Title: I Am the Messenger
Author: Markus Zusak
Genre: Literary Fiction/YA
Ed Kennedy knows he’s a nobody. However, after the nineteen-year-old cab driver thwarts a bumbling bank robbery attempt, Ed is selected by an unknown party to make a difference in the lives of people he’s never met before. His leads? Nothing more than addresses and times listed on an Ace of Diamonds playing card. Clearly, someone realizes that Ed has a propensity to take matters into his own hands.
Title: Growth and Change Are Highly Overrated
Author: Tom Starita
Genre: Literary Fiction/Humor/Satire
This story is one of not-coming-of-age, the opposite of the classic Bildungsroman plot. Instead of Lucas James accepting responsibility, this is the irreverent, somewhat crass, and humorously self-absorbed story of a young man who won’t grow up, even when circumstances try to force him to change his ways.
Title: Uber Diva
Author: Charles St. Anthony
Part-memoir, part-guide, Uber Diva is an entertaining look at what it takes to be an Uber driver. Told from the perspective of the self-proclaimed Uber Diva, who is sidelined from the ridesharing business after a drunk driver totals her car and sends her to the hospital, it is helpful in weighing the risks and benefits of becoming a rideshare driver.
Title: Think Before You Ink and Other Cautionary Tales
Author: Alison Bossert
Genre: Essays, Humor, and Satire
This short volume features twenty-one stories and essays, some humorous, some serious, but all lighthearted, pithy, and amusing. They share a common point-of-view—that of a single career woman who has come to value time and relationships more than technology or possessions—but the settings encompass the globe, from Moscow to California, Japan to Long Island, Vietnam to the Bahamas.
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Maggie Thomas doesn’t know the first thing about being a private eye. She quickly discovers that running her uncle’s faltering Miami Beach P.I. agency is nothing like watching detective show reruns. Even the private eye app on her iPhone can’t help.
Hardcover: 288 pages
Publisher: Penguin Press (June 16, 2015)
Reading Sara Review: I might be late to the game with this book because most Ansari fans have probably already read this book. I recommended it on my Holiday Gift Guide for your single brother–but I will also recommend it to you–because it is fun for people whether or not they are in a relationship.
So, full disclosure: I’m a pretty big The Office fan, and I watch The Mindy Project. So, yeah, I like Mindy Kaling’s brand of humor. It’s sort of self-effacing in a girl power-ish kind of way. If you’re not familiar with her work, she’s basically a comedy screenwriter and actress who was on The Office and now has her own show. This book is her memoir-slash-autobiography written pre-Mindy Project, but post-the Office.