Jill Kargman “Sometimes I Feel Like a Nut”

February 23rd, 2011

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Let’s get one thing straight right at the top – despite the title of her book, “Sometimes I Feel Like a Nut,” Jill Kargman hates coconut. HATES it. She also dislikes – no, fears – clowns, mimes, and vans. And the curly-headed Nellie Oleson.

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Jill Kargman felt she was too young to write one of those full-on, thousand-page memoirs. But snippets, yes, that would work just fine. Snippets of her life. Her hellish first job out of college. Her bizarre affection for the aroma of gasoline. And the ravaging effects of motherhood on, well, her nether parts. Snippets it is, then, in her book “Somtimes I Feel Like a Nut.”

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Chris Jericho “Undisputed”

February 19th, 2011

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Can I say it? Will I ruin Chris Jericho‘s pro wrestling persona if I tell you what a nice guy he really is? Jericho has been called WWE’s resident bad guy. He’s also been called the first undisputed world champion in the history of the wrestling business, and many say Jericho is one of the best pro wrestlers in history.

But it wasn’t always so clear that Jericho would have that kind of success. His book “Undisputed” tells of how difficult his transition to the WWE often was – his clashes with Vince McMahon, his sometimes-inept efforts to fit into a new culture, and something he calls “the Jericho curse.”

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There’s also pain and loss: the deaths of his mother and close friends in wrestling, and eventually a realization of his own limitations. But — can I say it? — this is a heck of a fun read. And a foreword by his pal Mick Foley.

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Michael Prell “Underdogma”

February 17th, 2011

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Everyone loves an underog. Ever since David slew Goliath, we have rooted for the little guy who takes on the stronger, more powerful, or more dominant opponent. But sometime, a generation or two ago, Americans’ attitude about the underdog underwent a strange metamorphosis, says political consultant and human rights activist Michael Prell. We began to see any underdog as inherently good, because they have no power, and any side with power — the United States, for example — as inherently evil, just because they have the power.

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In his book “Underdogna,” Prell demonstrates how that mutated definition of the power balance now threatens the bedrock of American philosophy, the notion that we are an exceptional nation. Our enemies, he says, are all too happy to help propagate the new “underdogma” that focuses world rage on America.

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Borders Bankrupt, Many Stores to Close

February 16th, 2011

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No one didn’t see this coming. Borders Group Inc. has filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection. About one third of the chain’s stores will close. (Is your local store going to close? Check the list.)

The company says Borders.com is still very much in business. They’ve set up a separate website (www.bordersreorganization.com) to guide customers, creditors, and suppliers about what to expect now.

Much has already been written about the “why” of the Borders failure by journalists far more knowledgeable than I about the business side of bookselling, so I won’t rehash all of that here. Just Google it and you’ll find all the analyses — and obituaries — you want.

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Michael Oher “I Beat the Odds”

February 12th, 2011

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If you’ve read Michaal Lewis’ book “The Blind Side,” or have seen the Academy Award-winning movie based on the book, you know about Michael Oher, the virtually-homeless Memphis teenager, who went on to become a college All-American football star and first-round draft pick by the NFL’s Baltimore Ravens. But there’s a whole lot more you don’t know about Michael Oher — and some of what you think you know may be wrong.

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In his book “I Beat the Odds” Oher fills in his backstory — the crack-addicted mother, the nearly-dozen brothers and sisters who often had to fend for themselves, the feared social workers who he now realizes were often reduced to tears in their efforts to help him and his family. And he has a message for the many thousands of other youngsters who find themselves where he was, not that many years ago.

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