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17 02, 2015

Review: Uncle John’s Weird, Weird World: Who, What, Where, When, and Wow!

By | February 17th, 2015|Categories: Entertainment, Humor, Nonfiction|Tags: , , , |1 Comment

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uncle john's weird weird world book coverReviewed by Melanie Kline

Amazing, interesting, page turning, edge of your seat entertainment at it’s finest–there are not enough adjectives to describe the wonderful piece of literature that I had the opportunity to hold in my hands. Uncle John’s Weird, Weird World: Who, What, Where, When, and Wow! had enough stories and blurbs to compete with any Ripley’s or Guinness World Record book, yet was much more fun and compelling.

Who wouldn’t want to learn about Slime Fever Syndrome, Sumo Suit Wrestling, Dwarf Tossing, Random Bathroom Stats, etc.?  Do you know the definition of nocturia? Read this book and you will be sure to. You also cannot hum if you hold your nose closed…did you just try to?

Do you play the lottery? You might want to rethink how badly you want to win when you read about the

12 02, 2015

Review: Jailhouse Doc by William Wright, M.D.

By | February 12th, 2015|Categories: Humor, Medicine, Memoirs, Nonfiction|Tags: , , |1 Comment

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jailhouse doc book coverReviewed by Sarah McCubbin

In his humorous memoir, Jailhouse Doc: A Doctor in the County Jail, William Wright, M.D. recounts many of his experiences treating the maladies common among inmates. After retiring from his career as an ear surgeon, he quickly grew bored. When he saw an advertisement for a correctional facility in need of a doctor, he decided to give it a try, which led to his position in a maximum security prison (he wrote Maximum Insecurity about his experience there), before working in a county jail.

Most people will never set foot in a jail, let alone work there. As such, Dr. Wright’s insights offer a peek into a world that is often unseen. While much of the work is unsavory and unappreciated, I found myself often laughing out loud reading Dr. Wright’s accounts–always told with a

19 12, 2014

Review: Not That Kind of Girl by Lena Dunham

By | December 19th, 2014|Categories: Audiobooks, Biographies, Entertainment, Humor, Nonfiction|Tags: , , , |2 Comments

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not that kind of girl book coverReviewed by Jessa Larsen

Not That Kind of Girl is a collection of stories and essays, biographical in nature, by actress/artist Lena Dunham. The book gives us a peek into Lena’s life and how she coped with everything from finding love and being in relationships, to being lonely and obsessed with weight, as well as various other experiences that are so bizarre, they couldn’t be made up.

Lena takes us on a journey through “taboo” experiences that just about every female has gone thru, such as losing your virginity and exploring your own sexuality. She teaches us that these things are just a part of life and there’s nothing wrong with experimenting until you find what does or doesn’t work for you as an individual. She also about being accepting of people who choose a way that doesn’t

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

26 10, 2014

Review: Parentology by Dalton Conley

By | October 26th, 2014|Categories: Humor, Nonfiction, Parenting & Family|Tags: , |2 Comments

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parentology book coverReviewed by Poppy Johnson

Parentology: Everything You Wanted to Know about the Science of Raising Children but Were Too Exhausted to Ask is the story of Dalton Conley, whose idea of raising children includes a bit of science, a tad of theory and a pinch of parent-wise common sense. His story starts with the rushed and heart racing emergency birth of his daughter whom he calls “E” in the book (that’s it, just “E”), and follows the course of his marriage to his wife Natalie and the later addition of his son named “Yo”. The book starts out being an exercise in parenting techniques but quickly turns into a dissertation on Dalton’s life and times, thoughts, family problems, family travels and personal life lessons. I am sorry to say that the book takes on a rambling tone quite quickly; I lost interest

10 08, 2014

Review: What I Was Doing While You Were Breeding by Kristin Newman

By | August 10th, 2014|Categories: Humor, Memoirs, Nonfiction, Travel|Tags: , , |3 Comments

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Kristin-Newman-What-I-Was-Doing-While-You-Were-Breeding-coverReviewed by Alisha Churbe

Newman’s memoir, What I Was Doing While You Were Breeding seemed like it would be a perfect book for someone disinterested in having children and spending their life travelling on exotic adventures instead. Newman​ does deliver on exotic adventures–just not on the kind I expected. The memoir is full of description after description of sexual exploits, good looking men, Newman’s failed attempts at relationships and a small amount of travel narrative. The synopsis promises “mastering the art of ‘vacationship’” and tales “that will have readers scrambling to renew their passports.” Unless you plan to travel in Newman’s footsteps and leave the country for the sole purpose of bedding men, I strongly doubt you’ll rush out to renew your passport.

The book is intriguing, entertaining and humorous. It hits all the marks there, so it’s not a failure. Newman tells tales

15 07, 2014

Review: If It’s Not One Thing, It’s Your Mother by Julia Sweeney

By | July 15th, 2014|Categories: Humor, Memoirs, Nonfiction, Parenting & Family|Tags: , , , |2 Comments

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15803186Reviewed by Carrie Ardoin

I was very much looking forward to reading a memoir by a former cast member of Saturday Night Live. I figured if the stories weren’t very interesting, at least they would be funny. It turns out I was not correct on either assumption: the stories Julia Sweeney tells in this book are barely interesting, and not funny at all.

As If It’s Not One Thing, It’s Your Mother begins, Julia explains the format. Her tales are divided into four sections, which correspond with four weeks during which Julia is alone, her husband and daughter on different trips during the summer. In these sections, the author explains how she came to get her adopted daughter, her various failed relationships, and eventually the chance meeting by which she met her husband.

In my opinion, the most heart is shown in the raw stories

9 05, 2014

Review: I Heart My Little A-Holes by Karen Alpert

By | May 9th, 2014|Categories: Humor, Nonfiction, Parenting & Family|Tags: , |1 Comment

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9780062341624_p0_v4_s260x420Reviewed by Amanda Schafer

Karen Alpert, popularly known for her blog Baby Sideburns, is a witty and quirky mom who decided to take many of the things that happen in real life and share them with the world.

Alpert boldly discusses aspects of our lives that no one wants to talk about!! Comparing our children (both to each other and to kids in other families…you KNOW you do it too!), comparing our bodies to other women, dealing with in-laws and other people at the holidays, the woes of Mommyhood, and the best of all: husbands! She discusses it all…and she doesn’t hold back! Ever wonder if anyone else’s husband brags about his poops and wants to show it to you? Don’t worry, you’re not alone! Have you ever lied about having “stomach troubles” just so that your husband would watch the kids for you

27 03, 2014

Review: My Inappropriate Life by Heather McDonald

By | March 27th, 2014|Categories: Humor, Memoirs, Nonfiction, Parenting & Family|Tags: , , |2 Comments

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my inappropriate lifeReviewed by Carrie Ardoin

I have read all but the latest of E’s late night comedy/talk show host Chelsea Handler’s books. I found them pretty hilarious, filled with the blunt attitude of Chelsea herself, though they were also filled with some tales I simply did not believe ever occurred. As I am familiar with all the regulars on Chelsea’s show, Chelsea Lately, I was looking forward to delving into Heather McDonald’s second set of amusing tales.

Unfortunately, what I found is that Mrs. McDonald’s anecdotes are light on the hilarity, and completely lacking in substance. Heather is a writer and regularly featured co-host on Chelsea Lately. She is also a wife and mother of three. The stories told in My Inappropriate Life come from both sides of the fine and sometimes blended line she straddles as a working mom.

As I am

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