Name Drop: The Really Good Celebrity Stories I Usually Only Tell at Happy Hour

By Ross Mathews

Name Drop: The Really Good Celebrity Stories I Usually Only Tell at Happy Hour by [Mathews, Ross]

5 out of 5 stars

Who among us doesn’t like a book that dishes up some celebrity stories and one that has recipes to boot?! Who among us doesn’t love the national treasure that is the adorable Ross Mathews?

Ross has to be hands down one of the people that I would love to meet up with at happy hour and listen to his stories. He is hilarious. His pop culture references are on point. He seems like one of the nicest people ever. He is a Seahawks fan. Go Hawks! He is everything I want in a friend and I feel we would be best friends forever.

His stories are really a lot of fun. You will find yourself just laughing at his misadventures and thinking that you would probably do the same thing. He writes kindly of all the people, even the ones that might not have been so kind to him. Looking at you, Matthew Perry.

It is just one big delightful book. I bet it would be great in audio. Thanks for making me laugh during this crazy time, Ross. Oh and yes, I cried when he wrote about his mom at the end. You have to love a mama’s boy.

Thanks to Netgalley and Atria Books for an advance copy of this wonderful book.

You’ve Been Volunteered

By Laurie Gelman

You've Been Volunteered: A Class Mom Novel by [Gelman, Laurie]

4 out of 5 stars

She’s baaaaccckk! Jen Dixon, the witty, sarcastic mom of Class Mom, is back for another year of school and the funniest newsletters ever! I only wish I had met a mom like her when my kids were in school. I would have been her best friend. Her newsletters are hilarious. The whole book is hilarious, just like the last one. Of course, she has some different issues this go-round. She has been put in charge of the fifth grade crosswalk safety group. (Wouldn’t we all say oh yay?) Max is hanging around with a kid who brings delightful little trinkets to school. Her daughters are more silent about what’s going on in their respective lives. Something is up with her parents and her husband wants to franchise the company. It all adds up to plenty of laughs and a lot of good fun.

If you are looking for total escapism,  this is the book for you. If you haven’t read the first book, Class Mom, you really need to. You are going to laugh and see yourself in a lot of it. If you cannot laugh at yourself in mother mode, you are going to lose it. I look forward to more in the series. Please Laurie Gelman?

The review is my opinion and I thank Netgalley and Henry Holt for a copy of this delightful book.

My Squirrel Days

By Ellie Kemper


My Squirrel Days by [Kemper, Ellie]

4 out of 5 stars

This book is a delight! I swear I had a big smile on my face throughout the whole thing. Much needed in these past few days.

I love Ellie Kemper. I am a big Kimmy Schmidt and Office fan and it is good to know that the woman we see on tv is just as funny and sweet as we think she is. Her stories are hilarious, whether it be her staged Christmas plays for her family (darn it Grandma) or trying out for SNL, she will have you laughing. Every mother will relate to her story about becoming a mom and how that changes you. And everyone will relate to her honesty.

This book is just pure fun and I think that is something we all need about right now. It probably would be wonderful to listen to her tell her story on audio. You might want to check that out.

Thanks to Netgalley and Scribner for a copy of this wonderful book.

The Stars In Our Eyes

By Julie Klam

The Stars in Our Eyes: The Famous, the Infamous, and Why We Care Way Too Much About Them by [Klam, Julie]

4 out of 5 stars

This book was right up my alley! Julie Klam and I are somewhat of the same cloth. We enjoy our celebrities. I may not be as fascinated by Jennifer Aniston as she is but I have always been intrigued by them. It goes back to reading my mom’s Photoplay and Silver Screen magazines when I was a child. That life just looked so glamorous. Ms. Klam goes into the differences of those old times when studios ruled what we saw, to today where everything seems to be fair game. It is an interesting look on why we are so obsessed with celebrities and how it seems now, anyone can be one. (Kadarshians, hint hint)

I loved the little intermissions after each chapter where different people gave their brushes with celebrities. Lots of fun! And the author herself is very, very funny. This was just a joy to read.

