CRRL Picks: It's Funny Now
Annotation:Part memoir, part family history, and part sociological study of the WASP world, (this) is a captivating examination of a cultural crack-up and a man trying to escape its wreckage.
Annotation:By 1955, the year of Wendy's birth, the Burden's had become a clan of overfunded, quirky and brainy, steadfastly chauvinistic, and ultimately doomed bluebloods on the verge of financial and moral decline-and were rarely seen not holding a drink.
Annotation:After spending most of her life supporting her family, Karp is laid off from her office job during the recession, which sets off a chain of events that leaves her living in a trailer in an Orange County Walmart parking lot.
Annotation:(A) story of triumph against all odds, but also a tender, moving tale of unconditional love in a family that despite its profound flaws gave (Walls) the fiery determination to carve out a successful life on her own terms.
Annotation:A loving but realistic portrait of a "hearty-handshake Methodist" family that gave its members a remarkable legacy of kinship, kindness, and remembered pleasures...of growing up on an...Iowa farm during the depths of the Great Depression.
Annotation:Dickinson has made a career out of helping others, through her internationally syndicated advice column "Ask Amy." Readers love her for...motto..."I make the mistakes so you don't have to." Here, she shares those mistakes and her remarkable story.
Annotation:Set against the gossipy world of magazine publishing, reveals what it is like to be stripped bare, wander through the rubble, and to put oneself together again.
Annotation:Evelyn Ryan, an enterprising woman...kept poverty at bay with wit, poetry, and perfect prose during the "contest era" of the 1950s and 1960s.
Annotation:(T)he true story of a boy whose mother (a poet with delusions of Anne Sexton) gave him away to be raised by her psychiatrist, a dead-ringer for Santa and a lunatic in the bargain.
Annotation:Having so eloquently probed the life of others, Sacks now takes a look at himself, unearthing the source of his scientific curiosity in a sometimes troubled childhood in wartime Britain.
Annotation:Fisher reveals what it was really like to grow up a product of "Hollywood in-breeding," come of age on the set of a little movie called Star Wars, and become a cultural icon and bestselling action figure at the age of nineteen.