Cover showing brown owl against cream background

Let's Explore Diabetes with Owls

David Sedaris
Rated by
Hope H.
Wednesday, Oct 2, 2013

Don’t be fooled, you’ll learn nothing about diabetes or owls here, but the random suggestion makes it all the more entertaining. Shortly before this book was released, I had the privilege of attending “An Evening with David Sedaris” in Kansas City, where I got a preview of some of the hilarious treasures to come in Let’s Explore Diabetes with Owls. Sedaris likes to test his pieces with various live audiences, tweaking them along the way until they are primed for publishing, and

Tuesday, Jun 25, 2013

In the introduction, Kaling says of herself, “I’m only marginally qualified to be giving advice at all. My body mass index is certainly not ideal, I frequently use my debit card to buy things that cost less than three dollars, because I never have cash on me, and my bedroom is so untidy it looks like vandals ransacked the Anthropologie Sale section. I’m kind of a mess.” And yet, she’s written a compelling, humorous memoir, with occasional advice. The advice she does offer is based on her own, real-life experiences and all the more valuable for its lack of childhood trauma.

The Spellman Files by Lisa Lutz

Rated by
Helen H.
Sunday, Dec 23, 2012

Lisa Lutz’s The Spellman Files is the funniest mystery since Stephanie Plum made her debut way back when in One for the Money.

Tuesday, Dec 11, 2012

This hilarious Swiss Family Robinson meets Glass Castles memoir is not for the easily offended. Jenny Lawson, plagued with anxiety and panic attacks finds solace in the online community she meets through her blog; The Bloggess, Like Mother Teresa, Only Better. She discovers acceptance from these new friends despite her bad wardrobe, her fascination with taxidermy

Friday, Dec 7, 2012

Francesco Marciuliano writes the comic strip Sally Forth and has carried his sense of humor over to I Could Pee on This. As the title states, this is a book of poetry written by cats. It is illustrated with pictures of the cat authors. The cat pictures range from awww cute to majestic to disdainful, just like cats.

Wednesday, Oct 17, 2012

I listened to Trail of the Spellmans, the fifth book in the Spellman Files series. As with all of the books in the series, Isabel “Izzy” Spellman is our protagonist. Izzy is a private eye employed by the Spellman Detective Agency owned by her parents, Albert and Olivia. All previous books i

Friday, Sep 28, 2012

What do a cryptologist, patent lawyer, artist, writer, chemist, math teacher, and their waiter do when they get together? Why solve mysteries of course! At least, that is what they do in the mind and imagination of Isaac Asimov in his Black Widowers short stories. Each month this group gets together for dinner. They take turns bringing a guest. Inevitably, a mystery around the guest arises, and the Black Widowers attempt to solve it.

Sunday, Sep 2, 2012

The unnamed heroine of this tale redefines whacky. In her early twenties, with a degree in English, she is working in a pet library – yes, where pets may be “checked out.” Meanwhile her life is turned upside-down by Robert Louis Stevenson’s Treasure Island (a library book checked out to a friend that she has no intention of returning.) “She” – not sure what else to call her – resolves to adopt what she considers Jim Hawkins’ best qualities: BOLDNESS, RESOL

Friday, Jul 20, 2012

Has Wil Wheaton ever tweeted you a picture of himself collating paper? Have you ever surprised your husband with a six foot metal chicken? Has your father ever made a hand puppet out of a dead squirrel?

Ranchero by Nick Gavin

Rated by
Melody M.K.
Monday, Jun 18, 2012