Life and Death are Wearing Me Out by Mo Yan, translated by Howard Goldblatt
Reviewed by Jennifer Chin
Clever, funny, but most of all, an enlightening portrayal of Chinese village life surrounding the years of the cultural revolution, told by a man who is continually reincarnated as various animals from the Chinese zodiac. Wish I could have read it in Chinese for the full impact of all the plays on language.
Talking as Fast as I Can by Lauren Graham
If this book is even a modicum of what it’s like inside Lauren Graham’s mind, I want to live there. Charming, fast-paced, interesting, crazy, funny, smart, and honest. I would recommend Lauren Graham’s memoir to fans of Gilmore Girls, fans of Parenthood, and fans of fun.
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One More Thing: Stories and Other Stories by B.J. Novak
Review: Crude, offbeat, imaginative. B.J. Novak, writer & actor for The Office, has released a collection of original short stories developed from a series of public readings. The stories range from less than a page to maybe 20 pages. They each have a unique flavor and many exude a dark sense of humor. I appreciated the fact that little details from previous stories come back in subsequent ones if you are paying close enough attention and while I didn’t laugh out loud, I did find some of them quite humorous. I particularly liked “The Something by John Grisham,” “The Girl Who Gave Great Advice,” and “If I Had a Nickel.”