This little bit of bedtime foolery feels a little incomplete, but it should strike a chord—and it’s far wittier than the similarly themed Go the Fuck to Sleep.
As in the previous volumes, construction vocabulary and geological terms are emphasized in the rhyming text...Bold, computer-generated illustrations are filled with trucks, machinery, dogs in motion...Big trucks, jovial dogs and snappy rhyming text serve again as the building blocks of another successful entry in this solidly built series.
Think of it as the Badly Tuned Lyre of Orpheus, or the Myth of the Off-Key Sirens: Bad Singer is an essential tale about how human beings, even those of us with tin ears, can’t help but be drawn to music.
In 36 days, he meets an extraordinary succession of other poputchiki, and shares lorry cabins, dire rooms and frozen water buckets with them. The narrative is fuelled by diesel, vodka and tears; Hugo-Bader avoids sentimentality, and has a talent for unearthing grubby human stories and extracting gold from them.
Part of the expansion of the Basher series into topics other than science, this concise guide breaks down stories and storytelling, illustrated by Basher’s recognizable brand of cute, animesque cartoon iconography.
The thickly bound format is ideally read in bed. This is just the kind of book to shut out the world with a sense of Scandinavian comfort.
"The book’s explicitness regarding behind-closed-doors behaviors clearly marks this as a read geared most to open-minded young men. They will find a wealth of solid advice that is variously sophisticated, amusing and entertaining."
There is no doubt that Pasternak Slater’s analysis of his oeuvre is a superb piece of work. It should become a classic, enduring study.
More than a mere guidebook, this is Bianculli's bible of TV — a wise, engaging celebration of a type of entertainment that's as much of an art form as it is a pastime.
In this memoir of transformation, he writes evocatively of the power of these overlooked spaces, his poetic prose turning them into sites of mystery and rebirth.
Miller’s book is a lively and accessible blend of pop culture and science in which a Dire Straits encore explains the Drake Equation, the platypus introduces evolution...Pop science readers will have fun with this energetic look at the hunt for alien life.
...for all of Marias' gorgeous, looping, carefully structured sentences — and for all of his tales of sex and death and revolution — what Thus Bad Begins could've really used was a little bit of the bravado and rawness of youth.
“When Churchill Slaughtered Sheep and Stalin Robbed a Bank” is filled with fascinating tales from the annals of history. If you have even a passing interest in the past, Milton’s work here will prove a worthwhile read.
...it's not clear why Towers would make himself sound unnecessarily snooty with the price tag, but it's one of the several details that makes Table Manners not particularly inclusive.
...there's enough research here to entertain a Victorian newcomer; for readers looking for a primer on their more baffling habits, this could be a good place to start...
...each story feels a bit short and glossed over on the way to a guaranteed happy ending for the Gaines family. Regardless, "Fixer Upper" fans will be happy with what they find, leaving Chip and Joanna plenty left to reveal as their Magnolia story continues.
The playful visuals and Meehan’s off-the-cuff text offer near-constant reminders that vegetables are wildly versatile, and cooking them ought to be fun.
McKnight gives an exemplary history of hockey itself and adds excellent chapters on related subjects such as how changes in hockey arenas have affected how the sport is broadcast, and appends a survey of significant announcers from the past whose influence lives on today.
The book is a courageous and important work. It was devoured in one devoted sitting and well worth the investment of time, emotion and the humble resignation that even with small, great steps, we still have a long way to go.
...dismissing everything as absurd is not, as Paxman seems to believe, a prophylactic against pomposity but rather a demonstration of it. This is a shame because when he relaxes, he writes well and entertainingly.