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LitPicks Book Reviews—November 2013

Theme—LOL Books
Yes, we're laughing out loud. Sometimes it feels good to take a break from all the heavy lifiting. Each of this month's books is a humorous take on a particular slice of life
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The Rosie Project
Graeme Simsion, 2013
304 pp.

Book Review by Molly Lundquist
November, 2013

Feelings disrupt Don Tillman's orderly world. He listens to Bach, not for its beauty but for the pattern of its notes. He runs his life based on logic, he times his weekly schedule down to the minute, and he has zero luck with women—small wonder.

A 39-year-old professor of genetics, Don is an intellectual savant and social misfit. It's obvious to us that he has Asperger's though it's a fact that clearly escapes him. He's just...unusual, is what Don thinks. His disastrous history with women notwithstanding, Don is out to get a wife.
 

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Truth in Advertising
John Kenney, 2013
320 pp.

Book Review by Molly Lundquist
November, 2013

Finbar Dolan is a 39-year old man working in diapers who needs a change. That's the symbolic gag underpinning (!!) John Kenney's often hilarious novel about the New York ad world. The diapers? They're Fin's big advertising account.

It's Fin's smart take on the ad business that makes this book so funny. Yet one of life's maxims is that witicisms and combacks too often mask a troubled soul. Jokers deflect pain under the guise of humor—so, yes, Fin is funny, but his humor goes down only so far.
 

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Me Talk Pretty One Day
David Sedaris, 2000
272 pp.

Book Review by Molly Lundquist
November 2013

In honesty, I didn't "read" Me Talk Pretty; I listened to it. Even now, simply writing about it, I can hear Sedaris in my head—that voice, with its droll flatness and its slight nasal quality, has the power to make so many of us double over with laughter.

Not all of the essays are hilarious; some are tinged with nostalgia and some carry more than a hint of bitterness. But no matter the emotion conveyed, nearly all are engaging.
 

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