At a 30th birthday party last night, I was reflecting how many of my friends from college had had books published in recent month, and wondering what I'd done with my life. Oh well, "30 is the new 20", as someone chirpily said. But ennui over the passage of time and remembrance of things past aside, I should give props to those friends who had books published: V.V. Ganeshananthan (V.V.? I will always know her as Sugi) - Love Marriage Garrett Graff - The First Campaign: Globalization, the Web and the Race for the White House (with a glowing review from no less than Michiko Kakutani ) Jennifer 8. Lee - The Fortune Cookie Chronicles Fiction, politics, and food-as-cultural-anthropology - a nice diverse group. Met up with Sugi recently and showed her the wonders of Singapore hawker food. Congrats to all of them - lots of good reviews popping up.