Normally, a book like this wouldn't find its way into my hands, but I will admit that being a fan of The Real Housewives of Atlanta made me a little c...moreNormally, a book like this wouldn't find its way into my hands, but I will admit that being a fan of The Real Housewives of Atlanta made me a little curious. A modern day book of manners, Secrets of the Southern Belle is filled with tips on how to live a fabulous life as a "lady" and how to do things "properly".
Like most books of its kind, there are guidelines on relationships, keeping a home, work life, and entertaining. Parks' humor and southern twist makes those old standards fun to read. And yes, she gets a few jabs in, like what to do when someone attempts inappropriate communication with your significant other (looking at you, Kenya) and other reality show related tidbits.
I'm not necessarily the target market for this book, but it could be helpful for young women who need guidance on the appropriateness of certain behaviors and situations. (less)
Simon Doonan is the most fabulous person I know. No, I don't know him personally but he is one of my bestest friends in my head. And do you know what...moreSimon Doonan is the most fabulous person I know. No, I don't know him personally but he is one of my bestest friends in my head. And do you know what best friends do? They give you advice. Advice on how to live as fabulously and stylishly as they do. As the long time creative director at Barney's (his window displays are legendary), Doonan is highly qualified to give us a tour through gay life and show us what we are doing wrong.
Yes, there is a book called French Women Don't Get Fat that eschewed the unhealthy American diet and was very popular, but people felt that the author looked down on us. Doonan doesn't do that, but he does hilariously chronicle his realization that gay men and French women are basically the same species: they love fashion, home decor, and limiting their calories. What follows is a sort of field guide to gay men and which of their habits we could adopt to live healthier and happier lives. He tells us the difference between straight and gay foods (lesbian food has its own category), what style persona that heterosexual men can adopt to always look put together, and even takes us on a "Bear" hunt.
One of the funniest books I've read in awhile!(less)
Let's face it, people are getting ruder. I don't know why, they just are. Although I don't have empirical data and proof, I have worked in retail for...moreLet's face it, people are getting ruder. I don't know why, they just are. Although I don't have empirical data and proof, I have worked in retail for the last 20+ years and I know what I'm talking about. That enough makes me want to punch people in the face. Also, I ride public transportation, which is filled with multiple "face-punching" opportunities per ride.
This is a cute little book (they would probably punch me for saying "cute") that lists several offenders that society wouldn't condemn you for punching. The real life offender that prompted them to start their popular blog, peoplewhodeserveit.com? "Girl Who Talks On Cell Phone in Holocaust Museum". Other punchable people include people who walk too slow on urban sidewalks, leave long voicemails, and the sloppy sandwich maker (thank God they don't employ any at the Subway that I go to.).
They also shout out people who don't deserve it and they time-travel to the past and future to punch people there. Also, each post gives instructions on how to punch that person, if you need that. Sometimes laugh out loud funny. Which is why someone has probably labeled me Girl Who Laughs Too Loudly On The Train. (less)
One Reality Television Addict's Attempt to Discover If Not Being A Dumb Ass Is the New Black, Or a Culture-Up Manifesto
by Jen Lancaster
If you are wond...moreOne Reality Television Addict's Attempt to Discover If Not Being A Dumb Ass Is the New Black, Or a Culture-Up Manifesto
by Jen Lancaster
If you are wondering why the numbers of these posts sometimes don't appear in order, it's because I read a lot of books long before they are released and I schedule the posts closer to the publication date. So, there you go.
I don't really need to tell you that I loved this book, because I have loved every book she's written and I'm sure that I will love whatever she writes next. So, there you go.
In this one, Lancaster finds that all of her reality tv watching may have left her a little lacking in knowledge of all things cultural. So she sets off to smarten herself up. Her plan is to read classic literature, attend dance performances and the opera, learn about wine pairings (an act that involves dragging along her poor husband), and eating the World (sampling cuisine from different countries). All this has to happen while writing her next book, embarking on a book tour for her current book, moving to a new house when mold threatens to take over the old one, dealing with the illnesses of her pets, and adopting 3 feral kittens. Does that sound funny?
If you are a fan of the Daily Show, then you know who Samantha Bee as one of the hilarious "correspondents" featured. In this book of essays, Bee give...moreIf you are a fan of the Daily Show, then you know who Samantha Bee as one of the hilarious "correspondents" featured. In this book of essays, Bee gives insight into her upbringing in Canada. And from these stories, its easy to see how she came to be a comedian.
My favorite chapter is "man-witch", which finds Bee deep into a crush on Jesus. And not just a regular crush, she saw him as her boyfriend.
"My Jesus was cool. He looked like Kris Kristofferson circa A Star Is Born, only with penetrating blue eyes and a nonthreatening admiration for children that I, as a child, both understood and appreciated. He wore a freshly pressed robe all the time, but you knew He had a great ass and could have pulled off a pair of jeans and worn-out cowboy boots, even if you weren't sure why you would want that."
What's the one thing that could complicate a young girl's dating relationship with Jesus? A mother who is Wiccan. This leads to one of the funniest scenes in the book as Samantha's mother takes her to a Wiccan wedding ceremony, where she is sure that she will be sacrificed to Satan as a virgin.(less)