Rating: 3 / 5
At 15, Sheri begins a nine year tenure at an inner city funeral home. Alfred P Wylie’s funeral home is a success, which speaks volumes for Wylie, who came from a humble beginnings and relied heavily on his street smarts. The premise of Nine Years Under is interesting, but it definitely wasn’t as funny as I thought it would be, nor did it have the character (more…)
Rating: 4.5 / 5
Harry and Maddy Winslow have an idyllic life; Harry has just won the National Book Award, and Maddy has family money, which has sustained them while Harry has been getting his writing career off the ground. They are both beautiful and successful, with an apartment in Manhattan, a family home in the Hamptons, and a wonderful nine-year old son whom they both adore. Everything is perfect until they meet Claire, a youthful and beautiful girl whom they end up befriending and welcoming her into their orbit of family and friends. Although the first time Claire makes a pass at Harry he brushes her off, a random meeting months later sparks old desires, which Harry cannot resist. When Maddy finds out about the affair, the seemingly perfect relationship she had with Harry threatens to unravel. (more…)
Rating: 4.5 / 5
Raisa Demidov is given a once in a lifetime opportunity to travel to America as part of a “Peace Tour” meant to strength the relationship between Communist Soviet Union and America. Ex-KGB officer Leo Demidov is forbidden from leaving the country, and when tragedy strikes overseas, there is nothing Leo can do besides promise himself that he will undercover the truth of the events on the fateful Manhattan night. (more…)
Rating: 4.5 / 5
With Beautifully Unique Sparkleponies, it is difficult to write a summary; there is no theme or common thread running through each essay, except that they culminate to reveal Chris Kluwe’s mind and intelligence. Kluwe is an NFL punter who has gained fame (and possibly some notoriety) for being outspoken with his opinions, most notably for supporting same sex marriage and eviscerating (more…)
Rating: 4 / 5
I’ve pretty much read all of Laurie Notaro’s memoirs/essay collections, and I have to say that she never fails to deliver the laughs. In Potty Mouth at the Table, Notaro recounts the incident where someone called her that, being inappropriately groped at the airport by TSA, Thanksgiving dinners, and much more. By far, my favorite story was “Live From the Bellagio” which is about Notaro’s ill-fated train trip while battling food poisoning. It’s not that funny things are constantly happening to Notaro; rather, she is incredibly adept at story-telling the most mundane instances and making the reader laugh out loud, literally. I think she can get a bit snarky with other people’s behaviors that don’t affect her (the Pinterest story), but other than that, I thoroughly enjoy her brand of humor.
Rating: 3.5 / 5
‘Screw business as usual’ is one of Richard Branson’s mantras when it comes to corporate social responsibility and sustainability. For generations, corporations have placed profitability above all else, to the detriment of the environment and society. In order to overcome the social and environmental issues the world faces today, the way businesses operate and its goals must change; hence, screw business as usual. Branson highlights many entrepreneurs who are out to ‘do good’ as well as many successful politicians and businessmen/women who are focused on using their wealth and fame to drive new change.
I enjoyed reading about Virgin’s partnerships with philanthropic initiatives, entrepreneurs, governments, (more…)
Rating: 5 / 5
Everybody thinks that Max Walker has it all. He’s good looking, gets good grades in school, is popular, attractions the attention of many girls, and is loved by his soccer teammates. Both his parents have successful careers, and even though his younger brother Daniel, is a handful, Max is the perfect doting older brother. What people don’t know is that Max is intersex. The only person outside his immediate family who is aware of this, besides the countless doctors who have offered advice and observed him, is Hunter. Hunter is a year old, a close family friend, and Max’s best friend. The Walker family’s facade begins to crumble when one night Hunter destroys his friendship with Max. (more…)