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Michele's list

The Fiddler in the Subway
The Fiddler in the Subway The True Story of What Happened When A World-class Violinist Played for Handouts-- and Other Virtuoso Performances by America's Foremost Feature Writer By Weingarten, Gene (Book - 2010 ) 818.5407 W4238f 2010 Available in some locations

Annotation:Pulitzer Prize winning journalist Gene Weingarten probably writes a grocery list that I would happily read. Some of these essays are the best nonfiction I've ever read, and I recommend it passionately to almost everyone. My favorite is one of the shortest, about a vision problem his dad is having.

One for the Money
One for the Money By Evanovich, Janet (Book - 1994 ) MYSTERY EVANOVICH Available in some locations

Annotation:Twenty years ago Janet Evanovich left off writing serial romances and started a mystery series. If you don't laugh out loud by page 25 please let me know and I'll take it off this list.

Packing for Mars
Packing for Mars The Curious Science of Life in the Void By Roach, Mary (Book - 2010 ) 571.0919 R6282p 2010 Available in some locations

Annotation:Mary Roach writes armchair science like no one else. She's smart, she's funny, and she'll try anything once. She has the sense of humor of a 12-year-old boy, so if you have a low gross-out factor you are forewarned. And Shelly, she was born in our year. I loved this book best of all but take a look at her others and find the one that's right for you.

Bachelor Brothers' Bed & Breakfast
Bachelor Brothers' Bed & Breakfast By Richardson, Bill (Book - 1997 ) FICTION RICHARDSO All copies in use Availability details

Annotation:Though this is fiction, there are legions of fans who so ~want~ to believe it's real. Charming, sweet, and SO hilarious. My mom has entire passages memorized and recites them to me when we need to get our hilarity on.

The Geography of Bliss
The Geography of Bliss One Grump's Search for the Happiest Places in the World By Weiner, Eric (Book - 2008 ) 910.4 W423g 2008 Available in some locations

Annotation:Very fun, interesting, armchair travel read, with a bit of self help thrown in there (usually I have no patience for self help but for some reason it's totally fine here). Iceland....how did I not know this? Super like.

The Spellman Files
The Spellman Files By Lutz, Lisa (Book - 2007 ) FICTION LUTZ 2007 Available in some locations

Annotation:I loved this book, but will tell you right up front it's one of those that people either love or hate. The Spellman family is, let's say, unique. The parents are private investigators and have raised their kids 'in the business,' teaching them surveillance and breaking and entering at a young age, as any other family might teach kids how to garden or work on the car. The humor is dry and it's a fast read.

Candyfreak
Candyfreak A Journey Through the Chocolate Underbelly of America By Almond, Steve (Book - 2005 ) 338.47664 A452c 2005 All copies in use Availability details

Annotation:I laughed so hard reading this book. (I agree completely with the author's feelings on coconut.) Super interesting story of the small guys in the candy biz and where they've (mostly) all gone, gobbled up by the big guys. I wanted to search out some of the old school candy bars, and did find some, though it wasn't easy. Patted myself on the back for making a birthday box for my brother containing a copy of the book and some of the candy mentioned.

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Michele and I first met in 7th grade, and we've been the very best of friends ever since, through boyfriends, breakups, marriage, kids, kids as teens (a special category all its own), and now kids in and out of college. She said to me recently that she loves books that make her laugh and make her think, and from which she might learn a little something. This list is made for her.


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