Danny Wallace

The rise of social media makes the idea of losing track of friends seem a bit quaint. But even if you are “friends” with some of your former classmates, co-workers or other pals on Facebook or Twitter, its not the same thing as seeing them in the flesh …

Berkeley Breathed

Bloom County Episode XI: A New HopeBreathed’s first collection of Bloom County strips in 26 years is a bittersweet and rather odd collection. While fans are delighted he is back, the topic matter that lured Breathed back is unfortunate. Bloom County suddenly burst back into life in the summer of 2015. Almost immediately, Breathed …

By The NumbersJen Lancaster

Lancaster’s switch from snarkily funny autobiography (Bitter is the New Black, I Regret Nothing) to fiction has been highly successful and incredibly satisfying. Admittedly, her inspiration comes from the same well – nasty women in the burbs getting life lessons in a hilarious, if sympathetic, way.

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Truck-pb-c1Michael Perry

Seed catalogs are responsible for more unfulfilled fantasies than Enron and Penthouse combined.

Perry’s Truck is a love song to his vintage truck, but also to so many other parts of his life – gardening, his neighbors, fellow fire fighters, family, seed catalogs, The Joynt bar, his fledgling …

woman who stoleMarian Keyes

While I have loved all of Keyes’ books, The Woman Who Stole My Life feels closer to her original titles (Watermelon, Last Chance Saloon). Less of a tear-jerker than than previous few (The Mystery of Mercy Close), there is still plenty of Keyes’ …

Graeme Simsion

rosieThis sweet, funny story follows professor of genetics Don Tillman as he tries to find the perfect wife. It soon becomes clear that Don has Asperger’s Syndrome. That is, it is clear to everyone but Don. Deciding a large questionnaire is needed to weed out unacceptable applicants, Don …

jesus cowMichael Perry

On Christmas Eve itself bachelor Harley Jackson stepped into his barn and behold there illuminated in straw a smallish newborn bull calf upon whose flank was born the very image of Our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.

‘Well,” said Harley, “that’s trouble.”

And thus begins The Bard o’ …

Ross Petras and Kathryn PetrasWretched Writing

The Petras siblings have done it again. Wretched Writing is a neatly categorized compendium of the most cringe and laugh-inducing writing.  The vulgarians aren’t just beating down the gates.  They’re inside, comfortably ensconced and pounding out one atrocity after another. No wretched writer escapes the …

Good Advice from Bad PeopleZac Bissonnette

Selected wisdom from murderers, stock swindlers, and Lance Armstrong

Here are some of the sounds you will likely make while reading this book: Pppft! WHA? Unnnggh! Ha! ….ohhhhhhh. Bissonnette has hand-picked some of the most delightfully un-selfaware bits of advice for some really lousy people. Bernie Madoff’s investment …

Case of the Gilded FlyEdmund Crispin

Crispin is one of those golden-era British mystery authors that is too little known today. His Oxford don, Gervase Fen, is funny, snarky, whitty, absent-minded and brilliant. Whirling from one unlikely event to another, finding clues (and only clues) in the oddest places, Fen and associates solve crimes …