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Carsick: John Waters Hitchhikes Across America

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Carsick: John Waters Hitchhikes Across America

“I’m Not Psycho” says the sign John Waters holds to hitchhike cross-country. The sixty-six year old cult film director once referred to as the “Pope of Trash” is unsure if anyone will pick up the odd looking man with the pencil mustache. In two fictional tales, Waters imagines the best and worst case travel scenarios, vignettes as hilarious and twisted as his movies. In real life, Waters is genuinely surprised and touched by the more normal, but no less interesting drivers he encounters on the road. Even Waters couldn’t predict that he would become great friends with a twenty-year old young Republican he nicknames the “Corvette Kid.” A surprising portrait of both the author and America, Carsick is an engaging travel memoir.

Reviewed by Bobbie M., Independence Regional

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The Who, the What, and the When: 65 Artists Illustrate the Secret Sidekicks of History

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The Who, the What, and the When: 65 Artists Illustrate the Secret Sidekicks of History

These are the stories of the pedestal, rather than the statue; the people who encouraged, financed, inspired and promoted the historic figures that children study in classrooms. Most of these subjects could inspire a fascinating full-length biography of their own (and a few have), but here they are granted no more than a single page and an artistic depiction of how their small part had a major impact. This is also a book for art lovers and those who love the art of the book, as the heavyweight paper stock and the clean design are a pleasure to peruse. The end result is that this book illustrates that small contributions create great achievements.

Reviewed by Sarah K., Morrison Regional

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The 10 Laws of Enduring Success

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The 10 Laws of Enduring Success

Host and co-anchor of CNBC’s Closing Bell with Maria Bartiromo discusses The 10 Laws of Enduring Success in a depressed and ever-changing economy. Breaking down the 10 rules she has determined to be the most important for people today, she discusses how we can reach higher levels of happiness through non-financial success by simply using the attributes and passions we already possess and thinking outside the box to ultimately be successful in life. Drawing from her own experiences and interviews with well-respected world leaders and popular celebrities such as Condoleezza Rice, Oprah, Bill Gates and Goldie Hawn, Bartiromo’s book is an inspiring and uplifting read for those who think financial success is the only way to be happy in a competitive, consumerist America.

Reviewed by Alex O., Main Library

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Rude Bitches Make Me Tired:Slightly Profane and Entirely Logical Answers to Modern Etiquette Dilemmas

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Rude Bitches Make Me Tired:Slightly Profane and Entirely Logical Answers to Modern Etiquette Dilemmas

Celia Rivenbark has delivered one of the funniest books about etiquette. She will tell you how to deal with those situations that happen in the real world. Some examples include: what is the best way to split a check at a restaurant, how to behave on a plane, gym etiquette, how to deal with moms at a playground (or school) and how to handle your teenager. Some of my personal favorite pieces of wisdom include: never send a condolence email, do not smile for your mugshot, never buy cheap ice cream, read whatever you want and watch more TV. With advice like this the world will be a better place, how can it not be after spending so much time laughing.

Reviewed by Angela A., Cornelius Branch

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Rebel Souls: Walt Whitman and America's First Bohemians

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Rebel Souls: Walt Whitman and America's First Bohemians

Before hipsters and reality TV stars, before Marilyn and Janis and Jimmy, before the Beatniks, even before the Pretty Young Things and the Algonquin Round Table, there were the Bohemians, comprised of the artistic geniuses and trailblazers who imbibed at Pfaff’s Saloon in 1850s Manhattan. While this book leverages Walt Whitman’s fame and success as a narrative thread, the members of this singularly New York artistic movement share the limelight for better or worse. Most of the names didn’t live to see the other side of 40, but each lived large enough to fill their own biographies. A touching and tragic tale of personalities that burned too brightly to be sustained, and the individuals who survived.

Reviewed by Sarah K., Morrison Regional

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