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6 09, 2012

Review: The Snark Handbooks by Lawrence Dorfman

By | September 6th, 2012|Categories: Education, Entertainment, Humor, Nonfiction, Reference|Tags: , |2 Comments


Reviewed by Shannon Trenton

The Snark Handbook: A Reference Guide to Verbal Sparring

If you ever find yourself in need of the perfect comeback in any situation, you need The Snark Handbook. The Handbook is a compendium of fun facts and sly witticisms that, when used properly, will make you the snarky envy of all whom you encounter.

Like any good handbook, Lawrence Dorfman’s collection is arranged into chapters that address issues such as love and marriage, children, money, drinking, and death, among many others. Each chapter starts with a cheeky illustrations and brief description, and features lists like “Money Can’t Buy You Happiness But It Can Buy…” and “Snarky Movie Descriptions” to make you see the things you take for granted in a whole new light. There

17 08, 2012

Review: Double Time by Jane Roper

By | August 17th, 2012|Categories: Humor, Memoirs, Nonfiction, Parenting & Family|Tags: , , |2 Comments


Reviewed by Poppy Johnson

Double Time highlights the journey of Jane Roper, a mother of twins. She was a model mother in every way, and tried to enjoy the newborns despite the chaos of caring for multiples. Roper starts off by talking about the first few days taking care of her children, forming a new family unit and establishing a new routine centered on the twins. She goes on to discuss the developmental milestones that all children pass through as they grow, and makes child care sound almost easy despite the stress of being a new mother.

As twins go through the normal growth stages, Roper experiences her own growing pains. Double Time reads much like a personal journal with the details of the children’s first steps, sleeping patterns, tales of juggling pets, family and personal time. Readers will be privy to

15 08, 2012

Review: Kitty Cornered by Bob Tarte

By | August 15th, 2012|Categories: Animals, Entertainment, Humor, Memoirs, Nonfiction|Tags: , , , |4 Comments


Reviewed by Joanne Reynolds

Kitty Cornered starts with a ground-floor plan of Bob and Linda Tarte’s home. There are indications of where things occur in this home, all related to the pets that this couple cohabitates with.

Bob and Linda are very much into animals, with cats, birds, rabbits in the house and ducks and chickens in the barn. Bob litters this book with the personalities of all the animals that encompass his life. There are cats already in the home, but more are acquired during the reading, including the one stray that Bob seems to be the most taken with, Frannie.

Kitty Cornered is enjoyable look into the mechanics and the ups and downs involved in owning so many different pets. Bob is great at making you understand, as much as he or we can, the different emotions, phobias and quirks of

24 05, 2012

Review: Adventures of a Substitute Teacher by Tim Kreiter

By | May 24th, 2012|Categories: Entertainment, Humor, Memoirs, Nonfiction|Tags: , , , |4 Comments


Reviewed by Kathie Smith

Adventures of a Substitute Teacher is Tim Kreiter’s account of his years spent as a substitute teacher after a successful career as an aerospace engineer. Assignments ranged from pre-Kindergarten to high school classes and from Science, his specialty, to Special Education.

Kreiter obviously took his position as a substitute teacher seriously. He was there to educate students during his short-term assignments rather than simply stand in as a warm body. Equipped with a briefcase full of activities, a healthy supply of “bang-clank” equipment, a talent for cartooning and a relentless optimism, Kreiter was clearly one of those substitutes students come to know and respect. He handled situations with humor, creativity and adaptability.

Each chapter is devoted to one assignment. The average chapter length of three pages is an immediate indication that most assignments are not going to be discussed

28 04, 2012

Review: MWF Seeks BFF by Rachel Bertsche

By | April 28th, 2012|Categories: Health, Mind, & Body, Humor, Memoirs, Nonfiction, Relationships, Social Sciences, Women's Studies|Tags: , , , , |2 Comments


Reviewed by Ann Liu

If Carrie Bradshaw, from Sex and the City, and Mr. Big left New York with her three girlfriends behind, what would she do without them? MWF Seeking BFF is a true story of Rachel Bertsche, a writer herself, who moves to Chicago with her husband, on the search for new friends.

MWF Seeking BFF, or Married White Female Seeking Best Friend Forever, is Rachel’s personal memoir of her yearlong search for a best friend. She dissects the friendship element and shares a lot of research toward understanding the psychological makeup of friends. According to Robin Dunbar, an anthropologist, the size of the brain determines the number of relationships we can maintain. The human brain can maintain 150 relationships. After calculating her social network of friends, families, and acquaintances, Rachel came up short 20 people. She decided to fill

16 04, 2012

Review: Let’s Pretend This Never Happened by Jenny Lawson

By | April 16th, 2012|Categories: Entertainment, Humor, Memoirs, Nonfiction|Tags: , |3 Comments


Reviewed by Marcus Hammond

Jenny Lawson is anxious, slightly dysfunctional, and, at times, tactless. She, however, is well aware of these characteristics. Her memoir, Let’s Pretend This Never Happened, begins with a discussion of how stories are often exaggerated upon retelling, and that resounds in the reader’s mind as Lawson’s life is laid out in all its hilarity.

