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Non-Fic Picks: LOL

Someone recently compared the month of August to Sundays. Both can share that "day before" feeling of anxious doom and gloom. You might find yourself sighing dramatically and often over what's next, be it school starting or just an another manic Monday. Even if you're not going back to school in September, August feels like the end of something. So lighten up already! Our August non-fic picks are all about the LOLs.

I Need a Lifeguard Everywhere but the Pool by Lisa Scottoline & Francesca Serritella

The seventh book in this mother-daughter series does not disappoint. Lisa and Francesca take turns wielding the wit as they tell stories of their lives that will resonate with any woman. Whether they are drunk online shopping or dealing with doggy diapers, the two share an anecdotal, conversational style that hits the right note to stave off the end-of-summer blues.

Chuck Klosterman X: A Highly Specific, Defiantly Incomplete History of the early 21st Century by Chuck Klosterman

Essayist Klosterman has compiled his best work for this nearly 450 page tome. It's not light to carry, nor is it always light reading, but Klosterman's ridiculous worldview and way with words lightens the mood with the best of them. He has added intros, footnotes, and included digressions and previously unpublished parts, so even if you've read everything he's ever written you'll find something new to laugh at here.

Arbitrary Stupid Goal by Tamara Shopsin

This offbeat memoir tells of Shopsin's childhood growing up in 1970s Greenwich Village where her family ran a diner. Shopsin uses photographs, illustrations and, of course, humor to relate what she remembers best about a bygone time.

Would Everybody Please Stop?: Reflections on Life and Other Bad Ideas by Jenny Allen

Allen joins the ranks of hilarious people who are driven to share their take on the world today, and make us all laugh while doing it. Allen is known for her one-woman show about her experience with cancer, her short pieces can easily be envisioned as monologues. For fans of Nora Ephron and Anna Quindlen.



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