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Bird by Bird: Some Instructions on Writing and Life by Anne Lamotte

I’m not a writer but Anne Lamott makes me believe that I could be a great one.  Bird by Bird is a writing manual that reads like a memoir, a very funny, life affirming, let’s get real memoir.  She reminds … Continue reading

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Beauty Queens by Libba Bray

Girls from every state in the U.S. are on a plane bound for the Miss Teen Dream Pageant when the plane crashes on a deserted island. The surviving girls use their skills and backgrounds to continue living and in their quest … Continue reading

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Raising Steam: a Discworld Novel by Terry Pratchett

Terry Pratchett’s fortieth Discworld novel tackles many of the author’s favorite themes, the heart of which can be found in one of his quotations: “It was funny how people were people everywhere you went, even if the people concerned weren’t … Continue reading

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Dad Is Fat by Jim Gannigan

I read Dad is Fat for my book club and, as a group, we reached several conclusions. – If you have children, Gaffigan is really funny. – If you don’t have children, he’s just “meh.” – While reading the book … Continue reading

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Spaced (DVD)

British television is fashionable nowadays. Downton Abbey, Sherlock, and Doctor Who exemplify the latest trend in Trans-Atlantic entertainment. But before BBC America went gangbusters, there were several British comedies from the late 90s and early 00s that have since either created American spin-offs (The … Continue reading

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Dad is Fat by Jim Gaffigan

Kids really do say the darnedest things, but so do parents!  From the eye of the storm, comedian Jim Gaffigan reports on the trials of raising five young children and celebrates the absurdities, embarrassments, and joys.  He begins by reflecting … Continue reading

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The Rosie Project by Graeme Simsion

The Rosie Project is a marvelous mix of mystery, romance and wit as related through the mind of the socially challenged Don Tillman, a geneticist with Asperger Syndrome who finds the whole dating process extremely inefficient.  Thus he develops a survey—otherwise known as … Continue reading

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Let’s Explore Diabetes with Owls by David Sedaris

Don’t be fooled, you’ll learn nothing about diabetes or owls here, but the random suggestion makes it all the more entertaining.  Shortly before this book was released, I had the privilege of attending “An Evening with David Sedaris” in Kansas … Continue reading

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This is Spinal Tap (DVD)

When This Is Spinal Tap was released in theaters in 1984, many audience members were convinced they were seeing a documentary of an actual British rock group, Spinal Tap, fumbling its way through one last tour across America despite the fact … Continue reading

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Shatner Rules: Your Guide to Understanding the Shatnerverse and the World at Large by William Shatner

Similar to Tina Fay’s Bossy Pants, William Shatner’s Shatner Rules might possibly be better in audio than written form. Narrated by the great Captain Kirk himself, the audio version feels as if you’re watching a personal interview with Mr. Shatner. Whether reading or listening, if … Continue reading

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