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Beat those Summertime Boredom Blues @ the library!

 

 

Summer vacation is almost over, and many of you are looking for something to brighten up your summertime boredom blues.  What you need is some LOL fun! The books that I have chosen this week are sure to delight even the toughest crowd; both whimsical and entertaining, these items are exactly what you need to add some fun and humor into your day! 

 

Driving with David Sedaris

Let's Explore Diabetes with OwlsI almost ran a red light this morning, thanks to David Sedaris.  Tina Fey did it to me once before.  I'm a couple of discs into listening to Let's Explore Diabetes with Owls, and I was laughing so much that my driving skills suffered.  My advice: be responsible.  I don't expect the police to send our tickets to Mr. Sedaris.

How Devious is Your Cat?

The Devious Book for CatsIf your cat's not devious enough, let him learn from the experts.  Check out The Devious Book for Cats by Fluffy & Bonkers.  Or take a look so you know what your cat is really up to.

The Amazing Read: Summer Reading Challenge, Week 7

Amazing Read Challenge LogoA Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Library: I've always found it fascinating that so many of our funniest artists lead such unhappy private lives: think comedians like Buster Keaton, W. C. Fields, and Lenny Bruce, or writers like John Kennedy Toole, and Dorothy Parker. So for last week's challenge to read about someone who intrigues us, I read the recently published biography of one of my all-time favorite seriously funny writers, Kurt Vonnegut.

But with this week's challenge, we want to lighten things up a bit. We challenge you to read something that makes you laugh, and HCPL has plenty of books that fit that bill. We've got nonfiction that will make you titter, snicker, giggle, chuckle, chortle, snort and guffaw, like Tina Fey's Bossypants, and David Sedaris' Dress Your Family in Corduroy and Denim.

Having A Bad Day?

The Book of Awesome will help change that.  This collection by Neil Pasricha is a celebration of the small things that can make us smile, like licking the batter off of the beaters of a cake mixer, the smell of books, and when you get the milk-to-cereal ratio just right. Each entry has a witty write-up explaining why each moment can be considered awesome. 

Fun & Funny

autototsWith the end of school right around the corner, this is usually the time of year when you finally get the chance to read something just for fun.  Below I’ve listed some newer titles that are just for fun or will have you laughing out loud.  How will you celebrate your fast-approaching summer?

On the Shelf: Why My Third Husband Will Be a Dog

“I have never been in an accident, if you don’t count my two marriages.” So says New York Times bestselling author Lisa Scottoline in her collection of highly entertaining personal essays titled Why My Third Husband Will Be a Dog. The cute cover – a little dog in a coffee cup – caught my eye immediately, and though I’ve never read Scottoline’s novels, her promise of “amazing adventures of an ordinary woman” had me adding my name to the request list.

Squirrel Silliness Discovered on Internet!

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and Are Squirrels Planning a Hostile Take Over of the Planet? The Facts You Need to Know!

Squirrel in fez 

 In his National Wildlife Magazine article “Crazy over Squirrels,” Michael Lipske observed that “Americans are schizoid about gray squirrels.” They are “a scourge to some, a delight to others.” He then goes on to profile representatives of each camp. It’s a good introduction to this heated national debate.

Is Your Family Weird Too?

In The Spellman Files, Izzy Spellman’s crazy family owns a San Francisco PI firm . Her teenage niece tails people for fun, her uncle disappears on lost weekend benders, and her mom and dad give her no privacy at all. She’s had enough and vows to quit the family business. But before she leaves, her parents ask her to solve one more case.

Quicksand Escape 101

If you are a fan of television survival shows (such as Man vs. Wild or Survivorman) and you don't mind a little humor thrown in with your survival instructions, try a book from The Worst-Case Scenario series by Joshua Piven and David Borgenicht. These handy pocket-size guides offer simple survival techniques for a diverse set of situations, such as wrestling down an alligator or fleeing from a volcanic erruption.

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