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Quarter-Life Crisis

Quarter-Life Crisis: A Walk in the Woods

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Monday, November 8, 2010 - 6:30pm to 7:30pm
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Bill Bryson
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A Walk in the Woods: Rediscovering America on the Appalachian Trail

Returning to the U.S. after 20 years in England, Iowa native Bryson decided to reconnect with his mother country by hiking the length of the 2100-mile Appalachian Trail. Awed by merely the camping section of his local sporting goods store, he nevertheless plunges into the wilderness and emerges with a consistently comical account of a neophyte woodsman learning hard lessons about self-reliance. Bryson (The Lost Continent) carries himself in an irresistibly bewildered manner, accepting each new calamity with wonder and hilarity. He reviews the characters of the AT (as the trail is called), from a pack of incompetent Boy Scouts to a perpetually lost geezer named Chicken John. Most amusing is his cranky, crude and inestimable companion, Katz, a reformed substance abuser who once had single-handedly "become, in effect, Iowa's drug culture." The uneasy but always entertaining relationship between Bryson and Katz keeps their walk interesting, even during the flat stretches. Bryson completes the trail as planned, and he records the misadventure with insight and elegance. 

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Quarter-Life Crisis: I Hope They Serve Beer in Hell

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Monday, October 11, 2010 - 6:30pm to 7:30pm
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9780806532257
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Tucker Max
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I Hope They Serve Beer in Hell

Tucker Max received his B.A. from the University of Chicago, where he graduated in 1998. He attended Duke Law School on an academic scholarship, where he graduated with a J.D. in 2001 (despite the fact that he neglected to buy any of his textbooks for his final two years and spent part of one semester-while still enrolled in classes-living in Cancun). Tucker is purportedly the reason Duke dropped from 7 to 11 in the USN&WR rankings during his tenure. He currently lives in Los Angeles. Read more about Quarter-Life Crisis: I Hope They Serve Beer in Hell

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Quarter-Life Crisis: Sh*t My Dad Says

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Monday, September 13, 2010 - 6:30pm to 7:30pm
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9780061992704
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Justin Halpern
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Sh*t My Dad Says

 

After being dumped by his longtime girlfriend, twenty-eight-year-old Justin Halpern found himself living at home with his seventy-three-year-old dad. Sam Halpern, who is "like Socrates, but angrier, and with worse hair," has never minced words, and when Justin moved back home, he began to record all the ridiculous things his dad said to him:

 

More than a million people now follow Mr. Halpern's philosophical musings on Twitter, and in this book, his son weaves a brilliantly funny, touching coming-of-age memoir around the best of his quotes. An all-American story that unfolds on the Little League field, in Denny's, during excruciating family road trips, and, most frequently, in the Halperns' kitchen over bowls of Grape-Nuts, Sh*t My Dad Says is a chaotic, hilarious, true portrait of a father-son relationship from a major new comic voice. Read more about Quarter-Life Crisis: Sh*t My Dad Says

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Quarter-Life Crisis: The Year of Living Biblically: One Man's Humble Quest to Follow the Bible as Literally as Possible

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Monday, August 9, 2010 - 6:30pm to 7:30pm
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978-0743291477
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A.J. Jacobs
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The Year of Living Biblically: One Man's Humble Quest to Follow the Bible as Literally as Possible

What would it require for a person to live all the commandments of the Bible for an entire year? That is the question that animates this hilarious, quixotic, thought-provoking memoir from Jacobs (The Know-It-All). He didn't just keep the Bible's better-known moral laws (being honest, tithing to charity and trying to curb his lust), but also the obscure and unfathomable ones: not mixing wool with linen in his clothing; calling the days of the week by their ordinal numbers to avoid voicing the names of pagan gods; trying his hand at a 10-string harp; growing a ZZ Top beard; eating crickets; and paying the babysitter in cash at the end of each work day. (He considered some rules, such as killing magicians, too legally questionable to uphold.) In his attempts at living the Bible to the letter, Jacobs hits the road in highly entertaining fashion to meet other literalists, including Samaritans in Israel, snake handlers in Appalachia, Amish in Lancaster County, Pa., and biblical creationists in Kentucky. Throughout his journey, Jacobs comes across as a generous and thoughtful (and, yes, slightly neurotic) participant observer, lacing his story with absurdly funny cultural commentary as well as nuanced insights into the impossible task of biblical literalism. Read more about Quarter-Life Crisis: The Year of Living Biblically: One Man's Humble Quest to Follow the Bible as Literally as Possible

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Quarter-Life Crisis: Sex, Drugs, and Cocoa Puffs: A Low Culture Manifesto

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Monday, July 12, 2010 - 6:30pm to 7:30pm
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978-0743236010
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Chuck Klosterman
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Sex, Drugs, and Cocoa Puffs: A Low Culture Manifesto

Countless writers and artists have spoken for a generation, but no one has done it quite like Chuck Klosterman -- with an exhaustive knowledge of popular culture and a seemingly effortless ability to spin brilliant prose out of unlikely subject matter. Whether deconstructing Saved by the Bell episodes or the artistic legacy of Billy Joel, the symbolic importance of The Empire Strikes Back or the Celtics/Lakers rivalry of the 1980s, Chuck will make you think, he'll make you laugh, and he'll drive you insane -- usually all at once.

Sex, Drugs, and Cocoa Puffs is ostensibly about movies, sports, television, music, books, video games, and kittens...but, really, it's about us. All of us. As Klosterman realizes late at night, in the moment before he falls asleep, "In and of itself, nothing really matters. What matters is that nothing is ever 'in and of itself.'" Read more about Quarter-Life Crisis: Sex, Drugs, and Cocoa Puffs: A Low Culture Manifesto

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