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11 12, 2014

Review: Playing with Matches by Dylan Fitzpatrick

By | December 11th, 2014|Categories: Entertainment, Humor, Memoirs, Nonfiction|Tags: , , , |2 Comments

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playing with matches book coverReviewed by Poppy Johnson

If you have ever wondered about the ins and outs of the New York online dating scene then you need to read Dylan Fitzpatrick’s Playing With Matches. This book is a narrative; it is not a book on the does and don’ts or one that offers dating rules and advice. Fitzpatrick treats readers as dating wingmen of sorts and confesses all, holding nothing back. Readers will know exactly what Dylan is thinking, hear his unfiltered opinions on the women he dates and forgets as well as the ones that “got away”.

I enjoyed reading about Dylan’s endless first dates and laughed at the ridiculousness of the conversations he’s had to endure. I cringed at some of the women he chose to go out with and the unintended (but inevitable) results. Dylan has certainly dated a LOT and with

24 11, 2014

Review: Tinseltown by William Mann

By | November 24th, 2014|Categories: Entertainment, Historical, Nonfiction, True Accounts|Tags: , , , |2 Comments

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tinseltown book coverReviewed by A.D. Cole

I requested this book when I saw it being compared to The Devil In the White City by Erik Larson. It’s been a personal resolve of mine to broaden my reading horizons by picking up non-fiction once in a while. Erik Larson showed me that a well-written history can be every bit the entertaining page-turner that a novel can. I’d hoped Tinseltown: Murder, Morphine, and Madness at the Dawn of Hollywood would be the same. And I was not disappointed.

Don’t know much about the age of silent movies? William J. Mann brings the setting to life before your very eyes. History, to me, is a bit of a black-and-white, flat image that reads like a textbook, until I open a book like Tinseltown. And now I see 1920’s New York with it’s ambitious men racing to build

7 01, 2014

Review: Wrongsized by Larry Solomon

By | January 7th, 2014|Categories: Entertainment, Humor, Nonfiction|Tags: , |2 Comments

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300x300_19aec83f0a718d8760da536d4abd8a24Reviewed by Katie Loucks

Wrongsized: Become Chronically Unemployed in 26 Easy Steps, by Larry Solomon is a semi-autobiographical story of what happened to the author (who he calls Lance) after being laid off from his career of 20 years. After a Harvard MBA comes in and takes over the author’s office, Lance is eventually forced to find temporary work. The temporary agency has no problems finding Lance a job but never a job that the main character is qualified for. Lance embarks on a somewhat humorous journey, each chapter ending in disaster and sometimes employers going out of business.

The book was obviously supposed to be funny. The stories were almost completely made up for the love of comedy but I never did find myself laughing. Several times, I found myself wondering where the author was going during a chapter and what

2 10, 2013

Review: My Life by Isadora Duncan

By | October 2nd, 2013|Categories: Arts & Literature, Entertainment, Memoirs, Nonfiction|Tags: , |3 Comments

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1295873-gfReviewed by Jax Kepple

Isadora Duncan, founder of modern dance, wrote her autobiography a few months before she tragically died in a freak, only-in-the-1920s car accident. But, after reading My Life, one could say she really died after she lost three children within a few years of each other. Heartbreaking yet frank, My Life is an enthralling read that shines a light on a desolate star, who could not achieve happiness but has is a lasting vestige of a time when creative powers were bursting from a chaste Victorian society.

Duncan’s writing style borders on “bragging” a lot, and the forward by Joan Acocella tells a lot of Duncan’t secrets. She mentions that Duncan is lying about a few memories, and also how certain things could not have happened. I almost wished I had read the introduction after reading the book, because

6 05, 2013

Review: Rescue Dog by Polly Frost

By | May 6th, 2013|Categories: Animals, Entertainment, Nonfiction|Tags: , , |2 Comments

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2940015726039_p0_v1_s260x420Reviewed by Lauren Cannavino

When I first saw the title of this book, I was instantly intrigued and couldn’t wait to dive in. Owning my own rescue dog and being an animal lover all around, I was ready to read a cute tale about a dog named Waffle. The book is a memoir parody and is told through the eyes of Waffle, a dog rescued from a puppy mill who shares his story with Polly Frost. Frost’s writing style is sharp and fun, and it’s obvious that while the story is a feel good tale about a great and talented dog – one who even talks – I don’t know that it is a story that a wide audience could get into.

