Book Review: The Wordy Shipmates, by Sarah Vowell

book reviewIf you’re looking for a great book recommendation, you could certainly do worse than Sarah Vowell’s The Wordy ShipmatesStrike that, the book was amazing, who am I kidding?  I guess I feel like kind of a book nerd admitting this, but Vowell makes history fun.  Exciting.  Hilarious!  I know, I couldn’t believe it either.  But there you have it. Continue reading

Library Wait Lists and Late Fees Strike Again

It’s happened again!a little life cover image  After several months on the library waiting list, it was finally, finally my turn to get my hands on the book I had heard so much about: A Little Life by Hanya Yanagihara.  I was so excited!  I had heard so many good things.  That it was one of the great works of contemporary literature.  Moving.  Award-winning.  Incredibly done. Continue reading

Book Nerds Unite: Dunce Version

dunce cap catCalling all book nerds, anarchists, and dunces!  We, the dunce academy need to kick this revolution into higher gear.  We need to let the internet know that we are one of the best cyber book clubs around.  We need to rival other book sites like Goodreads and BookRiot and Amazon.  They’ve got nothing on us.  I want a book list and I want it now.  Let’s spread reading and our love of books.  Let’s start a fire.  Find a book, give it to a friend, a stranger, your mailman, your enemy.  I don’t care at this point, we just need to spread the word. Continue reading

Book Review: Dear Mr. You

dear mr you book coverThis book might have been just as fascinating had it been written to all the women in Mary-Louise Parker’s life.  No doubt it would have been.  If Parker and/or her editors ever stumble upon this lowly site, I gently and humbly encourage them to embark on that venture.  You heard the idea here first! Continue reading

AbeBooks.com Shout Out

underratedA friend recently tagged me in a link to an article on obscure and hard to find and grossly underrated books according to 21 of our favorite authors.  I was overjoyed.  Book recommendations are my favorite, and a book recommendation from a favorite author, especially of an underrated, hard to find book, seems like just about the best thing in the world, right? Continue reading

Vacation Reading: Florida Edition

Left to my own devices, the suitcase I would bring on a Florida vacation would be 90% full of books.  If there happens to be any leftover room for a toothbrush and a swimsuit, great.  Anything else would be superfluous.  But as my wife is fond of reminding me, these are no longer viable packing options, given our current circumstances. Continue reading

More Late Fees, More Problems

When checking the mail a couple of weeks ago, my wife was surprised to see a piece of correspondence from our local library.  After opening it, she was even further surprised to see that it contained a notice informing her that, if she did not pay her outstanding late fees (at that time amounting to approximately $17), she would be sent to collections.  She was given a week to comply.  We were both outraged.

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Fight Club and the Disenchanted Middle Class

fight clubIn the “Afterword” to the book, which I can’t believe I am just now reading (I’ve read and enjoyed others of his, and this was one of my favorite movies of all time), Palahniuk talks about the making of the book and the environment leading up to its creation.  Specifically, he says in part: Continue reading