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25 02, 2017

Review: The F*ck It List by Kevin Pryslak

By | February 25th, 2017|Categories: Entertainment, Health, Mind, & Body, Humor, Nonfiction, Self-Help|Tags: , , |6 Comments

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fuck it list book coverReviewed by Poppy Johnson

Let’s start with the facts–The F*ck It List: All The Things You Can Skip Before You Die is hilarious. We all despise other people’s glorious tales about the exciting to them but boring to us travels, their “this or that” some friend just purchased, or the Lifetime Achievement goals someone else just achieved. Who needs it, the having to be happy for other people for their trumped up triumphs? Who needs a bucket list anyway and why do we need to list all of the crap that we will likely never achieve or be able to afford in our average lives?

Kevin Pryslak flows the idea of a formalized, notarized “Bucket List” that can be promptly thrown out the window, or alternatively, in the toilet. And man, it definitely felt good to do this and take my life back–to get rid of the expectations and the “scores” to exceed.

11 01, 2017

Review: Cast of Characters by Thomas Vinciguerra

By | January 11th, 2017|Categories: Biographies, Entertainment, Humor, Nonfiction|Tags: , , , , |10 Comments

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cast of characters book coverReviewed by Kate Schefer

I am familiar with The New Yorker, and I am familiar with E.B. White and James Thurber and a few of the other writers who were the publication’s founding voices. But I am not familiar with how the two created and influenced each other. Or at least I wasn’t until I read Cast of Characters by Thomas Vinciguerra. Originally intended as a biography of Wolcott Gibbs, the book developed into a retelling of the formative years of The New Yorker, highlighting its founders, their lives, and their iconic work. I could tell that the main focus was to be Gibbs, as the book began and ended with anecdotes about him, and his son Tony was Vinciguerra’s primary source. But I believe the book struck a good balance between Gibbs and his counterparts.

14 08, 2016

Review: Picking the Low Hanging-Fruit by James Sudakow

By | August 14th, 2016|Categories: Business & Investing, Humor, Nonfiction|Tags: , |1 Comment

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picking the low hanging fruit book coverReviewed by Poppy Johnson

Picking the Low Hanging-Fruit by James Sudakow is a hilarious dictionary of terms that are commonly used today as buzzwords–especially in corporate America. The table of contents is an alphabetical list of the terms covered in the book, from A to Zed. Each section specific to a word explains what the word means and what it doesn’t mean (usually its literal definition), and includes funny illustrations and directions on how to use that word in a sentence. In the “more information” section, Sudakow provides real life information on how and why the phrase came into being, how it is applied, and what employees really think about the phrase today.

1 07, 2016

Review: I’m Not a Terrorist, But I’ve Played One On TV by Maz Jobrani

By | July 1st, 2016|Categories: Entertainment, Essays & Correspondence, Humor, Memoirs, Nonfiction|Tags: , , , |0 Comments

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i'm not a terrorist jobrani book coverReviewed by Caleb Shadis

I’m Not a Terrorist, But I’ve Played One On TV is a humorous tale of one man’s trials growing up an Iranian American. Maz Jobrani and his family came to the U.S. when he was a small boy because of the change in government, and stayed, because of that same government.

The memoir mostly highlighted important milestones in his life and Jobrani generally has a very amusing way of telling his story. Of course, his biggest problems had to do with his parents–a fairly common issue for children of immigrants. Most parents embarrass their children. Children of immigrants have the added issue of parents who are different from American parents and do and say ‘weird’ things.

24 02, 2016

Review: Motions and Moments by Michael Pronko

By | February 24th, 2016|Categories: Entertainment, Humor, Memoirs, Nonfiction, Travel|Tags: , , , |4 Comments

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motions and moments book coverReviewed by Lauren Cannavino

In his third book of essays about living in Tokyo, Japan author Michael Pronko provides an insider’s view of the city, with the perspective/respect of a one-time outsider. As an American writing and teaching at the University level and living in Tokyo for over eighteen years, Pronko has learned how to navigate the city, the customs and all of the quirks, while still being open to adventure and new discoveries. Always ready to explore and discover something new, Pronko is proud of his residence in Tokyo, proud of the citizens, his students and the hustle and bustle. This hustle and bustle is explored in a deeply intimate and well thought out manner and Pronko’s perspective, often reflected through observations made at the train station or on the train, show that there is much

