Way back when, I took the Suffolk County police exam. Suffice to say, I never got a call so I probably bombed the test, but reading The Job: True Tales from the Life of a New York City Cop by Steve Osborne, a first-hand account of what his life and cop life was like makes … Continue reading Book Review: The Job
I was young and unaware of just how important In Living Color was in turning mainstream television on its head. Author David Peisner's behind-the-scenes look at the history of the show chopped into short, easy-to-digest chapters make Homey Don't Play That!: The Story of In Living Color and the Black Comedy Revolution a must-read for anyone who appreciates sketch … Continue reading Book Review: Homey Don’t Play That!
Hundreds of things, if not thousands, fall in and our of kids' favor for no apparent reason besides they're kids. But during this year's Winter Olympics, something specific stood out to Nolan. It wasn't necessarily the sporting aspect, though his interest in sports has peaked of late: the living/dining room routinely turns into a hockey … Continue reading Vexillology, FTW!
I really enjoy a good true crime, serial killer book. I kept hoping Bill James' The Man from the Train: The Solving of a Century-Old Serial Killer Mystery would reel me back in the way it had for the first 150, 200 pages. Alas, it didn't. I just returned it to the library, overdue and unfinished! So … Continue reading Book Review: The Man From the Train
Would you willingly, on a whim, decide to give up everything and live off the land? Cut off from all human interaction. With your only food source available by pilfering from nearby seasonal lake houses. At age 20. Roughing it outdoors for all but one day. In Maine. for 27 years?! Author Michael Finkel tells … Continue reading Book Review: The Stranger in the Woods
Kind of a relatable book but not even close to relatable because my father-in-law drives a car hauler. According to author Finn Murphy's intro, these specialists are known as "parking lot attendants," which my FIL quickly informed me was "old school CB talk." Throughout the book, Murphy (call name U-Turn) repeatedly informs us of his … Continue reading Book Review: The Long Haul
Title: This is a Call: The Life and Times of Dave Grohl Author: Paul Brannigan Publisher, Release Date: Da Capo Press, February 5, 2013 Pages: 416 Rating: 9.2/10 This was an easy one to decide on because not only is it a music biography, it's a music biography about an artist whose music I thoroughly enjoy: Dave … Continue reading Book Review: This is a Call
If you're a parent, READ THIS BOOK! Hell, even if you're not a parent, READ THIS BOOK! Dad Is Fat by comedian/writer/child herder Jim Gaffigan (along with his wife Jeannie) put together one of the most amusing yet accurate books about parenting you'll ever find. And maybe it was just me, but the inside voice I … Continue reading Book Review: Dad Is Fat