Reader's Advisory

October Staff Picks


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Not that kind of girl : a young woman tells you what she's "learned"

By Lena Dunham

Call#791.4502 DUN

From the publisher: :"If I could take what I've learned and make one menial job easier for you, or prevent you from having the kind of sex where you feel you must keep your sneakers on in case you want to run away during the act, then every misstep of mine was worthwhile. I'm already predicting my future shame at thinking I had anything to offer you, but also my future glory in having stopped you from trying an expensive juice cleanse or thinking that it was your fault when the person you are dating suddenly backs away, intimidated by the clarity of your personal mission here on earth. No, I am not a sexpert, a psychologist or a dietician. I am not a mother of three or the owner of a successful hosiery franchise. But I am a girl with a keen interest in having it all, and what follows are hopeful dispatches from the frontlines of that struggle."

Todd/Librarian: I requested this book via our zipbook program and I am so glad I did. I am a fan of Lena Dunham’s television program “girls” and this book of essays in very much in the same spirit of the show. At times the book can feel shocking with just how candid Dunham is about her life. In other ways it is incredibly moving and last but not least it is a funny read. I read this book in one lazy Saturday afternoon and found myself smiling the entire time.


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Agnes & the hitman

By Jennifer Crusie & Bob Mayer

Call # FIC CRU

From the publisher: Rescued during a break-in by an unlikely hit man who has been directed by the mob to protect her, food writer Cranky Agnes finds her situation further complicated by a missing cache of money that becomes a key factor in a Southern mafia wedding.

Sally / Library Director: I just finished “Agnes and the hitman” by Jennifer Crusie. Agnes, a food writer who just purchased an older home in the south, becomes the target of a mob hit. This story is funny, clever with mystery and romance all in one. Agnes becomes involved with a hitman sent to protect her, while she is busy planning a wedding for her best friends daughter. The “hits” just keep on coming with 5 million dollars and a bomb shelter on her property, the mafia trying to knock people off right and left. Agnes is funny and endearing and she is tough as nails. I loved the book, especially all the references to the old south. “Agnes and the hitman“ is a fun read with a happy ending, which I think is something we need more of.







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