non-fiction

Have You Heard About... Comic Genius

… the art of funny people? Not their comedy — their looks. Matt Hoyle took portraits of more than eighty different comedians to make Comic Genius. Some are very simple pictures, like Eddie Murphy giving the camera a sideways look.

Have You Heard About... Waiter Rant

…about the insanity that comes from working as a waiter for too long? Steve Dublanica has waited tables in New York City for years and exposes the seedy, dishonest, and sometimes disgusting side of the restaurant world in his book Waiter Rant: Thanks For the Tip – Confessions of a Cynical Waiter.

Have You Heard About... The Beatles

… the myth and legend surrounding the Beatles? Of course you have. What a silly question to ask.

Have You Heard About... Everything Guide to Preventing Heart Disease

… being pro-active in trying to save your life? Eating healthy, exercise, and lifestyle choices are all a part of the Everything Guide to Preventing Heart Disease by Murdoc Khaleghi, MD. You don’t have to have high cholesterol or high blood pressure to understand what this book is all about.

Have You Heard About... Gulp

… the glorious workings of the human digestive system? Mary Roach scores again with her latest offbeat foray into the world of science - Gulp: Adventures on the Alimentary Canal.

Have You Heard About... The Wisdom of Compassion

… the importance of consideration for others in our busy world? I just finished The Wisdom of Compassion by His Holiness the Dalai Lama and Victor Chan.

Have You Heard About... Discoveries … America. Tennessee

… the school for carousel carving or Winchester hats? Take an armchair trip with the Discoveries … America. Tennessee DVD. Home to country singer Dolly Parton, you’ll visit Music City USA – Nashville, where only one talented singer makes an impression out of thousands who try each year. Most end up waiting tables or singing on the street. Of course no visit is complete unless you visit the Grand Ole Opry.

Have You Heard About... Lean In

Sheryl Sandberg’s sensational and controversial book, Lean In: Women, Work, and the Will to Lead? This book, which takes a look at modern-day perceptions and expectations of women in the work place, has sparked a lot of heated debates about politics and feminism. But what is the book actually about?

Have You Heard About... My Dog

… the humor surrounding man’s best friend? Matthew Inman takes a lovingly funny look at canines in My Dog: The Paradox. Dogs are ridiculously brave around dangerous things and fearful of things that can hurt them. They apologize if you accidentally trip over them. They’re as happy to see you return home when you’ve been gone for four minutes or four hours.

Have You Heard About... Dad is Fat

… why it’s a bad idea to raise five kids in a New York City apartment? Dad is Fat, by Jim Gaffigan, is pretty much what we expect when we read something written by a comedian - short, humorous vignettes about a certain topic that could very likely have been pulled from the person’s stand-up routine…or in Gaffigan’s case, actually HAVE been pulled from his routine.

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