Thumbs up for Funny in Farsi: A Memoir of Growing Up Iranian in America by Firoozeh Dumas. Autobiography.
I think the title and subtitle sum it up pretty well. Funny in Farsi is indeed, a funny little book, and it has the outstanding point (unlike many humorous memoirs) of being rather sweet as well. Dumas teases her family a bit but she is never mean to them, and frankly that’s rather refreshing.… >> Read more
Thumbs up for My Planet: Finding Humor in the Oddest Places by Mary Roach. Humor.
If Mary Roach wrote fortune cookies, I would buy them by the bag. That is all.
Anyway, men understand motors and women don’t. You may say that this is a stereotype, and I won’t argue with you because I know even less about steroes than I know about cars.
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for I Hated, Hated, Hated This Movie
by Roger Ebert. Film.
I’ve had this on my shelf for a while, but in memorium to the great Mr Ebert, I read it cover to cover this month. Choosing just one paragraph to share with you was a nearly impossible task, let me tell you. This book, culled from Ebert’s reviews, contains so much genius.… >> Read more
Thumbs up for Redshirts: A Novel with Three Codas by John Scalzi. Science fiction.
I hesitated to buy this after reading some less-than-great reviews on Amazon. That was foolish, because it’s one of the funniest books I’ve read this year. You have to understand going in: Redshirts isn’t supposed to be a great novel. It does not have descriptions or deep characterization, and the characters mostly sound the same.… >> Read more
Thumbs up for Bloodsucking Fiends: A Love Story by Christopher Moore. Fantasy.
Someone with good taste in books said that my writing reminded him of Christopher Moore’s, so that was the final kick in the pants I needed to read Bloodsucking Fiends, which has been on my to-read list ever since I discovered it was set in San Francisco. I do take the comparison as a compliment.… >> Read more
Thumbs up for Drop Dead Healthy: One Man’s Humble Quest for Bodily Perfection by A. J. Jacobs. Memoir.
Every time A. J. Jacobs comes out with a new book I am filled with dread, because how many books about I-tried-this-weird-thing-and-this-is-what-happened can one man write? But I have not yet been disappointed. He is genuine, and genuinely funny. He embraces his projects as wholeheartedly as only someone with OCD can.… >> Read more
Thumbs up for Nextwave: Agents of H.A.T.E. Ultimate Collection (consisting of Volume I: This Is What They Want, and Volume II: I Kick Your Face) by Warren Ellis, illustrated by Stewart Immonen et al. Graphic novel.
A gang of superheroes has discovered that the organization they worked for, H.A.T.E. (Highest Anti-Terrorism Effort) are Not Good Guys After All, so they undertake to stop the destruction of the United States.… >> Read more
Thumbs up for Kafka’s Soup: A Complete History of World Literature in 14 Recipes by Mark Crick. Humor/food.
Ah, impulse buys. But how could I not, when it’s a collection of recipes written in the style of famous authors? Lamb with Dill Sauce à la Raymond Chandler, Quick Miso Soup à la Franz Kafka, Chocolate Cake à la Irvine Welsh, and my favorite, Coq au Vin à la Gabriel Garcia Marquez.… >> Read more