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review 2017-02-14 23:08
Food: A Love Story
Food: A Love Story - Jim Gaffigan

This was my first exposure to the comedy of Jim Gaffigan.  I went with audio because I figured it would come the closest to seeing him live; he's the narrator, so you experience this book presumably the way it was intended to be delivered.

 

It was good.  At no point did I ever want to fast forward, or yell at him through my car speakers.  I found almost all of it amusing, and there were some great one liners, but other than one out-loud chuckle, most of the humour remained at the amusing level.

 

If asked about my favourite bit, I'd definitely say it's the part where he talks about McDonalds, and how everybody has their own McDonalds, whether it's Star Magazine, or the hidden stash of chocolate, or the Ben and Jerry's in the freezer, we all have a McDonalds equivalent.  This had me talking back to my dashboard: "Yeah, that's right, I never thought of it like that - we do all have our own McDonalds!".  

 

The narration was... ok.  I don't think anyone could have done it better - but there was, especially at the beginning, a bit of stiffness; a sense that he hadn't seen the material for some time before he started recording the narration.  Sometimes, he really got into it and then the narration was great; the listener got a good idea of how great he'd be in a live show.

 

I'm glad I listened to it; it was entertaining.  If Gaffigan were ever to make it this far on tour, I definitely pony up the money to see him live.

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text 2016-09-08 09:33
Sometimes asking for clarification isn't very clarifying...

Most of my book friends have heard be bitch over the years about how expensive my library's InterLibrary Loan program is: $5.50 for every book requested.  The librarian was very clear about the program when I first applied for my library card.  This fee has always been a motivating force behind why I buy all my books.

 

But a couple of months ago my part-time work became much more part-time and it felt prudent to pare that book buying habit way back.  I sure as hell wasn't going to pare my reading back, so that meant finding a way to embrace my local library and its limited (regarding my tastes) collections.

 

I was on the site the other day, figuring out how to borrow their Audiobooks, and I saw a passing comment about how you could pick up or return your library books at any council (county) library.  That's all it said; I couldn't find anything else that expanded on that but I started to have the sinking sensation that I'd been part of a massive cultural translation fail.

 

So when I went to the library the other day, I asked:  Do you differentiate between ILL and inter-council library requests?  The answer:  Yes!  You can borrow any book in the council library system for free and it will be delivered to your branch of choice for pick up.

 

 

This is a perfect example of what I mean when I try to tell people that moving to AU was in some ways harder than it would have been had I moved to a non-English speaking country.  That librarian and I both knew what an InterLibrary Loan was; we just didn't know our definitions were different.

 

On the plus side, my choices have expanded exponentially.  :)

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review 2016-08-17 23:28
A Passion for Books
A Passion for Books: A Book Lover's Treasury of Stories, Essays, Humor, Love and Lists on Collecting, Reading, Borrowing, Lending, Caring for, and Appreciating Books - Rob Kaplan,Harold Rabinowitz

The Subtitle for this book is:

A Book Lover's Treasury of Stories, Essays, Humor, Lore, and Lists on Collecting, Reading, Borrowing, Lending, Caring for, and Appreciating Books.

 

which is pretty much the most accurate synopsis of the book possible.  It's an excellent collection of bits: cartoons, lists, quotes, poems and essays that range in length from one page to twenty.  I think there's even a curse upon those who steal books in here somewhere.

 

Everything included revolves around the simple love (or obsession) for books, as objects more than the stories they contain.  That's not to say the joy of reading isn't part of the whole, but this collection focuses on the joy, the need, of owning the books themselves.  Readers who've gone wholly digital, or prefer a minimalist housekeeping approach won't find much to love here.

 

As with any collection of writings from various authors and times, some are better than others, but there were very few I just didn't care for and then only because I either found the writing too dense or dated or the subject matter not quite interesting enough to enthral me.  There were maybe three all up that I wouldn't have missed if they were left out.  Given the table of contents runs to two and a half pages, that's a pretty good ratio.

 

The authors also include a 6 page bibliography at the end of other books about books, with the ones they used to create A Passion for Books marked with an asterisk.

 

This was a library loan for me, but I've already ordered a copy in hardcover for my personal library.  I'll enjoy dipping in and out of it again and again.

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text 2016-07-28 16:33
TBR Thursday*: Actually On Time For Once Edition
America's Women: 400 Years of Dolls, Drudges, Helpmates, and Heroines - Gail Collins
I Spy a Duke (Covert Heiresses Book 1) - Erica Monroe
The Whole-Brain Child: 12 Revolutionary Strategies to Nurture Your Child's Developing Mind, Survive Everyday Parenting Struggles, and Help Your Family Thrive - Tina Payne Bryson,Daniel J. Siegel
The Dressmaker of Khair Khana: Five Sisters, One Remarkable Family, and the Woman Who Risked Everything to Keep Them Safe - Gayle Tzemach Lemmon
The Mercy of the Sky: The Story of a Tornado - Holly Bailey
The Carousel Painter - Judith McCoy Miller
The Van Alen Legacy - Melissa de la Cruz
Revelations - Melissa de la Cruz
Bitter is the New Black: Confessions of a Condescending, Egomaniacal, Self-Centered Smartass, Or, Why You Should Never Carry A Prada Bag to the Unemployment Office - Jen Lancaster

New books this week.

