DISPATCHES FROM PLUTO - Richard Grant
EAST, WEST - Salman Rushide
THE STRANGER BESIDE ME - Ann Rule
THE IDIOT - Elif Batuman
The Stranger Beside Me is one of the most disturbing things I've ever read. For people to have lived so closely to Ted Bundy and not to know what he was is. This is the stuff horror movies are made of.
I really, really wanted to like The Idiot, but it was mostly just fine. The protagonist didn't seem to want anything at all, which is very true. But it is hard to care when the characters aren't sure if they do.
Dispatches From Pluto was a fantastic journalistic look at the Deep South. I enjoyed the outsider's admittedly biased view, and I think he does a great job of trying to explore as many sides of southern life as possible.