Strange but true stories from a librarian who worked in public libraries in Missouri and California. Contrary to what many of our patrons believe libraries are not always quiet, calm places where nothing unusual happens. As a mentoring staff member said to me when I first started, remember this is a public library that means we will see all of the public, people from every walk of life and in every kind of situation.
No two days are exactly the same at a public library. There are the sweet moments, sad moments, the times when you’ve just made someone’s day simply by having the book or movie they were looking for, or telling a patron they have a late fee is the last straw on an already bad day. But sometimes you get those moments where you might have just made a major difference in someone’s life today.
A lot of the stories in the book are the more amusing and unusual happenings that Gina Sheridan encountered at the libraries where she has worked but some are touching too.
Written as the daily diary of an unnamed house cat, Diary of a Cat shows you the world through a feline perspective. Cat shares what he sees in his own neighborhood and not just the birds but what his human neighbors are up to as well. You will discover what Cat is thinking while he stays at a single speck on the wall, how it feels about a new kitten moving into his house and why sleeping is such a vital all-day activity and much more.
A funny, sweet read.
Here we learn where Grumpy Cat lives (in Arizona), what his first words were “No”, “Good”, and how he likes the desert. Full of the humor you’ve come to know and love, Grumpy Cat spreads his warm fuzzies around.
Let the hilarity ensue! This humorous look at one person’s life is as funny as it is interesting. I am not a dog owner, but I could still relate to the chapters about life with her dogs simply from knowing other people who live with dogs. The chapters on depression, while also funny, are very poignant and hit close to home for anyone who suffers from or knows someone who suffers from depression. I would recommend this book just for those chapters alone. At times, I felt like the author had stepped out of her life and into my own when she was describing the “flawed coping mechanisms” part of the book. It will definitely make readers giggle even if they don’t see themselves in the events the author is describing. I couldn’t get enough of this one. Hope she publishes a second!
This is a great slice of life from the stacks. I enjoyed it immensely as it reminded me of a few patrons that I or my fellow library staff have been blessed to deal with. Some of the stories made me laugh out loud and attract the interest of my kiddos! Good stuff.
There is a reason we don’t carry this title…yep, its Not that good. Remind me to never read a book, just because the cover looks really good. They say you cannot judge a book by its cover, well, thats Not entirely true. If the cover features a knife dripping with blood, you know chances are good, that its just NOT a “cozy mystery”. But I digress.
Main character, Jimmy Zoole’s has had a wretched year: his best friend died, his acting career is dead, his apt has been burgled repeatedly, his promising manuscript for a novel gone with burglary #3, his girlfriend just broke up with him, and now his cat has died while at the vets. Its being capped off with burglary #4 on New Year’s Eve. Zoole catches the burglar in the act ties him to the kitchen counter, and vents by hitting the burglar. I thought it would be lots funnier. Yes I knew there’d be some black humor. But I thought the burglar turning around and helping Zoole after being hit repeatedly stretched credulity.
The cover (the black one) looks like it’d be a hilarious read, a little quirky… Not for me. Yet this book, was turned into both a play and a movie, perhaps I’m being harsh.
How to Survive a Sharknado and Other Unnatural Disasters: Fight Back When Monsters and Mother Nature Attack is a very important book. I repeat a very important book. Not only do you learn how to survive a Sharknado but many other unusual things Mother Nature could throw at you, such as, Arachnoquake, Ghost Shark, Redneck Gator and many more. Read this book.
This is a heartwarming and hilarious collection of stories of interactions the author has had with patrons in the public library where she worked. A must-read for anyone who has worked in a public library.
While I think I liked “Smile” a tad better, I had a blast reading “Sisters.” I love how Raina’s graphic novels are so humorous but realistic at the same time. I can relate to many of the situations her characters encounter.
The tidbits of the the past added to this novel helped me to understand the
relationship that the sisters have. It also showed the struggles of the parents trying to raise 3 children in a tiny apartment.
