just finished Tipping the Velvet, a very sexy lesbian fiction. --Mandelicious

I am currently re-reading The Edible Woman by Margaret Atwood. There's something so viciously tantalizing about her baking a cake version of herself and devouring it when her lover refuses. I imagine her licking her fingers, one by one, with a gleeful smirk upon her face--finally satiated and free. --Kitty Whompass


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