06. February 2014 · Comments Off · Categories: Humor, NonFiction, Tammy

American Thighs by Jill Conner Browne, read by Tammy, on 01/31/2014

american thighsHumorist, Jill Connor Browne, author of The Sweet Potato Queens Book of Love, writes a handbook for the “hot and flashy.” Whether young enough to look hot or of the age to feel that way in flashes… she gives advice about life and taking care of yourself and your girlfriends.She shares stories from her teen years forward and tells about kisses she wished for and the ones she wished she’d missed. A laugh-out-loud funny book that your husband will probably not understand.

 

 

28. January 2014 · Comments Off · Categories: Cookbooks, Fiction, How To's, Humor, Informational Book, Noelle, NonFiction

I Like You: Hospitality Under the Influence by Amy Sedaris, read by Noelle, on 01/08/2014

Cute. Quirky. Weird. Adorable.  INAPPROPRIATE!  Charming. Hilarious. Delicious.  Those are just a few words that come to mind when reading this book, which was a great deal of fun.  If you’re familiar with Amy Sedaris, then you’d expect nothing less.

Are you lacking direction in how to whip up a swanky soiree for lumberjacks?  A dinner party for white-collar workers?  A festive gathering for the grieving? Don’t despair. Take a cue from entertaining expert Amy Sedaris and host an unforgettable fete that will have your guests raving.  No matter the style or size of the gathering-from the straightforward to the bizarre-I LIKE YOU provides jackpot recipes and solid advice laced with Amy’s blisteringly funny take on entertaining, plus four-color photos and enlightening sidebars on everything it takes to pull off a party with extraordinary flair.  You don’t even need to be a host or hostess to benefit-Amy offers tips for guests, too!  (Number one: don’t be fifteen minutes early.)  Readers will discover unique dishes to serve alcoholics (Broiled Frozen Chicken Wings with Applesauce), the secret to a successful children’s party (a half-hour time limit, games included), plus a whole appendix chock-full of arts and crafts ideas (from a mini-pantyhose plant-hanger to a do-it-yourself calf stretcher), and much, much more!

16. December 2013 · Comments Off · Categories: Adult Books, Cats, Humor, NonFiction, Tammy

Does this Collar make my Butt Look Big? A Diet Book for Cats by Dena Harris, read by Tammy, on 12/14/2013

cat humorA humorous look at several of the current popular diets from the view point of a housecat. Tongue in cheek diet and cat humor.

02. December 2013 · Comments Off · Categories: Humor, Kira, NonFiction

I'll mature when I'm dead : Dave Barry's amazing tales of adulthood by Dave Barry., read by Kira, on 11/28/2013

dave barry    I never knew how funny Dave Barry is!  I will have to look into more of his material.  The two best vignettes were Fangs of Endearment: a Vampire novel which spoofed Stephanie Meyer’s Twilight Series, and I also really liked Tips for Visiting Miami which incorporates some data on crime in Miami (which I guess is kinda high).  He has some more serious vignettes on health which include urging people to get their routine exams, like oscilloscodavebarrpes.Twilight-Vampire-Joke

26. November 2013 · Comments Off · Categories: Humor, Short Stories, Tammy

Porch Talk: Stories of Decency, Common Sense, and Other Endangered Species by Philip Gulley, read by Tammy, on 11/23/2013

porch talkPhilip Gulley shares more heartwarming stories revolving around the front porch where friends and family gather to share stories and small moments. He writes about small-town life, his thoughts, and his Quaker meeting. His observations are humorous and remind the reader to stop and smell the roses, or in Gulley’s case, relax in the rocking chair on the front porch.