 

Personal Collection:

1. America's Women by Gail Collins

    I have wanted to read this book ever since I read and used (quite extensively) Collins' book on second wave feminism for my final thesis paper for my degree.

 

2. I Spy a Duke (Covert Heiress #1) by Erica Monroe

    Completely a "oh, nice cover and good blurb and it's only 99 cents" impulse choice.

 

Library Loans:

3. The Whole-Brain Child by Daniel J. Siegel and Tina Payne Bryson

    You may see me reading more of these kinds of books since in six weeks my sweet baby boy will enter kindergarten. It is a pretty slim volume, so hopefully I won't get lost reading all the hard science.

 

4. The Dressmaker of Khair Khana by Gayle Tzemach Lemmon

     I have been thinking of reading this book since I read Ashley's War by the same author. Lemmon has a way of describing a culture that is very foreign to me without dumbing it down.

 

5. The Carousel Painter by Judith Miller

    I love carousels. That cover. This was such an impulse choice.

 

6. The Mercy of the Sky by Holly Bailey

    I have a thing for non-fiction books about natural disasters. I think it stems from my work in the military (Emergency Management). This one is about the tornadoes that hit Moore, OK in 2013.

 

7. Revelations (Blue Bloods #3) by Melissa de la Cruz

8. The Van Alen Legacy (Blue Bloods #4) by Melissa de la Cruz 

    Trying to get back into the Blue Bloods series. I tend to think about this series only in August and September for some reason, which is why I am only on books 3 and 4.

 

Toss Out:

9. Bitter is the New Black by Jen Lancaster

    I could not stand the humor of this book. I read the prologue and the ending, and decided it wasn't for me. Since I didn't read enough of the book to feel warranted in giving it a DNF, I just deleted it from my shelves.

 

*bookish meme created by Moonlight Reader

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text 2016-07-14 22:15
TBR Thursday* Free Range Reading Edition**
Say Yes to the Death: A Debutante Dropout Mystery (Debutante Dropout Mysteries) - Susan McBride
Lowcountry Book Club - Susan M. Boyer
The Unleashing - Shelly Laurenston
Long Gone Girl - Amy Rose Bennett
Gambled Away: A Historical Romance Anthology - Rose Lerner,Molly O'Keefe,Joanna Bourne,Jeannie Lin,Isabel Cooper
Bitter is the New Black: Confessions of a Condescending, Egomaniacal, Self-Centered Smartass, Or, Why You Should Never Carry A Prada Bag to the Unemployment Office - Jen Lancaster
Bossypants - Tina Fey
Troublemaker: Surviving Hollywood and Scientology - Rebecca Paley,Leah Remini
Yes Please - Amy Poehler
Brenda Novak Whiskey Creek Series Vol One: When We TouchWhen Lightning StrikesWhen Snow FallsWhen Summer Comes - Brenda Novak

Personal Library Additions

1. Long Gone Girl by Amy Rose Bennett

    Heard about this book from a review at Dear Author. Heroine is a Korean War veteran and it's a second chance romance set in the mid to late 1950s. That is my catnip, plus I dig the cover. Only available in Kindle edition.

 

2. Lowcountry Bordello and Lowcountry Book Club (Liz Talbot Mystery) by Susan M. Boyer

    This is where most of my Apple settlement money went to, but I am looking forward to catching up with the gang of Stella Maris, SC.

 

3. Say Yes to Death (Debutante Drop Out Mystery) by Susan McBride

    Apple settlement money went here to; feels like forever since I read a DD Mystery book.

 

4. When We Touch (Whisky Creek Novella) by Brenda Novak

     NOOK freebie. Probably going to start the books in the Whiskey Creek series I have already next month.

 

5. The Unleashing by Shelly Laurenston

     Laurenston did an podcast interview with Sarah Wendell of Smart Bitches, Trashy Books and she seemed like a really great author. I saw this as a NOOK sale or freebie and picked it up.

 

6. Gambled Away: An Anthology by Various Authors

    Someone on my friends list (sorry can't remember who) just reviewed this a few days ago and it seems up my alley. I liked three of the authors in this anthology, so I have a good feeling about this. Kindle edition only.

 

 

Library Loans

7. Bitter is the New Black: A Memoir by Jen Lancaster

    Recommended by the librarian I trust.

 

8. Troublemaker by Leah Remini

    Awwwwww yeah.

 

9. Bossy Pants by TIna Fey

    Well, since I picked up Poehler's book, might as well. Plus Grim had a good review of it.

 

10. Yes Please by Amy Poehler

      What I originally intended on picking up when I went to the library.

 

*idea created by Moonlight Reader

 

**SusannaG's name for my reading method of late

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