Hillbilly Elegy

J.D. Vance was born and raised in Middletown, Ohio – firmly within the Rust Belt of America.  Growing up poor and below the poverty line, Vance tells of the turbulent years of his youth and how he was able to make something of himself despite his believed trajectory.  Vance also explores the reasons behind the…

A Very Punchable Face: A Memoir

A Very Punchable Face is a memoir of sorts from comedian/writer Colin Jost, the current co-anchor on Weekend Update and co-lead writer for Saturday Night Live.  Jost presents a series of essays that takes the reader through various points in his life from his early years through to his current position both behind and in…

The Body

Bill Bryson’s books are like the literary equivalent of the British panel show Qi.  Like an episode of the long-running series, his books are filled with tidbits of trivia presented in a quirky and humorous way.  While Bryson is often quite ambitious in tackling the subjects that interest him (attempting to explain the universe in…

My Life

My Life is the story of the life and career of retired Finnish hockey player Teemu Selanne. From a young age, Selanne had hinted at greatness.  His natural speed would help him excel at nearly every sport he tried.  While he enjoyed both soccer as well as track and field, his heart belonged to hockey. …

Hello I Want To Die Please Fix Me

“As much as I wind my mind back in time I’m unable to locate the start of a downward spiral.  And every well-meaning therapeutic discussion I’ve attempted to dredge childhood trauma proves futile and guilt-inducing.  I’ve never been subject to anything awful enough to warrant this mind-swallowing badness.  I have a supportive, loving family, had…