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The Pioneer Woman: Black Heels to Tractor Wheels by Ree Drummond

Reviewed by Kandi Vance

“This isn’t just my love story; it’s a universal tale of passion, romance, and all-encompassing love that sweeps us off our feet.”

One of my guilty pleasures is watching the Food Network channel. One of the shows I watch is The Pioneer Woman. Ree Drummond, in the intro, says she is an “accidental country girl.” That got my attention, and as the show progresses every episode Ree gives you snippets of how she became an “accidental country girl.” So when I came across this book on the shelf, I knew I had to read it.

Black Heels to Tractor Wheels is an autobiography of how Ree and Ladd meet and fell in love. Ree tells of the first years of marriage as she adapts to country life. If you like The Pioneer Woman and all the antics of her family, you will like this book.

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Paris in Love: A Memoir by Eloisa James

Review by Morgan Hayes

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Paris in Love, by Eloisa James, is a memoir of the romance novelist’s sabbatical trip to Paris. After losing her to mother to cancer, and then being diagnosed with cancer herself, James believed it was time to do something for herself. So James, her husband, and their two children all moved to Paris, France for one year. During her stay, she created Facebook posts and Tweeted about her stay. Paris in Love is a collection of all these posts James created during this time. Most of the entries are no more than a few sentences long and mainly discuss her children, food, and shopping, and other life lessons. This is a great book to read if you enjoy memoirs but need to read something with a lighter tone. James’ anecdotes are funny and well written and will keep the reader engaged while learning what will happen next to the family. Paris in Love is an insightful book that shows the reader that sometimes it is important to simply live life for yourself.

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Hyperbole and a Half by Allie Brosh

Reviewed by Erica Hall

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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.

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Furiously Happy by Jenny Lawson

Reviewed by Cassie Ogle

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In Jenny Lawson’s second book, Furiously Happy, Jenny describes living with depression and anxiety using her brand own brand of absurd wit and honesty.  In the book, Jenny describes being “Furiously Happy” as a way of experiencing joy in between times when depression hits and you just can’t seem to get out of bed; “It’s the difference between surviving life and living life”.  Most people would not expect to react to a book about a subject as serious as mental illness with gut wrenching laughter but this book should come with a warning label “Choking Hazard: Do not eat or drink while reading.”

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