Dishwasher: One Man’s Quest to Wash Dishes in All Fifty States by Pete Jordan
If you have ever worked in a restaurant, you will relate to this book. Jordan retells stories of working all over the United States washing dishes. He works everywhere from a fish cannery in Alaska to an oil rig off the coast of Louisiana and many, many restaurants in between. Jordan also brings to life the history of dishwashers, including their involvement in the union movement and famous people who have been dishwashers. ~ Pam H.
Plato and a Platypus Walk into a Bar… Understanding Philosophy Through Jokes by Thomas Cathcart and Daniel Klein
This hilarious little volume describes the works of great philosophers throughout history and illustrates their concepts with jokes. Metaphysics, logic, ethics, existentialism, relativity — whether you are new to philosophy or would like a little brush-up, you can’t help but learn from these two authors who majored in philosophy at Harvard and take their work seriously. But you may also find yourself reading the book in one sitting just to be sure you’ve absorbed all their incredibly funny jokes. ~ Ellinor J.
Fears of Your Life by Michael Bernard Loggins
This is a book about fear – small fears like “Fear of dogs (#7)” and big fears like “Fear of jumping off the Bridge way up High going down real deep Splash in the Deepest Water and take your own Life away from yourself (#138).” Michael Bernard Loggins, an adult with developmental disabilities, battles his own fears by listing them, and in doing so stumbles upon a universal truth: what we fear determines who we are. I have never read a book like this…it’s impossible, if not entirely comfortable, not to see yourself somewhere in this list. ~ Christiane W.
The Summer Staff Favorites brochure, featuring these three nonfiction titles and two dozen other books, is available at your neighborhood branch or downtown in the Fiction Department.