Category Archives: Nonfiction

The Trump Survival Guide

Finished The Trump Survival Guide by Gene Stone. I received a copy for review. 

It would be easy to dismiss this as whining and handwringing. That’s not accurate, however. Instead, this book breaks down several issues (including the environment, reproductive rights, LGBT rights and the environment), gives a brief background and shares what President Obama did for said issue. Then it explains what President-elect Trump could do, THEN gives ways to fight back and gives a few books to read for further education. 

This is such a valuable resource. I know a lot of people (including myself) who have felt helpless since the election. It’s been really good to see that we do still have options and that while the next few years may still be awful, we can certainly mitigate that if we stay involved.

Highly recommended. 

Interviewing Anna Fields

Anna Fields was kind enough to stop by and discuss The Girls in the Show, which is out August 8 (but may be pushed back–I hope not, though; I need it!).

1) What is the Twitter pitch for this?

Not sure — I’m so bad at writing for Twitter that I hardly ever do it. In a few words, though, the book is about comedy, culture, and kick-ass feminists throughout comedic history.

 
2) If you could meet one of the “girls in the show,” who would it be?

 
That’s so tough. Dorothy Parker, I think. If she’s unavailable because she’s too busy committing suicide, as she was prone to do, then Moms Mabley. But I can’t imagine she’d find me interesting enough to lunch with.

 
3) What’s the most surprising thing you learned?

 
How much the past isn’t dead; it isn’t even past.

 
And the ones I ask everyone:

4) What 2017 releases are you most excited for?

 
My goodness, if I had time to leave my writing studio, I would have any idea what’s coming out. Alas, I don’t.

5) What are you reading now?
TONS of historical articles. Books: Like a Lampshade in a Whorehouse by Phyllis Diller, Fear of Flying by Erica Jong, and everything ever written by Andrew Dorkin.

 

6) If you could make one book mandatory, what would it be?

 

Fear of Flying — it changed my life. I own five copies and give out others as presents.

 

7) What are your five favorite books? (You can do authors, if that’s easier.)

 
The Aeneid, Fear of Flying, The Life and Loves of a She-Devil, A Wolf at the Table, My Happy Life

Hyperbole and a Half (mini-review)

Finished Hyperbole and a Half by Allie Brosh. I received a copy for review. 

This book is fantastic. It’s an incredibly fast read but manages to be both poignant and laugh out loud funny. 

It’ll appeal to pretty much everyone. Do you have dogs? There are chapters you’ll relate to. Do you suffer from depression? It’s in here. Basically if you are a human being, you’ll love this. 

I’m sad I waited so long to read this but I appreciated it enough for everyone. You will too (but I hope you read it before now; if not, fix it). 

Highly recommended. 

Talking As Fast As I Can (mini-review)

Finished Talking As Fast As I Can by Lauren Graham. 

This is Lauren Graham’s memoir and it focuses more on Gilmore Girls than anything else. But there’s also a chapter on Parenthood and stories of her life before Gilmore Girls. 

If you want to know about other parts of her career or Hollywood gossip, you’re out of luck. But if you’re a Gilmore Girls fan, as I am, you’ll enjoy it. (And you’ll probably wish it was longer; it’s 205 pages.)

Still, this book is incredibly fun. Recommended. 

Wild (mini-review)

Finished Wild by Cheryl Strayed. 

You know this story, right? Cheryl Strayed decides to hike part of the Pacific Crest Trail (or PCT) a few years after her mom dies in order to get her life back on track. If you haven’t read the book, you probably saw the movie (which stars Reese Witherspoon). 

If you haven’t read it, this book is incredible. I can’t imagine putting my body through something so grueling and I have nothing but respect for Cheryl Strayed. 

If you haven’t read it, you need to. 

Highly recommended. 

You Are A Badass

Finished You are a Badass: How to Stop Doubting Your Greatness and Start Living an Awesome Life by Jen Sincero. 

I got this as a present a few days ago. I’m leery of self-help books because (a) I suck at admitting I need help and (b) they seem kind of lame. But how can you resist one with the title “You are a Badass”?

I’m not sure about all the visualization (I have had very specific images of myself as a lottery winner and with specific, awesome jobs and am still broke and jobless) but there is a lot of value here. And there’s a lot I’m already doing. 

(Fun fact: at my last job, the one I hated? Every day, I made myself list at least five reasons why I’d have a good day. It kept me from calling in sick every day.)

I have the playlist, I have the pep talk. So maybe the affirmations and visualizations aren’t too far behind. :)

Recommended. 

Tiny Beautiful Things

Finished Tiny Beautiful Things by Cheryl Strayed. This was a reread. 
If you are my Facebook friend, you know how I have been doing post-election. Rereading this helped. 
It’s a compilation of Dear Sugar advice columns and while none applied to this situation, they all did. 
The hard thing is going forward when you just want to stop and grieve. But that fixes nothing. Donating and volunteering to the DNC may not either but it’s a step forward. I’ll take it. 

Carry On, Warrior

Finished Carry On, Warrior by Glennon Doyle Melton. 

I am at loose ends. I don’t have a job, my severance has run out, I haven’t gotten an interview in two weeks and unemployment is not very much money. I am freaking out. 

And then my best friend sent me Love Warrior and, like a raft, the answer came: read it. Read Glennon’s other book, too. Read Cheryl Strayed. Read Anne Lamott. It won’t get you a job, but it’s harder to be afraid when you’re reading wisdom. (And I’m waiting for publishers to send the other Cybils books anyway, so…)

You’ve all read this, right? You don’t need me to talk you into it, do you?

Carry On, Warrior is exactly what I needed. It’s like sitting down with a friend and being told that it’ll all work out. Of course it will. So now I need to read some Momastery. And maybe she’ll write another book. Maybe soon. 

Highly recommended. 

Love Warrior

Finished Love Warrior by Glennon Doyle Melton. 

This is such a weird book for me to love, but I do. I’m single and this is about a marriage, its near-implosion and eventual rescue (although the couple split up after, according to the internet). Still, there’s a lot of truth here, things that apply to everyone. 

I have Glennon’s first book and I plan to read that soon. I just met her (my best friend is a long-time fan but Glennon and I are new acquaintances) but I like her. 

Between her, Cheryl Strayed and Anne Lamott, I think I’m going to grow a lot. I hope. 

Highly recommended.