In February 2016 two authors, Delilah S. Dawson and Kevin Hearne, were stuck in an airport and decided it was time to kill the proverbial farm boy. Specifically, it was time to make fun of white male power fantasies that typically involve a boy being destined for greater than his humble beginnings because he is somehow special, and all the tropes that often accompany those stories. And so they wrote Kill the Farm Boy. The elements are all familiar; there is a chosen one, a talking animal companion, a warrior, a wizard, a rogue, and a bard. They go on a […]
To: Cannonball Read readers From: J Date: 7 Jun 2018 at 9:00 p.m. Subject: Girls, Friends, Girlfriends, and Frenemies YOU GUYS, I’M SO EXCITED ABOUT THIS BOOK!
Christopher Moore loves language. That might be an odd claim to make about an author who popularized the term fuckstockings, but I’ll stand by it. If a guy rewrites Shakespearean plays with pornographic subplots he either has a deep and abiding passion for Elizabethan English or he’s a complete wack job. Now that I think about it, he’s probably both. Regardless, any time you pick up a novel by Moore, you can expect to have fun with words, and Noir is no exception. Noir is set in 1947 San Francisco and is narrated (mostly) by a bartender named Sammy Tiffin, known to […]
Raina Telgemeier took her childhood struggles with her sister and adapted them into this funny, and at times touching, graphic novel about the joys and angst of sisterhood. I have two sisters, however with a twelve year age difference between my first sister and myself, and a fourteen year age difference (plus the complexities of autism) between me and my second sister, with the added complication that I moved away from home when they were seven and five respectively, I’ve never had what I consider a “normal” sister relationship. One might argue there is no such thing as “normal” sister […]
Tiffany Haddish‘s memoir The Last Black Unicorn is a trip! I first came across her on Jimmy Kimmel retelling her now famous swamp tour Groupon story. She was hilarious and seemed like a ton of a fun. I’m so happy Groupon figured out what is up and has her doing commercials. I knew she was a comedian and starred in Girls Trip, but beyond that I didn’t know much about her. Thus, I was super pumped to read her book. And it did not disappoint! If you can, I highly recommend you get the audiobook. As expected, the book starts out with […]
Your mileage may vary, but I personally enjoyed Poehler’s frenetic energy and stream of consciousness-ish style. Inevitably, I have to compare this book to Bossypants by Tina Fey and honestly, I think I come down on the side on Poehler. Her writing is more rambunctious and louder, which is normally not a tone I enjoy, but I think it works in her favor. Her bold and brassy style, combined with several self-deprecating comments, really made her feel more vulnerable and relatable to me. Because that’s the price of celebrity, isn’t it? You must be relatable and held to a higher […]
I have been a fan of Samantha Irby’s writing for quite awhile from her blog (bitches gotta eat). I’m also a member of her book lovers Facebook community, Bitches gotta read. Thus, I was already poised to like We Are Never Meeting in Real Life. I adore her humor. And yet, this book exceeded my expectations! Her collection of essays allows Irby to bare her soul with her trademark matter-of-fact no fluff tone. I read the audiobook that she narrates herself, which I highly recommend! Hearing her own voice allows her sarcasm to be pitch perfect. From the first essay, Samantha’s self-deprecation is […]
Trevor Noah’s autobiography, Born a Crime: Stories from A South African Childhood, was my first audio book. I was determined to hear his narration and found the CD version at my local library. My car still has a cd player, so Trevor kept me company during my first week commuting to a new job. All I knew of Trevor Noah was he replaced Jon Stewart, grew up in South Africa and was a comedian. I had no idea what to expect from his book to be honest. The book begins by introducing you to his amazing mother who defied Apartheid and gave […]