Tag: humor

17 Black Hairs: KARMA KHULLAR’S MUSTACHE

17 Black Hairs: KARMA KHULLAR’S MUSTACHE

Lynn: OMG—those middle school years! So much change and heartache, and the smallest of things can cause such anguish. Individual circumstances may differ, but exquisitely painful emotions are the same. Kristi Wientge brings a welcome new voice to the middle-school experience in her funny debut novel, Karma Khullar’s Mustache (2017). As though starting sixth grade […]

2017 Thurber Prize Winner Announced

2017 Thurber Prize Winner Announced

Last night, at the tail end of one of the least-funny days in recent U.S. history, Trevor Noah’s first book took home the Thurber Prize for American Humor. In her starred Booklist review review for Born a Crime,  Donna Seaman calls the Daily Show host’s voice “fresh and tonic” while landing jokes about growing up mixed-race […]

As You(Tube) Like It: 5 Must-See Literary Web Series
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As You(Tube) Like It: 5 Must-See Literary Web Series

April marked the five-year anniversary of The Lizzie Bennet Diaries, a vlog version of Jane Austen’s Pride & Prejudice. In the years since, other YouTubers copied LBD’s formula, adapting famous novels into bite-sized episodes that went online once or twice a week. In some cases, a bunch of friends with no budget banded together; other projects required a full […]

Move Over, Beowulf. It’s Grendel’s Time to Shine.

Move Over, Beowulf. It’s Grendel’s Time to Shine.

Lynn: Move over, Beowulf. Grendel is the hero in Grendel’s Guide to Love and War: A Tale of Rivalry, Romance, and Existential Angst (2017), A. E. Kaplan’s humorous take on the classic tale. Seventeen-year-old Tom Grendel is no monster. He likes his quiet life in a peaceful suburb largely populated by old ladies. He runs a […]

Posted in: Bookends, Young Adult
Overcoming Summer Fears with Picture Books

Overcoming Summer Fears with Picture Books

Lynn: We love rides, water parks and roller coasters in my family, but it wasn’t always that way! I remember my twin grandsons as we stood in line for their very first “big” ride. Full of bravado, they got quieter and quieter as we got closer and closer to the ride, until it was even […]

THE LAKE EFFECT: Still Time for a Beach Book

THE LAKE EFFECT: Still Time for a Beach Book

Lynn: Those of us who live on the shores of the Great Lakes are very familiar with the term “lake effect.” It makes temperatures milder while also dumping great amounts of snow on the shoreline in winter. Erin McCahan’s book, Lake Effect (2017) explores another meaning of the term: the calming, reflective, introspective feeling that […]

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2017 Diagram Prize for Oddest Book Title Announced

2017 Diagram Prize for Oddest Book Title Announced

Always one of my favorite literary awards, the winner of the 39th annual Diagram Prize for Oddest Book Title of the Year has been announced: The Commuter Pig Keeper: A Comprehensive Guide to Keeping Pigs when Time is Your Most Precious Commodity, by Michaela Giles, edged out runner-up Renniks Australian Pre-Decimal & Decimal Coin Errors: The Premier […]

NO GOOD DEED: Robin Hood Reimagined

NO GOOD DEED: Robin Hood Reimagined

Lynn: Folk and fairy-tale twists are hugely popular in our neck of the woods, as are strong female protagonists who take care of business without some male hero stepping in. Kara Connolly’s arrow-strewn No Good Deed  (2017) is just the perfect fit! Ellie Hudson, a top-ranked U.S. archer, has traveled to Nottingham for qualifying trials […]

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Jeff Sessions Preferred Dragnet: Talking with Al Franken, GIANT OF THE SENATE

Jeff Sessions Preferred Dragnet: Talking with Al Franken, GIANT OF THE SENATE

It’s a little nerve-racking to sit down with a giant of the Senate, but Democratic Senator Al Franken of Minnesota wears the mantle lightly. To be clear, Giant of the Senate is the tongue-in-cheek title of his new book. But while it’s seasoned with humor, there’s plenty of meat. Franken, hardly looking old enough to […]

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STAR SCOUTS: Summer Camp, Science-Fiction Style

STAR SCOUTS: Summer Camp, Science-Fiction Style

Lynn: When you’re the new kid in town, finding friends can be tough. Mike Lawrence takes an out-of-this-world look at the issue in his recent graphic novel, Star Scouts (2017).  Barrel-racing, rodeo loving Avani Patel is having an especially hard time fitting into her new school, so her well-meaning dad signs her up for Flower […]