Thursday, September 11, 2014

The Three Books of August.

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Three books - one that our book club read and enjoyed, one graphic novel (hey! my genres are slowly expanding), and one audio book that I would argue is probably better as an audio book.

The Rosie Project is a darling story about a too smart for his own good college professor, Don, with undiagnosed Asberger's as he looks for a wife. It's pretty good, and we liked picking apart the different characters at book club. Heads up: the setting is Australia. Pay attention because you might miss it! I struggled to think of what else I should tell you about it, so I went back to our pal Ginny's review. She offers a great summary and mentions that it has been movie optioned. I'm with Ginny on Jeff Bridges casting as Don - his character on the Newsroom is probably Don's long lost over the top brother.

March: Book One is a graphic novel about Congressman John Lewis. It tells a great story with flashbacks from President Obama's inauguration to John Lewis's work with SNCC and the Civil Rights Movement in the 1960s. He also met Dr. King early in his training as a nonviolent protestor. Graphic novels are a new to me way to engage students in reading, and we have so many kids who prefer nonfiction, so a book like March is doubly awesome. I found this book in my summer class at Baker.

Dad is Fat I listened to on audiobook. So did Kip whenever he was in the car - we didn't talk practically for a whole Sunday running around town!. Then Erica listened to it, then her husband Jon, and I think Kate has it right now. We all drove around to KC cracking up at Jim Gaffigan's stories about his crazy family with five kids living in a two bedroom apartment in NYC. Actually, it's a fifth floor walk-up in NYC. He's a "clean" comedian which means that his stories are alternately endearing and side splitting. Gaffigan has a new book coming out this fall, and my sister and I already bought tickets to see him at Rainy Day Books (come with us!) Even though we'll get a copy of his book, I think I might listen to it on CD still. It's so funny to hear him read his own stories, and my commute will get about 20 minutes longer each day when I get MARRIED so I'm looking for other great audio suggestions. Hit the comments below...


  1. Dad is Fat would be great as an audio book! I've already decided that his newest is going to be my labor & delivery reading- no childhood cancer this time!
    I'm not an audio book person, but a book club friend drives a lot for work and listens to audio books on TRIPLE time. She swears it is the best.

  2. I got hooked on Dad is Fat during my 2 hour trip for a summary judgment hearing on Monday. Against my better judgment, I've been listening to it with the kids in the car to and from work. (Almost done). This provides a second-screen experience: James does a NONSTOP running commentary of every topic he covers, wholeheartedly agreeing with Jim's impersonations of his kids, e.g., "I LOVE lollypops!" I wonder at what age they learn to appreciate sarcasm . . .

    1. We always remind middle school teachers to watch the sarcasm. So I would say you have a ways to go with James...


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