Give me everything you have : on being stalked

From Andrea Kalinowski
Author:  James Lasdun
Give me everything you have : on being stalked
I just finished reading a suspenseful, frighteningly true story. Give me everything you have : on being stalked by James Lasdun is an English professor’s memoir, of sorts. He was attempting to mentor a potential author who misread his laudatory comments and assumed, incorrectly, that he was romantically interested in her. Being a published writer himself, the student attacked his honorability with accusations of plagiarism and sexual misconduct. She avowed that the professor stole her work and with the help of unknown persons, published it to acclaim. With the advent of social media, it was quite easy for the student to further persecute her professor. She managed to hijack different forums where the professor was a presence and subvert his postings. This hijacking of the professor’s postings, in addition to causing stress, managed to tinge his professional dealings with a hint of shadiness. A scary read since it is all too easy to imagine this scenario being played out endlessly all over the world, sometimes with dire consequences. Stalking is a very serious issue on both sides of the coin, the stalker’s and the victim’s.

Dying on the job : murder and mayhem in the American workplace

From Margaret Mezzacapo
Author:  Ronald D. Brown
Dying on the job : murder and mayhem in the American workplace
This is the worst book ever.  The premise is interesting, but this book makes watching paint dry and grass grow seem scintillating. It’s written in the style of a sociology term paper, complete with footnotes every other word.  The author also has the strange habit of repeating anecdotes.  You’ll read one account and two pages later it’s repeated, sometimes almost word for word, and they weren’t always that great the first time.

I do not recommend this book, unless you’re the kind who thinks, “ It’s got to get better” as you read along.  Trust me – it doesn’t.