The Night the Lights Went Out

By Karen White

The Night the Lights Went Out by [White, Karen]

5 out of 5 stars

The ending was so juicy that I stayed up until 1:30 in the morning to finish it. Then, I stayed up until 2 thinking about what I would write about it.

When Merilee and her husband split up, she moves with her two children to the little town of Sweet Apple, Georgia and rents a little house from Sugar Prescott. Sugar is one of those curmudgeonly ladies who likes her time and space and keeps herself at arm’s length from most people. There is a connection between Merilee and Sugar, it’s palpable from the start. They both have their share of secrets. (And one of them was a really big surprise to me!) Merilee’s children are enrolled in a private school and she is swept up by the “Lead” mother, Heather. Heather’s very rich and not afraid to show it. (I felt so sorry for her poor husband. He was a nice guy who fell in love with the wrong woman.) Merilee is swept up in Heather’s world and that just may be the plan…

We are also treated to an unknown blogger who writes about their little town with scathing clarity and a lot of humor. This writer has got their finger on the pulse of what’s true and what’s not. And kudos to Karen White for keeping me guessing on just who the mystery blogger was. I was waffling between two people all along, thinking for sure I knew who it was.

I loved how the book took us back into Sugar’s life as she slowly unfolded her story to Merilee. I think it is always a good thing when we can see what made a person be who they are in the present. I was just as invested in the past as I was in what was happening now. I also loved the slow moving friendship between Merilee and Wade. It didn’t move to fast which I think would have been a disservice to Merilee finding herself. I also loved that Merilee finally had that motherly support that she craved all her life. Her mother was a piece of work.

You can never go wrong with a book by Karen White. I love how she serves up the South in such a delicious way. I have never been there  but always have been fascinated by it and in the blog, we are treated to little tidbits of “Southernisms”. Treat yourselves to this book. You will not be disappointed.

I happily  received a copy of this book from Netgalley and Berkley Publishing in exchange for an honest review.


Kathy Griffin’s Celebrity Run-Ins

By Kathy Griffin

Kathy Griffin's Celebrity Run-Ins: My A-Z Index by [Griffin, Kathy]

5 out of 5 stars

I think there are probably two categories when it comes to Kathy Griffin; you either love her or hate her. Some people can’t take her caustic wit but I crack up every time I see her act. This book had me laughing quite a bit. Let her tell you how she feels about Demi “Debbie” Lovato or Ashton Kutcher. She doesn’t mince words. Let her tell you about Joan Rivers and you will laugh and be touched all in the same story. (Who knew she was so close to “Chuck” and Camella.) Let her tell you about Harry Styles and “Candle” Jenner with a little help from Tom Hanks. I also love that she is a fan girl just like us. She especially geeks out over fellow comedians. Love that!

I do have to say that my very favorite thing about Kathy is her love for her mother Maggie. (And who of us doesn’t love Maggie?) I love that she is happy when others love her mother just as much. If you haven’t read Official Book Club Selection, her last book, you really should. It is truly a beautiful love story for her parents.

In these strange times of discord in this country, it was nice to sit and just laugh. Very enjoyable read.

Live Fast Die Hot

By Jenny Mollen

4 out of 5 stars

What fun! Jenny Mollen is hilarious! There were so many times I had to go back and re-read a line because it was so comedically (not sure if that’s a word but it should be) well-written. Why isn’t she writing some kind of sitcom for Netflix or Hulu? I would be watching. The stories range from having her son Sid (as we patiently wait for my grandson to come, the birth story cracked me up!) to her travels to see where her rug was made to her relationship with her mom or Moc as she calls her. There is no way you can not laugh. Sometimes you go beyond the laughter  and see the truths behind her words. She obviously adores her husband (Jason Biggs, for those that don’t know) and son. She wants to be everything to them without realizing she already is. And I love that there are those moments in this book where you do see beyond the humor. If you are looking for something to make you feel good and not want to put down, this is the book for you. Now I need to grab her first book.

I received a copy of this book from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.