OOM-BOOM way, with very little world-building and no very compelling reason to care about the main characters. I do give it credit for not becoming your typical environmental-moralist tale, given the subject matter, but that's no excuse for bad plotting.

6. As Always, Julia, Joan Reardon, editor
   Book of the month. :) It's a collection of the letters Julia Child and her dear friend Avis DeVoto wrote to each other during the writing and publishing of Mastering the Art of French Cooking. There's a ton of goodness here for foodies, but plenty of other topics as well. I'm hoping against hope that Avis and Julia's witty and conversational writing style will rub off on my in my own correspondence; the letters were absolutely delightful.

7. Save the Males, Kathleen Parker
   Excellent subject matter - the subtitle is "why men matter and why women should care" - but I disliked the crass language Parker often used to make her points, and I just found that her style rubbed me wrong. I still recommend it for the simple fact that it's a message that more people need to here: Men are important.