Cute little novel. Can’t wait for the next!
Wow! If you think Tina Fey’s humor is scathing, you need to check out Joan Rivers. I’d heard snippets of her on TV years ago, and didn’t think she was all that much. But I heard another snippet more recently and all I can say is OUCH! Well, I do find her funny, well mostly, some of her numbers are pretty harsh. But she does direct a lot of the really nasty stuff at herself. And by nasty I mean in both senses of the word, more offensive terminology and raunchy scenes than perhaps anyone else (though often I can’t understand the words of some of the raunchier comics, so I don’t bother). She is entirely shameless and unapologetic.
In her first memoir, Roz Chast brings her signature wit to the topic of aging parents. Spanning the last several years of their lives and told through four-color cartoons, family photos, and documents, and a narrative as rife with laughs as it is with tears, Chast’s memoir is both comfort and comic relief for anyone experiencing the life-altering loss of elderly parents.
When it came to her elderly mother and father, Roz held to the practices of denial, avoidance, and distraction. But when Elizabeth Chast climbed a ladder to locate an old souvenir from the “crazy closet”—with predictable results—the tools that had served Roz well through her parents’ seventies, eighties, and into their early nineties could no longer be deployed.
While the particulars are Chast-ian in their idiosyncrasies—an anxious father who had relied heavily on his wife for stability as he slipped into dementia and a former assistant principal mother whose overbearing personality had sidelined Roz for decades—the themes are universal: adult children accepting a parental role; aging and unstable parents leaving a family home for an institution; dealing with uncomfortable physical intimacies; managing logistics; and hiring strangers to provide the most personal care.
An amazing portrait of two lives at their end and an only child coping as best she can, Can’t We Talk about Something More Pleasant will show the full range of Roz Chast’s talent as cartoonist and storyteller.
It is so hard to write good comedy. This is why listening to comedians is much better than reading their books. Listening and watching gives you more insight into the joke. John Moe’s book on pop culture just isn’t funny. Sometimes being in the right frame of mind helps, so, I will read the book at a later date to see if my opinion changes but for now…..
A funny book of advice for cats from cats. But seriously, it’s a parady of the popular Dangerous Book for Boys and Daring Book for Girls that tells the kids how to do stuff that used to be common knowledge for most people. Everything from building a fire safely in the woods to how to play marbles to the importance of writing a letter (yes, with pen and paper) for certain situations. The books also feature lesser known but important men and women from history that the authors felt could be good role models for children.
This book advises cats on how to train their human, how to be the best hunter they can be and also gives them “histories” of famous and important cats. If you love cats and especially if you have a house cat you will recognize a lot of these behaviors and they way the authors interpret what the cats are thinking is hilarious.
Humorous collection of drawings of Pusheen the cat and pointers on day to day activities in the life of a cat. I first saw Pusheen on Facebook as an a collection of emoticon art you can add to private messages then saw the book.
I had so much fun reading Agent Gates, a parody of Downton Abbey, I decided I needed to read Downton Tabby. This was a fun quick read, with humor not just satirizing the TV series, but also grabbing puns from a variety of sources.
Box Lunch is an adult oriented book. It deals with the taboo subject of sex. Why sex is taboo is beyond me. Oral sex is the subject matter of this piece of work. This could be one of the funniest books I have read and yet instructional too. If you do not like explicit sexual books then stay away from this one. Diana approaches Box Lunch from her own experiences. If you’re not familiar with the author it’s because she edits and writes for the lesbian magazine, On Our Backs. I would recommend this book.
I will admit to not watching The Office, but I have seen Mindy Kaling in interviews and other things and enjoyed her. Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me? is an entertaining look at her rise through Hollywood and other aspects of her life. She narrates the audiobook herself and has a witty way of telling her story. The book is short and jumps topics quite a bit which does help keep your attention. No one topic is so long that it will bore you and some of the shorter ones are the funniest. I think Kaling fans will enjoy this book.