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Book Review: Shrill by Lindy West

Book Review: Shrill by Lindy West

Title: Shrill: Notes from a Loud Woman Author: Lindy West Publisher: Hachette Hardcover: 272 pages Source: BookCon 2016 Summary: (taken from Goodreads) Coming of age in a culture that demands women be as small, quiet, and compliant as possible–like a porcelain dove that will also have sex with you–writer and humorist Lindy West quickly discovered that she was anything but. From a painfully shy childhood in which she tried, unsuccessfully, to hide her big body and even bigger opinions; to…

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Book Review: Me Talk Pretty One Day by David Sedaris

Book Review: Me Talk Pretty One Day by David Sedaris

Title: Me Talk Pretty One Day Author: David Sedaris Publisher: LittleBrown and Company Paperback: 272 pages Source: Chicago Public Library Overdrive Summary: (taken from Goodreads) David Sedaris’ move to Paris from New York inspired these hilarious pieces, including the title essay, about his attempts to learn French from a sadistic teacher who declares that “every day spent with you is like having a caesarean section”. His family is another inspiration. You Can’t Kill the Rooster is a portrait of his…

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Book Review: A Slip of the Keyboard – Collected Nonfiction by Terry Pratchett

Book Review: A Slip of the Keyboard – Collected Nonfiction by Terry Pratchett

Title: A Slip of the Keyboard – Collected Nonfiction Author: Terry Pratchett Publisher: Doubleday Hardcover: 323 pages Source: Chicago OverDrive Library Summary: (taken from Goodreads) Terry Pratchett has earned a place in the hearts of readers the world over with his bestselling Discworld series — but in recent years he has become equally well-known and respected as an outspoken campaigner for causes including Alzheimer’s research and animal rights. A Slip of the Keyboard brings together for the first time the…

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Audiobook Review: When You Are Engulfed in Flames by David Sedaris

Audiobook Review: When You Are Engulfed in Flames by David Sedaris

Title: When You Are Engulfed in Flames Author: David Sedaris Narrator: David Sedaris Publisher: Hachette Audio Length: ~ 9 hours Summary: (Taken from Goodreads) Trying to make coffee when the water is shut off, David considers using the water in a vase of flowers and his chain of associations takes him from the French countryside to a hilariously uncomfortable memory of buying drugs in a mobile home in rural North Carolina. In essay after essay, Sedaris proceeds from bizarre conundrums…

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