A Working Stiff's ManifestoIain Levison

Less lighthearted than halliday’s book is A Working Stiff’s Manifesto. While there are definitely some priceless moments (the ceramic donkey), I was more than a bit disturbed by this book. Levison first joined the military to get training in electrical engineering. While he did receive training it …

Slow Fat TriathleteJayne Williams

Williams describes herself as “nearly asteroid sized and shaped” when she decided to start running. Within two years she was competing in her first triathlon. She freely admits that yes, she is fat and yes, she is slow. But she also competes and has a great time. She …

Fargo Rock CityAnne Thomas Soffee

For anyone harboring a soft spot in their heart for 80s hair metal bands, replete with spandex pants and girly faces, this is the book for you. Soffee chronicles her years of being the only rivethead at a prestigious and very preppie college. She describes her decision …

Early Bird- A Memoir of Early RetirementSidney Rothman

When Sidney Rothman, head writer for Letterman, is fired he decides to take some time off. After 10 years of frantically being “on” in the hyper-alert city of L.A., Rothman decides to go to the only place he ever remembers feeling relaxed in his life – Florida. So, …

Gullible's TravelsCash Peters

Peters’ travelogue is by far the oddest I have ever read. Peters is best known for doing short segments on wacky roadside attractions for public radio shows like The Savvy Traveler. Within a few pages, Peters makes clear how much he loathes this lifestyle. Fourteen years of being …

leaving-the-saintsMartha Beck

I’m not sure really what to classify this book as. After deciding to have a Downs Syndrome baby, Beck describes her decision to leave grad school and Harvard to return to her hometown of Provo Utah and her Mormon family. Through a winding path she describes the friendliness …