Ashley’s November Recommendation

let's explore diabetes with owlsI recently listened to the audiobook of Lets Explore Diabetes With Owls by David Sedaris. I’m a big Sedaris fan. Usually I read his latest work in print and pick up the audiobook later before a big road trip. This time, I sought out the audiobook first and I’m glad I did. While the voice of Sedaris rings through printed text, there’s something very special about hearing him read his own work. The audiobook of Lets Explore Diabetes With Owls is made up of live and studio recordings of Sedaris’ latest book of essays. These essays revolve around his life and travels abroad and, of course, his family. Sedaris gives readers his usual dose of comedy, but there is a more serious undertone to many of the essays in this book. If you need a break from the radio, I highly recommend popping this book into your CD player. It provides an interesting look at one man’s life and it may spark a bit of introspection on your end.
Swan Summary:
“From the unique perspective of David Sedaris comes a new book of essays taking his readers on a bizarre and stimulating world tour. From the perils of French dentistry to the eating habits of the Australian kookaburra, from the squat-style toilets of Beijing to the particular wilderness of a North Carolina Costco, we learn about the absurdity and delight of a curious traveler’s experiences. Whether railing against the habits of litterers in the English countryside or marveling over a disembodied human arm in a taxidermist’s shop, Sedaris takes us on side-splitting adventures that are not to be forgotten”
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Julia’s August Recommendation(s)

Julia had two recommendations to share for the month of August. Both are posted because one is the audiobook version of a book that Blaise recommended back in march.  Check both of these out!

Audiobook version of Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me? (And Other Concerns) by Mindy Kaling

“I have been laughing out loud–even while stuck in summer construction traffic–thanks to Mindy Kaling’s reading of her book Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me? (And Other Concerns). In a series of short and often hilarious personal essays, Kaling details her journey to becoming a “quadruple threat” as writer, director, producer, and actor on NBC’s The Office.”

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3Similar Listens (Nonfiction Audiobooks)

1) Bossypants by Tina Fey (Access to library catalog here!)

2) Seriously?…I’m Kidding by Ellen DeGeneres (Access to library catalog here!)

3) I Know I Am, But What Are You? by Samantha Bee (Access to library catalog here!)

3 Similar Listens (Fiction Audiobooks)

1) Can You Keep A Secret? by Sophie Kinsella (Access to library catalog here!)

2) A Dirty Job by Christopher Moore (Access to library catalog here!)

3) Basket Case by Carl Hiaasen (Access to library catalog here!)

And here is Julia’s 2nd Recommendation for August….

In The Woods by Tana French

“The first in Tana French’s Dublin Murder Squad series, this book was a thoroughly engrossing read for a lazy summer afternoon. In fact, I could not put it down and stayed up until the wee hours to finish it. A child’s murder in a neighborhood on the outskirts of Dublin revives the
memory of two children who went missing twenty years in the woods near the same neighborhood. French provides not only a great mystery, but also mesmerizing psychological portraits of her characters. Broken Harbor, the latest book in this series, was just released.

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3 Similar Reads (Fiction)

1) Bent Road by Lori Roy (Access to library catalog here!)

2) The End of Everything by Megan Abbott (Access to library catalog here!)

3) Case Histories by Kate Atkinson (Access to library catalog here!)

3 Similar Reads (Nonfiction)

1) The Lost Night by Rachel Howard (Access to library catalog here!)

2) Midnight in Peking by Paul French (Access to library catalog here!)

3) Pointing From the Grave by Samantha Weinberg (Access to library catalog here!)

Pat’s April Recommendation

Reading For My Life by John Leonard

“Reading for my life by John Leonard is what I’m loving now.  You might remember John Leonard if you listened to NPR and watch Sunday Morning on CBS, where he often had some commentary.  This book is a collection of Leonard’s most significant writings, many never published before . . . :”cultural touchstones of a generation, each piece a testament to his wit, intelligence and love for the arts.”

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Hadley’s April Recommendation

This Is Water by David Foster Wallace

“This isn’t really a “book” per se, but is instead a transcript of a commencement address that Wallace gave to the 2005 graduating class of Kenyon College. Some readers of this speech have noted that given Wallace’s death, they find the text to be depressing, but I thought it was quite inspiring. Wallace’s primary point is that a liberal arts education teaches you how to think, and that is actually a very important skill to acquire in life. To Wallace, critical thinking involves “exercising some control over how and what you think”, “choos(ing) what you pay attention to and choos(ing) how you construct meaning from experience”. I found his message both humorous and refreshing.”

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Sue’s April Recommendation

You Are Not So Smart: Why You Have Too Many Friends on Facebook, Why Your Memory is Mostly Fiction, And 46 Other Ways You’re Deluding Yourself by David McRaney

“McRaney debunks common misperceptions on his blog youarenotsomart.com.  This book is a series of essays, summarizing a multitude of scientific experiments that expose many ways we fool ourselves into thinking that we are smarter than we really are.  His writing is breezy and lean, and I liked that I could read a few pages at a time–because, as I learned,  I am not so smart!”

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Blaise’s March Recommendation

Is Everyone Hanging out Without Me? by Mindy Kaling

“I would like to recommend Mindy Kaling’s book Is Everyone Hanging out Without Me?  Kaling is an actor and writer who plays the character Kelly Kapoor on the television show The Office.  In this book, she talks about growing up, her family, her friends, her career and behind the scenes at The Office. This was the first book I read after having my baby and it was funny and light but still interesting and decently written – the perfect thing to read when you aren’t getting much sleep!”

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Pat’s January Recommendation

Arguably: Essays by Christopher Hitchens by Christopher Hitchens

“Hitchens can join the list of great conversationalists.  No one can match his “cerebral pyrotechnics.” If you’ve ever seen/heard him interviewed, you know what I mean.  Strong, tough and unafraid to speak his mind on many subjects.    He died recently … too young.”

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