I was only given part one to review, labeled “The Puppy Years”, and I felt that while part one was enjoyable, I don’t

4 03, 2013

Review: Table Talk by Caren A. Stein

By | March 4th, 2013|Categories: Entertainment, Humor, Memoirs, Nonfiction|Tags: , , |2 Comments

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Table-TalkReviewed by Kathie Smith

Table Talk: Memoirs of a Bikini Waxer by Caren A. Stein is a title that will grab your attention immediately. Anyone who has ever had the experience of a bikini wax knows there are endless possibilities for amusing, embarrassing and even startling stories. A book with the promise of hilarious happenings from the waxing room straight from the source is sure to please anyone who loves a good, healthy laugh. The abundance of reasons for hair removal – not to mention body parts in need of it – are surprisingly plentiful. Of course, as the most cringe-worthy of all waxing procedures, the bikini wax is the natural choice for a collection of stories.

Stein is a licensed esthetician, as well as a certified electrologist, who specializes in waxing. Who could be better qualified to cover the subject? Combine this

8 01, 2013

Review: Judging a Book by Its Lover by Lauren Leto

By | January 8th, 2013|Categories: Entertainment, Humor, Nonfiction|Tags: , |3 Comments

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13623953Reviewed by Sara Drake

Ms Leto offers readers a fun, witty, review of many of the “must-read” books that most of us never seem to find time to read and a look at the readers who love them. This book serves up a medley of Ms Leto’s observations about the literary world, her personal relationship with books, and her humorous take on books themselves. These observations by theme include a healthy dose of humor, making fun of one and all (including herself).

Judging a Book by Its Lover includes advice on how to pick people up in bookstores, how to judge people by their bookshelves, how to judge people by their favorite author, and how to fake a conversation about books you have not yet read. If this eclectic variety of topics appeals to you, this is definitely a must read book! The

5 01, 2013

Review: Rin Tin Tin by Susan Orlean

By | January 5th, 2013|Categories: Animals, Entertainment, For Men, For the Pet Lover, Gift Ideas, Hobbies & Home, Humor, Nonfiction|Tags: , , , , |7 Comments

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rin-tin-tin-paper-medReviewed by Alyssa Katanic

Rin Tin Tin, by Susan Orlean is a surprisingly complex, as well as a highly entertaining read.

When I first picked up the 317 paged Rin Tin Tin I wondered, “How can an author possibly write that many pages about just one dog?” I was doubting my book choice and wondering how interesting it could possibly be to read about the lineage of a dog, no matter how famous he may be. However, Orlean has displayed “Rinty’s” life as having been so fully woven into the fabric of American culture that her telling of Rin Tin Tin stands out as both entertaining and historically and culturally educational. No, not the classroom, fact listing, ho-hum sort of “educational,” but the sort of education that takes you on a ride, exploring and relating many areas of life while staying anchored

20 12, 2012

Review: Roll Me Up and Smoke Me When I Die by Willie Nelson

By | December 20th, 2012|Categories: Entertainment, Humor, Memoirs, Nonfiction|Tags: , , |3 Comments

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smokeme.jpeg.728x520_q85Reviewed by Drennan Spitzer

In Roll Me Up and Smoke Me When I Die: Musings from the Road, Willie Nelson presents a series of vignettes, memories, lyrics to songs, dirty jokes, and thoughts about a wide variety of issues ranging from religion to bio fuel to marijuana. But what strikes me most about this work is Nelson’s love for his family. In the interest of disclosure, I will say up front that I am a fan of Willie Nelson. I recall listening to him on the 8-track player when I was a child. He’s on my iPod. I’ve seen him perform live several times. And so when I had the chance to review his latest book, I jumped on it, thrilled to have the opportunity to read and reflect on one of my very favorite singer-songwriters.

Nelson’s “musings” are, in some ways, predictable. He speaks out

14 10, 2012

Review: Marvel Comics: The Untold Story by Sean Howe

By | October 14th, 2012|Categories: Comics & Graphic Novels, Entertainment, Historical, Nonfiction|Tags: , , |6 Comments

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Reviewed by Marcus Hammond

It’s fairly safe to say that at some point we’ve all come across a Marvel superhero in our weekly meanderings through pop culture. Whether it be through Marvel’s movies, clothing, toys, or comic books, it’s hard not to take notice of the company’s influence. It is the company’s tumultuous past that Sean Howe details in his book Marvel Comics: The Untold Story. Howe approaches this task by constructing a dense, chronological narrative that is peppered with various insider perspectives.

The general narrative of the book is nothing unique. Howe recounts Marvel’s beginnings at the hands of magazine publisher, Martin Goodman and works through to the acquisition of Marvel by the Walt Disney Company in 2009. Howe invests a lot of detail in the way he describes events like Jack Kirby leaving the company in 1970, Stan Lee’s charismatic and