Friends with Books

The following is a list of friends and acquaintances with books out recently. If you’re looking for something to read, there’s bound to be something here for you – assuming you’ve already read my book. If you haven’t read my book, I’ll weep in your Fritos.

Taxi Confidential: Life

, Death and 3 a.m. Revelations in New York City Cabs by Amy Braunschweiger. Amy is a very nice girl and I see her a lot. She sits in the café part of the writing space and I can always count on chatting with her and telling her about myself and what I’ve done lately. For this book, Amy talked to cab drivers, which most of us try to avoid doing. As you’d imagine, they’ve pretty much seen the whole spectrum of humanity from Mel Brooks to murder so they have some freakish stories to share.

Searching for Whitopia: An Improbable Journey to the Heart of White America by Rich Benjamin. I see Rich a lot too. He’s always cheerful and really spends a lot of time and effort putting together his lunch. If writing doesn’t work out, he should go into catering. Rich is black and had the clever idea to go around the really white parts of the country and talk to folks. I knew NPR would eat this up, and they totally did. I’m not sure why the subtitle says the journey is “improbable” because if a black guy can be president, I’m pretty sure they’re allowed to tour Idaho as well.

Maxims of Manhood: 100 Rules Every Real Man Must Live By by Jeff Wilser. I like Jeff. He told a good story about writing an article about prostitutes once. This is the perfect book for folks who don’t read. It’s short and simple and you can leave it on the toilet and people can grab little macho gems here and there to enrich their lives. If you take the book seriously, like one Amazon reviewer, you’re probably mentally ill. It’s tongue in cheek. It’s not meant to be the gospel for dudes.

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Arguing With Idiots: How to Stop Small Minds and Big Government by Glenn Beck. I worked a bunch on this book and I’m pretty confident I added lots of comedy goodness. Not that it really matters. People who love Glenn are going to give it 5 stars whether or not they read it and people who hate Glenn are going to give it one star, definitely without reading it. Just look at the reviews on Amazon and you’ll see how amazingly polarizing he is.

Werewolf’s Guide to Life: A Manual for the Newly Bitten by Ritch Duncan and Bob Powers. Ritch just had a baby, so he’s going to need some royalty money. He runs comedy shows that I keep saying I’ll go to, and I would, but I’m usually out of town on weekends. Plus, they’re often in Brooklyn. If you live in Manhattan going to Brooklyn feels like going to Tulsa. It’s all psychological, because Brooklyn is just across the East river and easy to get to by train but no one I know wants to go there if they live in Manhattan. It’s a sad truth about Brooklyn, as anyone who’s thrown a party there knows.