Tuesday, July 01, 2008

Outside of a Dog, #14

"Outside of a dog, a book is man's best friend. Inside of a dog, it's too dark to read." - Groucho Marx.

Collections – Nonfiction by One Author

The Idiot Girls’ Action Adventure Club (True Tales from a Magnificent and Clumsy Life), Laurie Notaro
B Notaro ROG
Notaro started by writing a weekly column for the local newspaper in Phoenix, Arizona, all about life as a grown-up “idiot girl,” along with her friends also in the area. The collected columns became this hilarious book (which includes ladies’ room etiquette and what not to do when you think you see an old high school teacher while out to dinner), and led to several sequels: Autobiography of a Fat Bride (True Tales of a Pretend Adulthood), I Love Everybody (and Other Atrocious Lies), We Thought You Would Be Prettier (True Tales of the Dorkiest Girl Alive), An Idiot Girl’s Christmas (True Tales from the Top of the Naughty List), and her newest, The Idiot Girl and the Flaming Tantrum of Death (Reflections on Revenge, Germophobia, and Laser Hair Removal). She has also written a novel: There’s a Slight Chance I Might Be Going to Hell.

Everything Bad is Good for You: Why Pop Culture is Actually Making Us Smarter – Steven Berlin Johnson
306.0973 J WCV
Are video games and tabloid magazines actually making us smarter? Steven Berlin Johnson investigates how pop culture helps us, in the face of reports of harm in modern media.

I Feel Bad About My Neck (and Other Thoughts on Being a Woman), Nora Ephron
815.54 E WAM
Famous for writing some of the greatest movies of the current era (favorites such as When Harry Met Sally… and Sleepless in Seattle), Ephron writes here about her New York life – fighting for an apartment, and in the title story, how being old makes your neck look funny. All of these are amusing stories of being over sixty and what to do when you can’t read the words on the pill bottle anymore.

The Merry Recluse: A Life in Essays by Caroline Knapp
B Knapp SHL
Published posthumously this collection of essays is an honest and insightful look at the journalist’s experiences with alcohol addiction, grief, and life’s daily little frustrations.

Letters to a Young Therapist: Stories of hope and healing by Mary Pipher
616.8914 P FRA TPL
By the best selling author of “Reviving Ophelia” here Pipher dispenses valuable suggestions and counsel to an imaginary graduate student.

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