Tag Archives: Humor

THANKS, OBAMA by David Litt

I recognize that the title of this book might discourage some portion of the population from picking it up, but that would be a missed opportunity. David Litt’s entertaining memoir, subtitled My Hopey, Changey White House Years, is more than … Continue reading

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ELIGIBLE by Curtis Sittenfeld

I held off on reading ELIGIBLE for a few years because I adore Jane Austen’s PRIDE AND PREJUDICE and I was afraid that this book, a modernization of that classic novel, could not possibly compare. So why bother? I was … Continue reading

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YOU’LL GROW OUT OF IT by Jessi Klein

My friend Anne had trouble reading this book. Not intellectually, but logistically. She had to keep taking off her glasses and wiping her eyes because she couldn’t stop laughing so hard that it made her weep. Jessi Klein is a … Continue reading

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FURIOUSLY HAPPY by Jenny Lawson

If I’ve said it once, I’ve said it a hundred times: if you sit next to me on public transportation, you are in danger of being chortled to death. A recent train ride home from New York with a copy … Continue reading

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SICK IN THE HEAD by Judd Apatow

With Stephen Colbert preparing for a new gig, Jon Stewart leaving The Daily Show, and Amy Schumer’s first movie coming out this week, we have plenty to muse about when it comes to comedy these days. Judd Apatow’s SICK IN … Continue reading

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HOW TO START A FIRE by Lisa Lutz

Regular readers of this blog know I am a HUGE fan of Lisa Lutz, the author of the Spellman File series and Heads You Lose (with David Hayward). So it should come as no surprise that she has once again … Continue reading

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BARK by Lorrie Moore

As any true short story junkie knows, you cannot go wrong with Lorrie Moore. Beginning with her first collection, SELF-HELP (published in 1985), she established herself as a deft musician with words, and she has rarely hit a wrong note. … Continue reading

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SWAMPED by Sandy Gingras

I’ve been 29 for long enough to remember when movie tickets cost $1 and I was paid $3.25 an hour to chop onions. These days, movie tickets are $13, and I am paid considerably more not to chop anything. So … Continue reading

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THE ROSIE PROJECT by Graeme Simsion

Regular readers of this blog may recall that after this year’s Valentine’s Day episode of The Big Bang Theory, I drew one simple conclusion: In a world where Sheldon can kiss Amy, anything is possible. While reading THE ROSIE PROJECT, … Continue reading

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SEATING ARRANGEMENTS by Maggie Shipstead

Most weddings I’ve attended have utterly bored me, so I don’t normally have much interest in wedding-related novels, either. But Maggie Shipstead’s Seating Arrangements is a fun, summery romp that also maintains an edge of plausibility as it carves through … Continue reading

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