Hits Below the Beltway: A vicious and unprovoked attack on our most cherished political institutions by Dave Barry

Find in catalogDave Barry is just plan wonderful and I value his comic insight that never fails to make me laugh and make me think at the same time. What a wonderful and delightful combination. It is pure delight to hear his creative genius and I am excited to read or listen to anything else he has had a part of. I absolutely despise politics and this was right up my alley and while he says numerous times that this is a work of fiction, I found his insights on government right on the money. It is all sadly hilariously not far from the truth. Definitely a good book for a road trip!

Bossypants by Tina Fey

BossypantsThis is perhaps one of my favorite books of all time (category: funny)! Tina Fey has a direct line to my funny bone and has yet to fail at making me laugh. She is absolutely wonderful, refreshing, and hilarious. I first read this book a couple years ago when it first came out and was so impressed by her pure, unfiltered Tina Fey qualities. This time I listened to the audiobook, and I swear listening to Tina Fey read it was even better! She is just so delightfully honest that I recommend this book to anyone that still has a pulse.

Reviewed by Sora

Queen of Babble by Meg Cabot

Queen of BabbleI have read several of Meg Cabot’s novels and this book/series is by far my favorite. The main character, Lizzie Nichols, has one of those sweetly awkward personalities you can’t help but fall in love with. You’re cheering alongside her throughout the novel, while having many face palm moments asking “Why, Lizzie, why?” The setting is a beautiful chateau and vineyard in France, so you may find yourself craving bread, cheese and wine throughout the novel.

This series is a great summer read because it is extremely lighthearted and fun. I would recommend it to lovers of the “Shopaholic” series by Sophie Kinsella because it contains similar laugh out loud humor and romantic adventures.

Reviewed by Rachel

 

 

 

The Eyre Affair by Jasper Fforde

Eyre AffairA must-read for book lovers. Fforde creates a world that feels like it could be our own, until without warning, and like it is no big deal, you are presented with a pet dodo, or realize the Crimean War never ended. Part detective fiction, part slapstick comedy, and great literary references that will have you laughing out loud. Jasper Fforde has never disappointed me.

Reviewed by Rebecca

Born Standing Up: A Comic’s Life by Steve Martin

Mr. Martin says, “I was not naturally talented–I didn’t sing, dance, or act–though working around that minor detail made me inventive.”  He writes thoughtfully and honestly about the development of his particular style of wackiness, and his fascinating rise from having audiences of 8 or 12 at Knotts Berry Farm to over 45,000 at the end of his time in stand-up comedy. I do not call it ‘the height’ of his career because at the end, he felt his creative soul juices drying up, and for those of us in his generation, it’s hard to believe he has been gone from stand-up for 25 years.  Today he is author of nonfiction, plays, screenplays, novels, and of course is a banjo musician since his childhood.  Behind- the-scenes accounts of people, place, and time especially in the 60s and 70s are entwined with his search for love, both familial and soul-partner types, are moving, though he simply describes the highs and lows and keeps his emoting to himself. I respect and admire him more than ever now.

Reviewed by Laura