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Wishlist Wednesday #17: Parodies – An Anthology from Chaucer to Beerbohm — And After by Dwight Macdonald

Wishlist Wednesday #17: Parodies – An Anthology from Chaucer to Beerbohm — And After by Dwight Macdonald

This meme was created by Pen to Paper. Each week we will share a book that has been recently added to our wishlist or has been on it for ages. My husband and I found this on a trip to the Newberry Library’s Book Fair sale, which takes place in Chicago on the last week of July every year. We’re literature nerds, so we thought having an anthology of parodies sounded perfect. Can’t wait to read this! Title: Parodies – An…

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Book Review: Angus, Thongs, and Full-Frontal Snogging by Louise Rennison

Book Review: Angus, Thongs, and Full-Frontal Snogging by Louise Rennison

Title: Angus, Thongs, and Full-Frontal Snogging Author: Louise Rennison Series: Confessions of Georgia Nicolson, Book 1 Publisher: Harper Teen Hardcover: 247 pages Source: Chicago Public Library Summary: (taken from Goodreads) Buy from The Book Depository There are six things very wrong with my life: 1. I have one of those under-the-skin spots that will never come to a head but lurk in a red way for the next two years. 2. It is on my nose 3. I have a three-year-old sister who may have peed…

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Wishlist Wednesday #15: Fruits Basket, Vol 2 by Natsuki Takaya

Wishlist Wednesday #15: Fruits Basket, Vol 2 by Natsuki Takaya

This meme was created by Pen to Paper. Each week we will share a book that has been recently added to our wishlist or has been on it for ages. A lot of my friends in high school and college were obsessed with this show, so when I needed a new manga to read, I decided to check out the first volume of Fruits Basket. (The fact that my library had all the volumes was also a factor.) I found…

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Book Review: The One in the Middle is the Green Kangaroo by Judy Blume

Book Review: The One in the Middle is the Green Kangaroo by Judy Blume

Title: The One in the Middle is the Green Kangaroo Author: Judy Blume Illustrator: Amy Aitken Publisher: Yearling Paperback: 48 pages Source: Chicago Overdrive Summary: (taken from Goodreads) Second grader Freddy Dissel has that left-out kind of feeling. Life seems lonely when you’re the middle kid in the family. Freddy feels like “the peanut butter part of a sandwich,” squeezed between an older brother and little sister. But now for the first time it’s Freddy’s chance to show everyone, including himself, just how special he…

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Book Review: Yes Please by Amy Poehler

Book Review: Yes Please by Amy Poehler

Title: Yes Please Author: Amy Poehler Publisher: Dey Street Books Hardcover: 329 pages Source: Chicago Public Library Summary: (taken from Goodreads) In Amy Poehler’s highly anticipated first book, Yes Please, she offers up a big juicy stew of personal stories, funny bits on sex and love and friendship and parenthood and real life advice (some useful, some not so much), like when to be funny and when to be serious. Powered by Amy’s charming and hilarious, biting yet wise voice, Yes Please is a book…

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Book Review: I Love My Computer Because My Friends Live in It by Jess Kimball Leslie

Book Review: I Love My Computer Because My Friends Live in It by Jess Kimball Leslie

Title: I Love My Computer Because My Friends Live in It Author: Jess Kimball Leslie Publisher: Running Press Paperback: 240 pages Source: NetGalley Summary: (taken from Goodreads) Love My Computer Because My Friends Live in It is tech analyst Jess Kimball Leslie’s hilarious, frank homage to the technology that contributed so significantly to the person she is today. From accounts of the lawless chat rooms of early AOL to the perpetual high school reunions that are modern-day Facebook and Instagram, her essays paint a…

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Review: The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian by Sherman Alexie

Review: The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian by Sherman Alexie

Title: The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian Author: Sherman Alexie Illustrator: Ellen Forney Publisher: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers Hardcover: 230 pages Source: Chicago Public Library Summary: (taken from Goodreads) Bestselling author Sherman Alexie tells the story of Junior, a budding cartoonist growing up on the Spokane Indian Reservation. Determined to take his future into his own hands, Junior leaves his troubled school on the rez to attend an all-white farm town high school where the only…

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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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Audiobook Review: Dodger by Terry Pratchett

Audiobook Review: Dodger by Terry Pratchett

Title: Dodger Author: Terry Pratchett Narrator: Stephen Briggs Publisher: HarperCollins Running Time: 10 hours, 31 minutes Source: Download from the Audiobook Sync program Summary: (taken from Goodreads) A storm. Rain-lashed city streets. A flash of lightning. A scruffy lad sees a girl leap desperately from a horse-drawn carriage in a vain attempt to escape her captors. Can the lad stand by and let her be caught again? Of course not, because he’s…Dodger. Seventeen-year-old Dodger may be a street urchin, but he gleans a living from London’s…

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