Tough Broads In Space Part II

Ready for some escapist fun with women at the helm? These books feature strong women who take names after the prerequisite drubbing of enemies. There's also a lot of good world building and complicated characters, so hold onto your helmet and prepare to blast off. K.B. Wagers is back with her second installment of the Indranan […]

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The Misogynist Next Door: What to Read if You Like Guy

Jowlita Bydlowska has written a hilarious novel about a completely unlikable character: Guy. He's a successful talent scout whose latest product he makes over from pop star to professional cancer survivor. Despite having a gorgeous girlfriend who wants to take things to the next level (a thought that induces terror in our protagonist), Guy frequently has […]

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#TBT: Happy 80th, Vanessa Redgrave!

Born to British theater royalty Michael Redgrave and Rachel Kempson, Vanessa Redgrave has had a long and successful career, both on stage and on screen. Her birth—80 years ago, on January 30, 1937—was even announced by Laurence Olivier during the curtain call of Hamlet; the actor added, "tonight a great actress is born." Redgrave has more than […]

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Beyond Bond: Espionage In Other Countries

James Bond is not the only non-American spy out engaging in derring-do. Other countries have their intelligence agents. These are some of the more recent entries for those who like to engage in armchair espionage. The Gentleman From Japan is the latest in the Inspector O series by James Church. While these books tend to be more mysteries than spy […]

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They Lived and Laughed and Sometimes Left: Cancer Stories

Cancer is no joke. Fighting it isn't, either, especially if you're young. However, there are some moments of humor, if you're with the right people and looking for them. These are books about people who developed cancer at a young age and lessons learned. It's Okay to Laugh (Crying is Cool, Too) by Nora McInery Purmort is […]

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Chi-Town Comics Spill the Beans

A lot of funny people have passed through Chicago; some have stayed and some have moved to the other coasts. However, this post is about comedians who were born in Chicago and vicinity, most of whom also grew up and cut their comic teeth here. This is a collection of their autobiographical material. Bob Newhart was […]

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How We Make The Funny

The Daily Show was a little nothing of a property when it debuted in the mid-90s. With the leadership of Jon Stewart, however, it became a cultural touchstone and the place where millions got their news. The Daily Show (the Book) by Chris Smith is an oral history of the high times and raucous humor of this staple […]

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Your Bellevue Reading List

David Oshinsky has written a lucid history of the storied Bellevue Hospital, naturally titled Bellevue. It also deals with the history of medicine and New York City, which Bellevue is intrinsically part of. From its days as the infirmary of a poorhouse to Hurricane Sandy (the only time in Bellevue's history that it closed its doors), […]

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Lyric Dystopias

I picked up The Weaver by Emmi Itaranta, and it reminded me of other dystopic books, like Margaret Atwood's The Handmaid's Tale. However, in these books, the protagonist generally has to realize that things were or could be different. All of these protagonists are young, and while written for adults, these books are good choices for anyone longing for […]

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