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Old Fashioned Words by Katherine Tucker Windham

Reviewed by Sarah Murphy

Old Fashioned Words

This collection of short memories read by the author will make you daydream about days gone by. Her soothing, southern accent and warm laughter make the listener wish you were sitting on the front porch, sipping cold iced tea on a warm summer evening. When you are feeling overwhelmed with the rush of today’s lifestyle, put in this CD to calm your soul and make you feel good about life in general.

Available at TCPL: Book on CD

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Hyperbole and a Half by Allie Brosh

Reviewed by Erica Hall

Hypbole and a Half book cover

Hyperbole and a Half is difficult to classify. It originated as a blog in the form of a webcomic, which can still be viewed for free online. The actual book Hyperbole and a Half pulls together many of these entries in the form of a book, with new stories added. These comics are autobiographical and take place anywhere from the author’s childhood to present day. While at first glance the drawings seem very child-like, it’s important to note that they do a remarkable job of enhancing the storytelling, which is also surprisingly poignant. Her stories about depression are simultaneously funny and truthful. Her stories about her dogs (Simple Dog and Helper Dog) are endearing. And “God of Cake,” her story about being a small child hell-bent on eating a forbidden cake, has me laughing out loud even after multiple re-reads.

Available at TCPL: Book

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I Feel Bad About My Neck: And Other Thoughts About Being a Woman by Nora Ephron

Reviewed by Erica Hall

I feel bad about my neck book cover

Reading anything by Nora Ephron is always a comforting experience, like eating an entire pint of Ben & Jerry’s after a hard day. Her writing is warm, charming, and nostalgic. Though ostensibly about aging, I Feel Bad About My Neck deals with subjects that someone of any age can relate to. Some of the lighter essays touch on cooking misadventures and vanity. In deeper essays, Ephron reflects back on significant moments in her life. No matter what the topic, she always manages to sound like a dear friend with whom you’re getting coffee. If you’re so inclined, the audiobook is read by the author and is just as enjoyable as the book.

Available at TCPL: Book | Large Print | Audiobook | Overdrive eBook | Overdrive Audiobook

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