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MamaPop Recommends: Sweetney's Picks For July


Recommended Book:
The Devil's Teeth: A True Story of Obsession and Survival Among America's Great White Sharks by Susan Casey. If you're like me and are equal parts horrified and intrigued by our razor-toothed friends, you'll get an in-depth picture of shark life and the trials, tribulations and terrors of studying them in this book:

From its startling opening description of scientists racing to the bloody scene where a shark has decapitated a seal, this memoir–cum–natural and cultural history of the Farallon Islands—"the spookiest, wildest place on Earth"—plunges readers into the thrills of shark watching... The islands are the only place on Earth where scientists can study the animals in their natural habitat. These evolutionary ancients (sharks lived 200 million years before dinosaurs) can be as large as Mack trucks, eat suits of armor, are both fierce and friendly, and, according to Casey, are an addictive fascination for those lucky enough to encounter them.

Highly recommended for all the science/nature geeks out there (you know who you are) (don't make me come over there).

Recommended Movie:
Idiocracy. I haven't laughed this hard since Harold & Kumar, and that's saying something. Our Kelly, arbiter of goodness that she is, not only hepped me to this flick but actually went so far as to purchase it for me, and I'm now a total convert. Stop yer Batin', and go rent this movie. Now. For reals.

Recommended Song:
The Underdog by Spoon. Energetic, lean, and with a touch of musical nostalgia infusing their sound (horns! A HORN SECTION!), this song equals happiness for me right now. Go have a listen here!

Recommended TV Show:
Ramsay's Kitchen Nightmares. Props to Joy for hepping me to this most excellent show on BBC America. The series follows Gordon Ramsay of the US's Hell's Kitchen to various failing restaurants throughout the UK, where he works his VERY, VERY TOUGH LOVE to the betterment of the otherwise doomed establishments. Its actually freakin' uplifting, and if you haven't been able to abide Ramsay before, I suggest checking this out regardless (Amalah, I'm looking at you). He's a character much better-suited to the format of this particular show, as his trademark hysterics are actually quite appropriate considering that people's lives and businesses are actually on the line, and he comes off as quite sympathetic and even (dare I say it?) sweet.

Recommended Other Thing:
Jaqua's Buttercream Frosting line of beauty products. Mmm... these are delicious. I have the hand creme and body spray, and find myself almost daily unconsciously nibbling lightly on my own appendages. (oh and PS: a whole set of these are part of our MySpace Challenge prize package (I contacted them and asked for a contribution solely because I was already wholly addicted to their products)!)

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Suzy Q

"Idiocracy" was a scream. I saw it months ago, actually on the same weekend I saw "Children of Men," which, even though they both depict dystopian futures, have very different approaches. It was an interesting juxtaposition to see both almost back-to-back.

My book recommendation to the science geeks is "Stiff: The Curious Lives of Human Cadavers." I am a medical geek and this book is informative, factual and the tongue-in-cheek writing style of the author (Mary Roach) makes the subject matter very palatable, even to the squeamish.

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