26. November 2013 · Comments Off · Categories: Humor, NonFiction, Tammy · Tags:

Grumpy Cat: A Grumpy Book for Grumpy Days by Grumpy Cat, read by Tammy, on 11/15/2013

grumpyIf you enjoy the snarky photo comics on Facebook then this book is for you. ; )

I was so excited to read this that I did something I rarely ever do: read an entire ebook on my phone. For real. I hate reading on my phone, especially for extended periods of time, but I don’t have a tablet or e-reader, so there you go. I received an e-copy of the book via NetGalley and promptly downloaded it to my phone. I had intended just to begin the book and then patiently wait for a print copy, but couldn’t ultimately could not stop reading. And laughing. So much laughing. Allie Brosh’s book is painfully honest and laugh-out-loud-hilarious. And her mastery of MS Paint for dramatic effect is unparalleled.
Anyone who has ever read and enjoyed “Hyperbole and a Half” ought to pick this up right away and read it cover to cover. Anyone who has never checked out “Hyperbole and a Half” has serious deficiencies in their life and they need to start reading the blog and/or this book immediately.

While the library doesn’t own a copy yet, we probably will sooner or later.  Until then, check out the blog at: http://hyperboleandahalf.blogspot.com

You won’t be disappointed.

21. November 2013 · Comments Off · Categories: Angie, Autobiographies, Humor, NonFiction

If You Ask Me (And of Course You Won't) by Betty White, read by Angie, on 11/20/2013

This short book was very entertaining to listen too. Betty White narrates the audiobook herself and is as funny as ever. She talks about a lot of things from her career to her love of pets to the people she has met. All stories are told with humor and the Betty White whit. It does seem a little random the way she jumps from topic to topic, but it is Betty White so all is forgiven.

18. November 2013 · Comments Off · Categories: Autobiographies, Humor, NonFiction, Sarah

Fakebook by Dave Cicerelli, read by Sarah , on 11/16/2013

Ever feel like you life is in a rut?  Wonder what it would be like to quit your job and start hiking across America?  Dave Cicirelli does just that, on his facebook profile.  Only a few people know the truth, he is still employed and has not “travelled” anywhere!  This book is good fun for the facebook addict.  Dave plays on people’s emotions and gets real responses to each of his updates.  Some people applaud him and others cajol and reprimand him.  This experiment to see what would happen if he made everyone believe he had jumped off of the deep end, takes over his life for about 6 months.  He discovers through this process that his previous perception of facebook aka fakebook, may be a little off.

This was a great read complete with fakebook updates and pictures to fill out the story.  It has some strong language at times, but it doesn’t detract from the story.

01. November 2013 · Comments Off · Categories: Adult Books, Fiction, Humor, Noelle

The Futurist by James P. Othmer, read by Noelle, on 10/23/2013

Yates is a Futurist.Which is a fancy way of saying he flies around the world, lecturing various conferences, confabs, and conglomerates, dispensing prepackaged bullshit in an attempt to stay just ahead of the latest trend and claim he saw it first. But now Yates has lost faith in the very future that he’s paid to sell and gives what should be a career-ending rant. Instead, a mysterious governmental group hires him to travel the globe and discover why the world seems to hate America. From Middle Eastern war zones to Polynesian superluxe corporate retreats, James Othmer takes us on a mordantly hilarious journey through corporate double-speak and global unrest to find the truth beneath the buzz.

21. October 2013 · Comments Off · Categories: Brian, Humor, NonFiction

Grumpy Cat by Grumpy Cat, read by Brian, on 10/20/2013

If you decide to read the Grumpy Cat book, you are stupid and no one cares.  This book is filled with unwanted and provoked sarcasm and I love it.  Finally an opponent worthy of my wit.  If you’re not miserable then you are not living your life right.  I hate morning people…I hate mornings and I hate people.   Frankly, I hate this cat.

16. September 2013 · Comments Off · Categories: Fiction, Humor, Mystery, Pamela

Murder with Peacocks by Donna Andrews, read by Pamela, on 09/14/2013

murder with peacocksHectic plans for three family weddings in one summer are made even more hectic by murder. A bridesmaid three times over, for her best friend, her sister-in-law to be, and her mother, Meg Langslow returns to the little Virginia town in which she grew up to help arrange the events.  I enjoyed getting to know the characters and watching as craziness ensued.  From beginning to end, this is a hilarious book.  I’m looking forward to the next installment.

