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If Evanovich Wrote the Grim Reaper

First Grave on the RightLooking for an audiobook with laugh-out-loud humor, steamy romance, quirky suspense, and memorable supporting characters? If so, take a chance on Darynda Jones’ First Grave on the Right. Since she was a little girl, Charley Davidson has been talking to dead people. Now there are three murdered lawyers who won’t cross over, and it’s her responsibility to help them. She also has a very sexy someone visiting her lifelike dreams each night. What’s a woman to do? Lorelei King, the award-winning voice of Janet Evanovich’s Stephanie Plum, plays to her strengths in narrating with the right blend of sarcasm, vulnerability, and fun.

By Cathleen, Readers' Advisor on September 24, 2012 Categories: Audiobooks, Fantasy & Sci-Fi, Humor, Romance

What the French Are Talking About

Delicacy book coverNot everyone has the chance to meet and marry her soul mate, but Natalie does. She and Francois are ridiculously happy together and full of plans for the future — plans that are cut cruelly short when an accident takes him away. Heartbroken and barely functional, Natalie isolates herself until one day when she impulsively kisses a stunned coworker. The odd but charming courtship that follows is the subject of La Delicatesse by David Foenkinos, a runaway bestseller in France and the adult fiction selection for this year’s Book Crossing program. At heart, it’s a playful, offbeat story about the journeys of two unlikely souls and how we are sometimes given what we need instead of what we expect.

JOIN US to chat about Delicacy on Monday, October 1, at 7 pm, and also hear about similar books and movies you may enjoy. A screening of the film adaptation starring Audrey Tautou will be shown Tuesday, October 2, at 1 pm. Registration is required for each event.

By Cathleen, Readers' Advisor on September 17, 2012 Categories: Books, Humor, Movies and TV, Romance

The Funniest Guy You’ve Never Heard Of

Dave Hill is a comedian, writer, and musician. You’ve probably never heard of him, but don’t worry, he’s funny. If you like David Sedaris but want less cynicism, more self deprecation, and spades of bravado, Dave Hill is for you.

Have a look at the socially awkward trailer for Hill’s debut memoir, Tasteful Nudes…and Other Misguided Attempts at Personal Growth and Validation. It guest stars Dick Cavett and Malcolm Gladwell.

By Readers' Advisor on August 18, 2012 Categories: Books, Humor, Nonfiction

When Cary Met Sophia

Houseboat DVD coverCary Grant agreed to the film Houseboat because he was in love with Sophia Loren, and their attraction is obvious in this warm family comedy. Grant plays a widower, Tom, who doesn’t know what to do with his three precocious children. Enter Cinzia, a sheltered Italian socialite who desperately wants the chance to meet a real American. Pretending to be a maid, she agrees to care for the children and helps to mend fences between Tom and his estranged family. Loren is captivating as the woman who wins all of their hearts with playfulness, understanding, and an appreciation for dolce far niente, “the sweetness of doing nothing.”

By Cathleen, Readers' Advisor on July 23, 2012 Categories: Humor, Movies and TV, Romance

Very Short Strange Tales for Grown-Ups

Suddenly a Knock on the Door CD coverLike lightning in a bottle, Etgar Keret’s stories are rare, mesmerizing, and combustible.  He has a talent for turning reality and expectations inside out and then peppering them with oddball humor.  Even when it came to producing his audiobook, Keret bucked tradition.  He brainstormed a dream list of who should voice each story and personally wrote the authors and actors to ask.  The stories so intrigued the likes of Stanley Tucci, Willem Dafoe, Michael Chabon, Neal Stephenson, Nicole Krauss, Jonathan Safran Foer, Aimee Bender, and Dave Eggers that they agreed!  Enjoy a tumble down the rabbit hole and hear their performances on Suddenly, A Knock on the Door.

By Cathleen, Readers' Advisor on July 16, 2012 Categories: Audiobooks, Humor

Celebrate June is Audiobook Month

Bossypants audiobook cover

Just in time to highlight great listens for summer reading, the winners of the 2012 Audie Awards have been announced! Honoring the year’s best recordings in a rich mix of categories, these awards are a perfect source of listening suggestions while traveling on vacation, basking in the sun, or making everyday routines more exciting. Try one of the most recent winners below or sample past Audiobooks of the Year. Need more incentive? Don’t forget that listening to an audiobook counts as reading in our Summer Reading Program!

Audiobook of the Year: Bossypants by Tina Fey

Solo Narration (Male): Simon Vance, narrator of The King’s Speech

Biography/Memoir: Bossypants by Tina Fey

Fantasy: Daughter of Smoke and Bone by Laini Taylor

Humor: Shatner Rules by William Shatner with Chris Regan

Literary Fiction: State of Wonder by Ann Patchett

Multi-Voiced Performance: A Raisin in the Sun by Lorraine Hansberry

Mystery: Feast Day of Fools by James Lee Burke

Narration by the Author: Beauty Queens by Libba Bray

Personal Development: Prime Time by Jane Fonda

Romance: New York to Dallas by J.D. Robb

Thriller/Suspense: The Nightmare Thief by Meg Gardiner

By Cathleen, Readers' Advisor on June 11, 2012 Categories: Audiobooks, Awards, Fantasy & Sci-Fi, Humor, Literary, Mysteries/Thrillers/Suspense, Nonfiction, Romance

John’s Pick: Leningrad Cowboys Go America

John staff picks photoThe Leningrad Cowboys – a Slavic folk band tagged as “the worst rock ‘n’ roll band in the world” – travel to America in search of success. That’s about as far as plot goes in Leningrad Cowboys Go America, an absurdest comedy that satirizes Americana, the immigrant experience, and the Soviet political system.

By Readers' Advisor on May 22, 2012 Categories: Humor, Movies and TV, Music, Picks by John, Staff Picks

Donna S.’s Pick: City Island

Donna S staff pick photoIn City Island, Vince has plenty of secrets. His whole family does. His son has a fetish, his daughter moonlights as an exotic dancer, his wife thinks he’s having an affair and all Vince wants is to be an actor. The comedy of ill-communication is magnified in City Island.

By Readers' Advisor on May 15, 2012 Categories: Humor, Movies and TV, Picks by Donna, Staff Picks

LISTS: Comedic Female Memoirs

Wishful Drinking book cover“If my life wasn’t funny it would just be true, and that is unacceptable,” said Carrie Fisher. You can find out what she meant in her memoir, Wishful Drinking.

If you want to read more sordid, hilarious, and sometimes sad memoirs by famous, funny women, click here.

By Readers' Advisor on May 11, 2012 Categories: Books, Humor, Lists, Nonfiction

LISTS: Contemporary British Sitcoms

Black Books DVD coverIf you’re tired of of American TV, look across the Atlantic to what’s on the telly in England. The BBC produces absolutely fabulous, small-screen sitcoms that are usually about six episodes per season.

To explore contemporary British comedy, click here.

By Readers' Advisor on March 9, 2012 Categories: Humor, Lists, Movies and TV