True Story: Murder, Memoir, Mea Culpa by Michael Finkel

// don’t really associate Jonah Hill or James Franco with serious films. I do know that they are both trying to go that route, and if the movie is anything like the book, True Story just might be their ticket. I only wonder how long it will take Franco to re-release the book with his face on the cover. Continue reading “True Story: Murder, Memoir, Mea Culpa by Michael Finkel”

Not That Kind of Girl by Lena Dunham

// hesitated to watch Girls for a long, long time, primarily due to an innate distrust towards Lena Dunham. As soon as I saw that she was billed as the writer, creator, director, producer, star, key grip, caterer, and every other credit-worthy action known to man, I just didn’t like her. I gave in and watched Girls, and I loved it. Perhaps I had unfairly misjudged this poor woman. This remorse led to my regretful reading of Not That Kind of Girl, in which all of my assumptions towards Ms. Dunham were proven several times over. Continue reading “Not That Kind of Girl by Lena Dunham”

Every Day is an Atheist Holiday by Penn Jillette

I adore Penn Jillette, and I am a huge fan of his book God, No! I initially was drawn to his book because I love Penn and Teller and I was looking to be entertained. I found what I was looking for, but I was surprised to also find a well-supported argument in support of atheism. Every Day is an Atheist Holiday is more of the same, but not in a bad way. Jillette’s authorial voice is distinctive and sarcastic, yet he manages to sneak in these nuggets of wisdom that force the reader to consider his opinions. Continue reading “Every Day is an Atheist Holiday by Penn Jillette”

Stories I Only Tell My Friends: An Autobiography by Rob Lowe

I have always been vaguely aware of Rob Lowe, but it has only been within the last two months or so that I have developed a full-blown crush on the man. This is largely due to my recent binge-watching of the entire Parks and Recreation series, paired with Lowe’s new Direct TV commercials. Both are amazing. Other than that, the only things I knew about Rob Lowe were that he played my favorite character in the mini-series based on The Stand (LOVE Nick Andros) and that at one time, he was involved in some sort of sex scandal. Deciding that it was high time that I learned more about this man, I purchased his book. Continue reading “Stories I Only Tell My Friends: An Autobiography by Rob Lowe”

Jim Henson: The Biography

Since finishing Jim Henson: The Biography, I keep finding myself thinking how sad it is that he died. The man died over twenty years ago, but this biography has sincerely caused me to mourn for this man for the first time in my life. This is quite significant – I was raised on Sesame Street and The Muppets. Kermit is one of my all-time favorite fictional characters (second only to Dr. Ian Malcolm, but it’s a close second). In spite of this fan worship, I knew very little about the man behind The Muppets; now I do. Continue reading “Jim Henson: The Biography”

In Fifty Years We’ll All Be Chicks by Adam Carolla

After reading President Me, I vowed to hunt down more of Adam Carolla’s books and to purchase some Mangria. It seems that no liquor store in the state of Pennsylvania carries Carolla’s booze, but fortunately, his books are easy to come by. In Fifty Years We’ll All Be Chicks is certainly not a masterful piece of literature, but it is an enjoyable way to pass an afternoon.

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President Me: The America That’s in My Head by Adam Carolla

In President Me: The America That’s in My Head, Adam Carolla offers a plethora of solutions to the problems that plague our country, while shamelessly plugging his new alcoholic beverage, Mangria. By the end of the book, not only was I left with a desire to buy all of Carolla’s other books, but also a strong need to purchase a jug of Mangria. Continue reading “President Me: The America That’s in My Head by Adam Carolla”