Exposed- Confessions of a Wedding PhotographerClaire Lewis

This collection of teeth-grittingly awful stories make me so grateful I never became a wedding photographer. Jam-packed with horrendous Bridezillas, venomous mother-of-the-brides, gad-awful ministers and other fiascos Exposed will make even the most painful wedding seem a painful pleasure cruise in comparison. There are a few stories of …

NationTerry Pratchett

Yes, the new Pratchett is very different. For one thing, it is a great deal more serious* than many of his past books. It also takes place (kind of) in our world, rather than the disc world. Still, it is a very good story and told well. With …

Stuff White People LikeChristian Lander

Oh. My. God. I am so white. I mean, this shouldn’t be a surprise, seeing as you can see my veins in face during winter, but damn. We had the great pleasure of seeing Lander talk at the WI Book Festival a few weeks ago. He seemed …

The Idiot Girl and the Flaming Tantrum of DeathLaurie Notaro

Yeah! Another Laurie Notaro book! If you haven’t read Notaro’s collections of short essays or her novel There’s a (Slight) Chance I Might Be Going to Hell get a copy in preparation of the long dark winter. No matter how embarrassing or awful the situation, Notaro makes the …

I Was Told There'd Be CakeSloane Crosley

Let me first say this, if you are a die-hard midwesterner with no experience or interest in the East coast, I’m fairly certain Crosley’s up-state (Westchester), private-school, Jewish essays will make you crazy. I myself found them immensely amusing. Crosley’s book meanders from stories of being the only …

Bizarre BooksRussell Ash and Brian Lake

Ash and Lake have collected a mass of truly awful, useless and poorly titled books. Many owe their amusement factor to terms that have changed through time: Girls of the Pansy Patrol and¬† The Gay Boys of Old Yale. Others are bizarre simply for …

The Rejection CollectionEd. Matthew Diffee

Billed as “More cartoons you’ve never seen, and never will see, in The New Yorker ” this delightfully vulgar and amusingly awful collection is sure to get laughs out of the crankiest curmudgeon. Interspersed with the various familiar New Yorker -style cartoons are short bio sheets filled …

Michael Palin - Diaries 1969-1979Michael Palin – Diaries 1969-1979: The Python Years

A thick 600+ page book, Palin’s Diaries start slowly but become increasingly engrossing. Covering the very first year Python starts making shows until the release of Life of Brian, Palin describes Python’s ever-increasing popularity. Palin writes with a witty, kind and …

American Hair MetalSteven Blush

This book is worth it just for the cover. Blush gives you an up close and personal look at the biggest, hairiest and most famous metal bands. Each page brings a band with still bigger hair, more makeup, hazier lenses and thickly studded leather outfits – all brand …

One Red PaperclipKyle MacDonald

I first became aware of the ORP project when I heard a mention of it on Alice Cooper’s radio show (yes he has a show, yes he is quite funny). Unemployed dreamer Kyle MacDonald decides he is tired of sponging off his patient girlfriend Dom. Faced with the …

The Amazing Mackerel Pudding PlanWendy McClure

While helping her folks clean out the basement, McClure found an old box of Weight Watchers recipe cards from the 60s and 70s. From frozen cheese salad, liver pate en masque, and frankfurter spectacular, its all here. Low fat, low cal. and vilely gleaming on mustard yellow platters …