Worst Class Trip Ever by Dave Barry
(Disney-Hyperion, 2015, 224 pages)
A chaotic class trip to DC starts on the plane ride there, when an 8th grader named Wyatt and his friend Matt are convinced that these two suspicious men are carrying a detonator to possibly blow up the White House. They decided to take matters into their own hands (literally) and a few fellow classmates get involved. Are they going to be able to save the day?
If you are looking for a book with a hysterical, steady-paced story that has an unexpected twist, this might just be what you are looking for. It is not realistic but it is just plain fun. A great read for juvenile comedy fans.
Shrill: Notes from a Loud Woman by Lindy West
(Hachette Books, 2016, 260 pages)
Fierce feminist views. Rally call!
Baking with Kafka by Tom Gauld
(Drawn & Quarterly, 2017, 160 pages)
This fun collection of comics caters directly to book-lovers and English professors. I enjoy Gauld’s artistic style and dry humor and I’ve already started looking into his past work. There were a number of comics in Baking with Kafka that I wanted to rip out and post around my office and/or send to friends. I’d recommend this to anyone who has an appreciation for literary-based humor. 😉
Just to get a taste for a taste of his work:
Sunday Sketching by Christoph Niemann
(Harry N. Abrams, 2016, 272 pages)
I follow Niemann on Instagram and didn’t realize how familiar I was with his work until I noticed how frequently his art appears on the cover of The New Yorker. There’s a lot of humor in his work and it makes me happy. In addition to being a collection of some of his pieces, Sunday Sketching also talks about how Niemann tackles the creative process. It was an interesting and quick read that only left me wanting to actually purchase the book for my collection and acquire his art for my walls.
This is a fun read for people who appreciate art/illustration and want insight into how this particular artist approaches life as a creative.
And for fun, here’s a taste of his Niemann’s artwork (all pulled from his website: http://www.christophniemann.com). You should also check out “The Gummi Bear Chronicles” on the New York Times’s Abstract Sunday blog – just because I like it ;).
Wishful Drinking by Carrie Fisher
(Simon & Schuster, 2008, 163 pages)
Brutally honest with sarcasm galore!
Silver Screen Fiend: Learning About Life from an Addiction to Film by Patton Oswalt
(Scribner, 2015, 222 pages)
Life fit in around movies.
All Grown Up by Jami Attenberg
(Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2017, 191 pages)
Growing up: Doesn’t come easy