With finals in full swing and summer break just around the corner, I decided to exclude all academic materials and make this a comedy-themed post. These books should provide much-needed respite from a year's worth of dense, required reading and are perfect for summer leisure-reading.
The first book is Marc Maron’s new memoir, Attempting Normal. For those who may be unfamiliar with his work, Marc Maron is an influential comedian and host of the popular podcast, WTF. In Attempting normal, Maron presents a collection of stories from his life in the typical brutally honest and rant-like manner that he has become famous for. At times painful, sad, and cringe-inducing, the book is ultimately a hilarious account of an imperfect man trying to be a better person. Fans of Maron’s comedy and/or his podcast are sure to love this book, and if you’ve never heard of him, it’s still worth checking out! Attempting Normal can be found as part of the Loop Library’s Unwind the Mind: Popular Reading Collection, Call Number: 792.7028092 M354A2013
The second book in this comedy-themed post takes us back to some of the people who helped pave the way for modern comedic entertainment. In her new book, Mary and Lou and Rhoda and Ted, Jennifer Keishin Armstrong explores the creation of one of most beloved television shows in history, The Mary Tyler Moore Show. 40 years after the show aired, MTM still holds up; not only does the show remain entertaining but modern shows like 30 Rock continue to borrowing extensively from the groundbreaking comedy (it’s obvious if you think about it: Liz Lemon is a single, career-focused woman living in the city, working in television with a gruff man as a boss…). While the show may seem innocent by today’s standards, it’s still one of the best and fans of television are sure to enjoy reading this book. Mary and Lou and Rhoda and Ted is part of the Unwind the Mind: Popular Reading Collection and can be found at the John T. Richardson Library, Call Number: 791.4572 A7351M2013
The last book I would like to highlight comes from stand-up comic and actress Jen Kirkman. The title of Kirkman’s hilarious new memoir, I Can Barely Take Care of Myself: Tales from a Happy Life Without Kids, perfectly describes the tone and content of this book. And if you’re anything like me, this book will hit close to home in an at times embarrassing and at time thank-god-I’m-not-alone kind of way. Kirkman is extremely funny and her first book is definitely worth checking out. I Can Barely Take Care of Myself is part of the Unwind the Mind Popular Reading Collection and can be found at the John T. Richardson Library,
Call Number: 792.7028092 K596I2013