30. July 2013 · Comments Off · Categories: Courtney, Graphic Novel, Humor, Teen Books

The Adventures of Superhero Girl by Faith Erin Hicks, read by Courtney, on 07/14/2013

The Adventures of Superhero Girl is collected from Faith Erin Hicks’ popular webcomic, Superhero Girl. And it’s really, really funny. It is partly a send-up of common superhero tropes, but to do only that would be somewhat trite and over-done. Hicks doesn’t do that. Instead, she takes a girl who is just learning to live on her own and who just happens to have superpowers (but also a weakness for kittens, a awesomely-snarky roommate and angst over being in her older brother’s superhero shadow). Charming, smart and hilarious. Do yourself a favor and check this one out.

29. July 2013 · Comments Off · Categories: Fiction, Humor, Pamela

Rococo by Adriana Trigiani, read by Pamela, on 07/27/2013

rococoNew York Times bestselling author Adriana Trigiani, beloved by millions of readers around the world for her humor, warmth, and captivating storytelling in the Big Stone Gap trilogy and Lucia, Lucia, takes on love, lust, tricky family dynamics, and home decorating in Rococo, the uproarious tale of a small Italian American town poised for a makeover it never expected. Bartolomeo di Crespi is the acclaimed interior decorator of Our Lady of Fatima, New Jersey. To date, Bartolomeo has hand-selected every chandelier, sconce, and ottoman in OLOF, so when the renovation of the local church is scheduled, he assumes there is only one man for the job. From the dazzling shores of New Jersey to the legendary fabric houses of New York City, from the prickly purveyors of fine art in London to luscious Santa Margherita on the Mediterranean coast of Italy, Bartolomeo is on a mission to bring talent, sophistication, and his aesthetic vision to his hometown. Trigiani’s glittering mosaic of small-town characters sparkles: Bartolomeo’s hilarious sister, Toot, is in desperate need of a postdivorce transformation–thirteen years after the fact; “The Benefactor,” Aurelia Mandelbaum, the richest woman in New Jersey, has a lust for French interiors and a long-held hope that Bartolomeo will marry her myopic daughter, Capri; Father Porporino, the pastor with a secret, does his best to keep a lid on a simmering scandal; and Eydie Von Gunne, the chic international designer, steps in and changes the course of Bartolomeo’s creative life, while his confidante, cousin Christina Menecola, awaits rescue from an inconsolable grief. Plaster of Paris, polished marble, and unbridled testosterone arrive in buckets when Bartolomeo recruits Rufus McSherry, a strapping, handsome artist, and Pedro Allercon, a stained-glass artisan, to work with him on the church’s interior. Together, the three of them will do more than blow the dust off the old Fatima frescoes–they will turn the town upside down, challenge the faithful, and restore hope where there once was none. Brilliantly funny and as fanciful as flocked wallpaper, filled with glamorous locales from New Jersey to Europe, from Sunday Mass to the American Society of Interior Designers soirée at the Plaza Hotel,Rococois Trigiani’s masterpiece, a classic comedy with a heart of gold leaf.

29. July 2013 · Comments Off · Categories: Angie, Autobiographies, Humor, Memoirs, NonFiction

Let's Pretend This Never Happened: A Mostly True Memoir by Jenny Lawson, read by Angie, on 07/28/2013

One of the funniest books I have ever read! There I said it and it is true. I found myself actually laughing out loud during the reading of this book and have now become a huge Jenny Lawson fan. I want to hang out with her and hear more stories about her crazy taxidermist dad, her long-suffering but equally crazy husband Victor and Jenny’s crazy life and thoughts. I hope you are picking up the theme here…crazy! But in a good way.

This book starts with Jenny describing her childhood in Wall, Texas with her supportive mom and animal loving dad. We then move quickly through her school years; because really who wants to relive that! And we end with adulthood, marriage and motherhood. Jenny claims most of this book is true, and she does try to keep the reader informed of the not true parts. There are entertaining and unbelievable moments at every step of her life. From the magical squirrel hand puppet to the machete/vulture attack to the inevitable fascination with taxidermied animals, every moment is rife with crazy, funny incidents that will make you feel like your life is staid and boring in comparison.