7 02, 2016

Review: Drop the Act, It’s Exhausting! by Beth Thomas Cohen

By | February 7th, 2016|Categories: Health, Mind, & Body, Humor, Love & Romance, Nonfiction, Self-Help|Tags: , , |3 Comments

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drop the act it's exhausting book coverReviewed by Poppy Johnson

Drop the Act, It’s Exhausting! might be inspirational for some people. It might even spur a few women – those looking for that unknown “it” – on to action. The title of this book says it all–that we need to be freer in order to be ourselves, and that we need to drop the act of having “it” altogether, especially if we really don’t have a clue. Unfortunately, for me, the book lacked luster and I didn’t agree with much of the advice. You see, I don’t have an axe to grind, a complaint to make, or an “act to drop.” In short, I just couldn’t relate.

The book has nine well thought out chapters with hefty titles such as relating to being a gestating supermom, about forty being the next twenty,

21 01, 2016

Review: Year of Yes by Shonda Rhimes

By | January 21st, 2016|Categories: Biographies, Entertainment, Health, Mind, & Body, Humor, Memoirs, Nonfiction, Self-Help, Success|Tags: , , , , , |4 Comments

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year of yes book coverReviewed by Meg Massey

Shonda Rhimes is the mastermind behind popular TV shows like Grey’s Anatomy and Scandal. She’s created complex and bold characters like Meredith Grey and Cristina Yang–strong women that have encouraged their audience to live with passion and boldness. But in the Year of Yes: How to Dance It Out, Stand In the Sun and Be Your Own Person, Shonda admits what some would never believe: she’s an introvert!

Shonda’s story begins in Thanksgiving 2013 when her sister spoke these words to her: “You never say yes to anything”. This exchange set events in motion that Shonda could have never predicted. Her sister’s words challenged her to step out of her comfort zone; to make a commitment to saying yes to everything that terrified her for one year.

This memoir is equal parts poignant

10 09, 2015

Review: Fat Girl Walking by Brittany Gibbons

By | September 10th, 2015|Categories: Humor, Memoirs, Nonfiction|Tags: , |4 Comments

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fat girl walking book coverReviewed by Holly Madison

It is hard to put into words just how much I love this book. I finished this book feeling like I had made a new friend, and I would recommend it to absolutely everyone.

This book is a memoir, but is very untraditional. Brittany talks about her life from the time she was a child until the present, and discusses the struggles she has endured due to her weight. This book is absolutely chalked full of humor… it is one of the funniest books I have ever read. I found myself reading snippets out loud to my husband as we both laughed. Some of the humor is very crude, but it also feels very real. Brittany talks about things that I would never openly discuss with anyone but my husband, and she does so in a

7 08, 2015

Review: How to F*ck a Woman by Ali Adler

By | August 7th, 2015|Categories: Health, Mind, & Body, Humor, Love & Romance, Nonfiction, Self-Help|Tags: , , , |3 Comments

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How to F*ck a Woman book coverReviewed by Nina Longfield

At times insightful, sometimes funny, and always candid, Ali Adler covers her subject very well. Adler’s How to F*ck a Woman is a sex guide. In her introduction, Adler explains why she chose to write a book about sex. How to F*ck a Woman is the how-to manual she wrote to answer men’s general questions regarding women and sex with women. She writes from the assumption that all a man really wants is sex. (On the other side, she writes that women just want to be understood.) With insight and humor, Adler delves into the relationship dichotomy as she sees it from the male side issuing advice that might ultimately get the man into the woman’s bed (or vice versa).

Marketed as eighty percent relationship handbook and twenty percent sex manual, author Ali Adler

22 02, 2015

Review: Mary Mary Quite by Mary Huckstep

By | February 22nd, 2015|Categories: Humor, Memoirs, Nonfiction, Parenting & Family|Tags: , , |1 Comment

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mary mary quite book coverReviewed by Sarah McCubbin

In her book, Mary Mary Quite: On Raising Children: (and other mind-altering substances), Mary Huckstep shares her humorous observations on marriage, motherhood and ordinary life. With a heavy helping of sarcasm and wit, her chapters invite the readers to laugh as she addresses everything from getting organized to pest control and what she calls, “bedtime crimes.” Raising little ones is something many women dream of but reality is often more chaotic than anyone could have imagined. In our house we have seven children, and it often feels more like a freak show than a Norman Rockwell painting. My favorite part of this book is when Mary realizes that those “child-leashes” are not child abuse but really an ingenious invention! I was laughing out loud with her, remembering the looks and comments I received using