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December 2, 2005

45 Down, 7 To Go (52 Books, 52 Weeks)

I have been a Lisa Carver fan since the days of her zine, Rollerderby. When I heard that she was publishing her memoirs, I knew it was a book I would have to read, especially when she mentioned being attacked by Satanists because of some of its content. Named after one of her band Suckdog's albums, Drugs Are Nice: A Post-Punk Memoir chronicles her path from small-town New Hampshire to performance art in Europe and back home again. Carver has constantly reinvented herself, and her DIY ethic has served her well from music to zine publishing to motherhood. Lisa Carver captures her life without sugarcoating anything, and the book is still dramatic and gripping.

My next book is McSweeney's Volume 17.

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