So you've read Tina Fey's Bossypants...now what? Feed your appetite for another humorous read with Mindy Kaling's honest memoir. The Emmy-nominated writer and actress on The Office tackles everything from growing up chubby to her unabashed love of chest hair. The randomness of the amusing topics covered is anchored by the important eras in her life as well as her friends, family and evolution of her career.
Logue, the grandson of Lionel Logue, speech therapist to King George VI, wrote this biography of his grandfather after having discovered some letters and journals that had been kept by a different branch of the family. Mark Logue always knew part of the story, but with this new material was able to put together a much more comprehensive look at his grandfather and his extraordinary relationship with the King.
With a few notable exceptions (Stephen King, Neil Gaiman, Bill Bryson), I believe authors should not attempt to narrate their own audio books. I mention this because I recently listened to Sarah Vowell’s latest book, Unfamiliar Fishes. While the content of the book was interesting enough, I became really irritated by the author’s reading of it by disk 2. This did not bode well for a favorable review.
Gwynne covers a lot of history in his book. This is, in part, the biography of Quanah Parker, the last Comanche Chief. More than that, it's the history of Texas settlers spilling onto the open plains and their persistence in pushing the frontier forward despite vicious battles with southern plains tribes.
If you’re a regular reader, you probably know I’m a Bryson fan. Still, I was hesitant to pick up his latest because the description made it sound a tad boring. Recently, when I saw the audio edition available, I picked it up just to see. I’m glad I did!