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- 05/11/17--14:48: _How To Make White P...
- 05/14/17--16:02: _Theft By Finding: D...
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- 05/11/17--14:48: How To Make White People Laugh by Negin Farsad
- 05/14/17--16:02: Theft By Finding: Diaries (1977-2002) by David Sedaris
- 05/14/17--16:06: Word by Word by Kory Stamper
- 05/14/17--16:07: Why You Love Music by John Powell
- 05/14/17--16:09: The Awkward Thoughts of W. Kamau Bell by W. Kamau Bell
- 05/14/17--16:11: The Lonely City by Olivia Laing
I discovered Negin in her documentary The Muslims are Coming then saw her speak at an event and immediately bought this book. It's a hilarious, but real commentary on race and religion in our culture and society. A must-read in our specific political climate. - Karena
My mother introduced me to David Sedaris’s work when I was (far too) young. That alone probably says a lot about how I turned out. Sedaris is a master of wicked humor, and during his lecture tours he often reads excerpts from his diaries to the eager crowd. They are funny, insightful, and more than a little snarky, and he is finally releasing some of them for our reading pleasure. I can’t wait! - Ivy
The quintessential book for lexophiles and logophiles! Lexicographer Kory Stamper takes readers on a delightful tour of Merriam-Webster’s hallowed cubicles and shows us how dictionaries are created and edited. Full of charming, hilarious, and never-pedantic anecdotes—including how in the world the word “irregardless” earned a spot in the dictionary—this is fantastic for any wordsmith. - Kelly
John Powell, a physicist with a master’s degree in music composition, adds another volume to the compendium of obsessive, awesome scientists from different disciplines trying to determine why music affects us so much. In this exploration, though he draws on psychology, Powell takes particular notice of music in the context of daily, regular human experience and how it amplifies an already good life. - a.c.
Hilarious essays on race, gender, and pop culture by the host of CNN’s United Shades of America. Kamau is a self-proclaimed blerd (a black nerd) who writes as effortlessly about Michael Jordan and Spiderman as he does about being a cisgender male getting woke-schooled by a feminist. This book will inspire you to raise a fist in solidarity as often as it will make you laugh. - Jason
This is not a How to Be Alone (though Jonathan Franzen’s essay collection is worth reading); it’s an exploration into loneliness as represented in the art of lonely artists. Laing beautifully examines well-known artists like Edward Hopper and Andy Warhol and introduces us to lesser known and incredibly interesting people like Henry Darger and David Wojnarowicz. After reading this book I found myself wanting more “alone” time with art. The Lonely City is a meditative read. - Ashley