#BookBingoNW2018: Memoir or biography — deep thoughts from funny people

If you’re looking for a lighter summer read but still want some substance,
check out these memoirs by comedians.

Lately I’ve been feeling a little too world-weary for anything heavy but a little too… existentially keyed up? for pure escapism. Luckily, the library has a great collection of memoirs that weave in issues of family dynamics, race, and gender along with the funny. Here’s a selection of thoughtful, clever, emotional, and yes, occasionally funny memoirs that have been giving me life. Add one of these recommendations to your bingo card, or add your own memoir recommendation in the comments.

Paddle Your Own Canoe by Nick Offerman
Nick Offerman is more than just his Ron character from Parks and Recreation, and he proves it in this delightful look back at a pretty decent childhood. Come for the nuanced discussion of manliness and stay for the compassionate analysis of the aspects of his childhood church experience that he appreciated (mainly the people) and the aspects that he has rejected (mainly treating the Bible as literal fact). Offerman even credits his signature deadpan style to the church, honed while attempting to make his cousins laugh without getting caught “monkeying around”. Most importantly, the audio book is read by the author himself, so you can experience the delight of his dry delivery first hand. Continue reading “#BookBingoNW2018: Memoir or biography — deep thoughts from funny people”

Earth Day: How about no trash in Seattle?

It’s Earth Day again! Break out the recycled-paper banners and … well, what does one do to honor Earth Day?

This year I would like to highlight the work of one Seattle-based website that’s doing its part towards sustainability by offering an event called No Trash Week. The goal of this event is not to eliminate garbage entirely but to become mindful of what areas of your life generate waste and make changes that are reasonable for you. Participants are asked to, “Think about what you eat, how you commute, how you move things from place to place, how you share information and take notes…”

From April 20 to 26 you can post your daily trash tally on the No Trash Week website and share useful feedback and support with other participants. I am looking forward to discovering more sustainable ways to interact with the Library over the next week, both as an employee and as a patron!

Have you thought of ways to make your library experience “greener”? Or perhaps you have your own Earth Day traditions? Please share your thoughts with us. Then take a moment to peek at No Trash Week where I’ll be posting about my progress throughout the event.