As is always true of a book of essays and as something I NEVER seem to learn, this book would be better digested essay-by-essay instead of as a whole. I'd say that maybe one day I'd stop being a dumbass... it's unlikely. Jamison's voice is equal parts frustrating and relatable. She relays her truth... the type of truth that most of us expend a lot of energy to hide. And that honesty was imparted within the most interesting stories. The West Memphis Three, the Barkley Moun
My first thought upon reading this book: HOLYSHITIAMTHEWORLDSBESTMOTHER!!! So while this book was a nice little boost for my self-esteem, my blood pressure was through the ROOF the entire time I was reading it. Which is a testament to Packer's ability to write a real, flawed, frustrating AF family that makes you think that your own family could star on a rerun of Leave it to Beaver. Completely reminded me of the Thanksgiving where my uncle started telling me that homosexuali
You Deserve a Drink by Mamrie Hart This bitch, this bitch right here... she's my spirit animal. Mamrie Hart, for those of you living under a rock, is one-third of the YouTube "Holy Trinity" (the other 2/3 are Hannah Hart and Grace Helbig). Mamrie is a brassy, sassy broad who produces pun-riffic videos where she creates a drink for a pop culture figure based on current events. Her modern Vaudevillian humor is just such a throwback to a type of comedy we don't see that often
To start off, if you haven't done so already, please read my Q&A with Polly Dugan. That will give you a pretty good glimpse into what I thought of the book. The Sweetheart Deal really surprised me. I didn't think it was going to be bad... I didn't think the writing was going to be subpar or the plot unrealistic. I just didn't think this book would be for me. In 2015, I've been attempting to branch out (occasionally) from the darker litfic that I tend to gravitate towards.
We're going to do something a little different here today at Black, White & Read Books. I was recently contacted by Little Brown & Company and asked to read a book titled The Sweetheart Deal by Polly Dugan. And I will fully admit... I was nervous. What if I didn't like it? What if I couldn't even finish it? Luckily, Polly Dugan ensured she didn't make a liar or a jerk out of me (thanks, Polly!)... as I absolutely loved the book and was excited to continue reading it each
On October 5, 2000, I decided to sit down and watch the pilot of a show I had seen promoted by the then-WB. What seemed to be a lighthearted show about two raven-haired, sapphire-eyed beauties would turn out to be a gift to me… something that has grounded me, comforted me and inspired me in so many big and small ways over the past 15 years. I clung to it while going through some pretty tough emotional times. I named my daughter after these characters that I would be honore
I was already in love with the gorgeous, statuesque-ness that is Aisha Tyler from her time on Talk Soup, one-third of a love triangle with Joey and Ross, and Jennifer Love Hewitt's bestie in Ghost Whisperer. I knew vaguely of her nerd life... and respected her even more for it. But I was not prepared to develop this strong of a girlcrush from listening to her book. One of my friends on Twitter had responded to a call from me for audiobook suggestions with this recommendatio