Lawson’s memoir moves from her childhood in rural Texas and continues to delve into her life as a wife, mother, and Internet blogger. Her stories include how she dealt with the chaos of everything from having a father with a wild animal obsession to events that showcase her own personal eccentricities.

One focus of the memoir deals with the relationship Lawson forms with her husband, Victor, and accentuates the concept that marriage is indelibly difficult but worth the trouble. A good example of Lawson’s

30 03, 2012

Review: Ali in Wonderland by Ali Wentworth

By | March 30th, 2012|Categories: Entertainment, Humor, Memoirs, Nonfiction|Tags: , , |4 Comments


Reviewed by Jill Franclemont

Ali Wentworth has lived quite a life. I confess I didn’t know who she was at first. From the blurb I learned that she was married to George Stephanopoulos and is the daughter of Ronald Reagan’s White House Press Secretary. As a former resident of Washington, DC, how could I resist? I enjoy memoirs, love DC, and couldn’t imagine turning down a book with blurbs by Kathy Griffin, Jerry Seinfeld, Alec Baldwin AND the author’s mom… Plus the synopsis for Ali in Wonderland called it “addictively funny” and included a slew of adjectives I am quite fond of, like “off-the-wall”, “hilarious”, and “borderline insane”.

Will I never learn?

No book that is self-described as “hilarious” ever really is. I think it’s akin to real smart people talking about their own intelligence or real rich people about their own money

29 10, 2011

Review: Does a Bear Sh*t in the Woods by Caroline Taggart

By | October 29th, 2011|Categories: Education, Humor, Nonfiction|Tags: , , |11 Comments


Reviewed by Jill Elizabeth

Today’s book review is a cute little trip through the garden of rhetoric.

The book for today is Does a Bear Sh*t in the Woods? by Caroline Taggart. Well, does it? Who knows really – probably hunters, loggers, and zoologists. Oh yeah, and apparently Taggart, the author of this goofy little book about the answers to rhetorical questions.

Rhetorical questions, for those of you who are out of the intellectual loop, are questions that are asked – usually for dramatic oratorical effect or emphasis – for which no answer is expected. (This is my definition, not anyone else’s, hence the lack of attribution.) I love rhetorical questions – I rather love words, as I’ve pointed out before, and I think rhetoric is a fabulous way to play with language.

The book is an aggregation of a series of rhetorical questions

24 09, 2011

Review: God, No! by Penn Jillette

By | September 24th, 2011|Categories: Entertainment, Humor, Nonfiction, Religion & Spirituality|Tags: , , , , |5 Comments


Reviewed by Erin McKibbin

With just the same in-your-face (yet very well researched and documented) controversy as his 16 Emmy Award nominated television show, Penn & Teller’s Penn Jillette sets out to debunk religion as a whole in society and replace it with a brand of logical thinking that only a couple of Vegas Magicians/cultural sensations could provide. Penn has been an outspoken opponent of religion for many decades and much like the Richard Dawkins of the world, he is not afraid to use his fame and influence to “save” others from the clutches of what he considers to be the most destructive fairy tale ever invented: god. Using stories from his life and career as well as presenting his own “Penn Commandments,” Jillette conducts the reader through a fun ride of controversial issues and redemption.

Penn Jillette was raised in Greenfield,

29 10, 2009

Review: Notes from the Underwire by Quinn Cummings

By | October 29th, 2009|Categories: Humor, Memoirs, Nonfiction|Tags: , |2 Comments


51FlRKM8k8LReviewed by Erin N.

Raising a child and a significant other is not easy. Raising a child and a significant other while under the influence of being a former child star is still not easy, but it can be funny. Braving the actor infested streets of LA, a mouth that has a mind of its own, painful clumsiness, and summer camp mania, this Golden Globe nominee triumphs over her “awkward and lovely life” with wisdom and humor.

Quinn Cummings’ 15 minutes of fame are her childhood roles in the movie The Goodbye Girl (1977) and the TV show Family (1977-1980). After her acting career, Quinn lived as a typical teenager (well, typical for LA) while dealing with parental illness and loss. Upon becoming an adult, she tried her hand at being a talent agent with hilarious results. Going forward, she