On My Bookshelf

Self-Inflicted Wounds: Heartwarming Tales of Epic Humiliations by Aisha TylerSelfInflictedWounds-hc-c3

From Amazon.com: In her book Self-Inflicted Wounds, comedian, actress, and cohost of CBS’s daytime hit show The Talk, Aisha Tyler recounts a series of epic mistakes and hilarious stories of crushing personal humiliation, and the personal insights and authentic wisdom she gathered along the way.

I can’t begin to explain how excited I was to see a new memoir in my library’s digital catalog that didn’t concentrate on overcoming cancer, recommitting to a less-than-perfect relationship, or raising kids in a new/old/amazing/life-changing/kitschy/revolting way. Overall. . . it was fine. I enjoyed it, but wasn’t rushing to plug my headphones in every day. Just a nice read.

The 100-Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out the Window and Disappeared by Jonas Jonasson100YOM%20packshot%20(060112)

From Amazon.com: After a long and eventful life, Allan Karlsson ends up in a nursing home, believing it to be his last stop. The only problem is that he’s still in good health, and in one day, he turns 100. A big celebration is in the works, but Allan really isn’t interested (and he’d like a bit more control over his vodka consumption). So he decides to escape. He climbs out the window in his slippers and embarks on a hilarious and entirely unexpected journey, involving, among other surprises, a suitcase stuffed with cash, some unpleasant criminals, a friendly hot-dog stand operator, and an elephant (not to mention a death by elephant).

It would be the adventure of a lifetime for anyone else, but Allan has a larger-than-life backstory: Not only has he witnessed some of the most important events of the twentieth century, but he has actually played a key role in them. Starting out in munitions as a boy, he somehow finds himself involved in many of the key explosions of the twentieth century and travels the world, sharing meals and more with everyone from Stalin, Churchill, and Truman to Mao, Franco, and de Gaulle. Quirky and utterly unique, The 100-Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out the Window and Disappeared has charmed readers across the world.

This one is for my online book club. Online book clubs are neat because the amount of wine consumed is kept a secret and people actually have to read the book. My husband and I are reading this together in the evening – a process that is both long and nauseatingly sweet. So far, so good. It is funny and a nice departure from the typical sappy book club selections.

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