Jenny narrates the audiobook herself and I would recommend reading it this way. She is hilarious and give little asides that may or may not be in the printed book. There is even a bonus chapter! As a disclaimer: there is a lot of cussing in this book. So if you don’t like bad words this may not be for you. But, it is really funny, super witty and just plain crazy…so read it!

13. June 2013 · Comments Off · Categories: Fiction, Humor, Pamela

Diary of a Mad fat Girl by Stephanie McAfee, read by Pamela, on 06/12/2013

diary of a mad fat girl

Graciela “Ace” Jones is mad-mad at her best friend Lilly who cancels their annual trip to Panama City for mysterious reasons; at her boss Catherine for “riding her ass like a fat lady on a Rascal scooter;” at her friend Chloe’s abusive husband; and especially at Mason McKenzie, the love of her life, who has shown up with a marriage proposal one year too late. Ace is never mad, though, at her near-constant companion, an adorable chiweenie dog named Buster Loo.

Ace’s anger begins to dissipate as she takes matters into her own hands to take down Chloe’s philandering husband-and to get to the bottom of a multitude of other scandals plaguing Bugtussle, Mississippi. Then, she starts to realize that maybe Mason deserves a second chance after all.

With a sharp and distinctive voice, Stephanie McAfee delivers a hilarious and fast-paced tale about Ace Jones and her two best friends-thick as thieves and tough as nails-navigating Southern small-town politics and prejudices, finding love, and standing up for each other all the way.

This was a hilarious book and I recommend it to those who like complete and shear honesty.  I listened to it every evening while cooking dinner and found myself laughing often – I’m surprised my family did not question me as to what was so funny.

 

03. June 2013 · Comments Off · Categories: Humor, Madeline, NonFiction

We Learn Nothing, Essays by Tim Kreider, read by Madeline, on 05/16/2013

A “New York Times’ political cartoonist and writer presents a collection of his most popular essays and drawings about life and government hypocrisy.

21. May 2013 · Comments Off · Categories: Angie, History, Humor, Informational Book, NonFiction

Packing for Mars: The Curious Science of Life in the Void by Mary Roach, read by Angie, on 05/21/2013

I was first introduced to Mary Roach with Stiff: The Curious Lives of Human Cadaversand I quickly fell in love. Roach has the ability to make nonfiction fun and informative. In Packing for Mars: The Curious Science of Life in the Void, Roach tackles life in space. This book is chock full of everything you ever wanted to know about the history of space exploration and a bunch of stuff you never thought about and will never forget. Roach spends a big portion of the book dealing with human digestion and how to deal with it in space. Our bodies don’t work quiet the same in zero gravity as they do on Earth. So eating and everything that comes after have to be dealt with in special ways. Roach details everything from different sized condom-type urine collection bags, to fecal popcorning, to space toilets, to recycling waste into food (highly unpalatable). There are also the problems of how to eat in space and how your clothes break down after going unwashed for weeks. I was not aware that underwear would disintegrate after a couple weeks of constant wear/definitely not something I have had to experience! Roach doesn’t just focus on the absurd and the gross, she is truly fascinated by space travel and has a deep appreciation for those who work in the industry.

08. May 2013 · Comments Off · Categories: Humor, NonFiction, Pamela

meet me at emotional baggage claim by Lisa Scottoline and Francesca Serritella, read by Pamela, on 05/06/2013

indexA great book for those mothers and daughters who share everything.  Lisa Scottoline and daughter Francesca Serritella collaborate for a humorous look at their mother-daughter relationship as they lay out the chick wit their readers have become so accustomed to.  They broach subjects and areas of their lives that many of us only think about sharing.  No embarrassment from these two.  Mother Mary makes appearances, as well as the dogs and cats. It’s a funny read.  You’ll enjoy it.