One of the many reasons MacGyver is a perennial favorite:
Scrutinizing his tux-clad appearance in the mirror, he decides with satisfaction that he feels like “Bond. James Bond.”
And then he attempts to flatten his cowlick.
Chuckle for the day: drool-worthy ad for pasteurized processed cheese food… in a “healthy” cooking magazine.
The World’s Strongest Librarian
A Memoir of Tourette’s, Faith, Strength, and the Power of Family
by Josh Hanagarne
audiobook read by Stephen R. Thorne
Rating: * * * *
Not a wasted moment drawing the listener into this audiobook!
What did he do with all the arms? Gotta love this kid, I was thinking through helpless laughter as the author relayed his quite logical childhood reaction to the story of a warrior smiting his enemies by lopping off their arms, this kind of pragmatism has got to bode well.
By the time the author bestowed upon his symptoms a name of their own: Misty (after all, they took on a personality all their own) I was totally hooked, and I remained that way through his long journey of learning to cope with Tourette’s.
Dear Mister Essay Writer Guy
Advice and Confessions on Writing, Love, and Cannibals
by Dinty W. Moore
Ten Speed Press (c) 2015
Rating: * * * *
What a riot! The questions sent to Mister Essay Writer Guy are giggle-worthy, the responses are snort-worthy, and the essays that follow leave me laughing long after I’ve finished (re-)reading them.
In the vein of Ben Franklin’s infamous letter to his (former) friend Mr. Strahan which was signed,
You are now my enemy, –
And I am, –
This is the kind of book to pick up in a durable format, the better to stand up to frequent use.
Thank you to Ten Speed Press and NetGalley for the Advance Reader Copy I received in exchange for an honest review.
Going Commando by Mark Time
February 2014, Troubador Publishing
Rating: * * * *
Hilarious, absurd, and impossible to put down!
Thank you, author Mark Time, for recommending this selection.
Norwegian by Night By Derek B. Miller
(c) 2012. First US edition 2013
Rating: * * * * *
Norwegian by Night is full of unexpected little gems like a magic dust bunny carefully transported in a hobo pack.
A grumpy old man living in an unfamiliar world rescues a traumatized little boy from his mother’s abuser. Meanwhile, we ponder. What is dementia, and who decides if someone has it? What and who are family? If we talk to someone who isn’t standing beside us, does that mean he isn’t there?
Is this an adventure story? An account of an existence heavily defined by being Jewish? A tale about relationships and our expectations of others? A commentary on the after-effects of war? A treatise on aging? A sweet story of caring for a child one has just met? Yes.
I can’t say what drew me to this book. Not the cover picture, although that has a charm all its own. Suffice it to say that the books I find hardest to explain are the ones I most enjoy.
If you like this book, you may also enjoy The Last Ferryman by Gregory Randle.
Superior Justice, a Lake Superior Mystery
by Tom Hilpert
(c) 2008 Tom Hilpert
Rating: * * * *
Daniel Spooner died on a Tuesday in early May, just as the lunch hour was ending in Grand Lake.
The lunch hour part made me chuckle and ensured I would continue reading. And what a fun read this is!
Meet Rev. Jonah Borden, Lutheran pastor in a small town on Minnesota’s North Shore, who fuels his day with copious amounts of coffee and gourmet food and listens to rock music and goes fishing as often as time permits.
Jonah cracks wise as he tries to help clear a man he knows to be innocent of a vigilante murder, only to find himself charged with murder. And other unscrupulous dealings.
Superior Justice is thoroughly entertaining and a quick read.
A cookbook author was recently heard on public radio gushing about a local restaurant that does “beehyoooootifullll things with bayyykin.”
Have you ever noticed that cookbook authors and public radio speakers (both hosts and guests) have a great deal in common when it comes to descriptions and pronunciations? The first requirement is hyperbole. The second is that a great deal of words must be used to say next to nothing.
Throughout my years of listening to public radio I have identified a few key phrases for anyone looking to get into the business. It is my contention that one cannot pass the test to go on the radio as either a public radio host/guest or a cookbook author without employing these phrases, preferably layered one upon another.
Very sort of
Nearly anything ending in “y” or “ly”
[various ooh and aah exclamations]
A perfect audition sentence would be, “It’s this beautiful, this very sort of…um…I don’t know, just oh! so yummy bit of yummy, creamy goodness with this kind of crunchy, sort of crumbly finish to it.”