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Fiction Pick

The Outsider by Stephen King

The summer of Stephen is in full swing and I'm beginning with The Outsider. A terrible, terrible crime has been committed. The detective in charge is feeling pretty good about it. And then Stephen King happens and it turns out to be a way stranger case than anyone imagined.

The most interesting thing about this book, for me anyway, is that it is under six hundred pages; a novella by SK standards. I normally do eBooks for him because my dainty wrists can't handle the weight of a hardback. But, since this one is practically a short story, I think I'll do old school, traditional book on this one.

Non-Fiction Pick

Calypso by David Sedaris

David Sedaris is back (did he ever leave?) with another darkly funny book of essays. As Sedaris spends more time at his vacation home, he realizes it's impossible to take a vacation from yourself. This collection of essays are some of his most personal yet. And, if you've read his other books, you know that's really saying something. David has always gotten pretty personal with his work. In fact, when I met him last year, I felt like I was catching up with an old friend. So much so that I almost grabbed an almond off his plate while we were talking. I really like almonds and I was nervous. So, yeah, I almost ate a famous stranger's food because I feel like I know him.

I haven't had a chance to read Calypso. I prefer David Sedaris on audio so I'm waiting for it to be my turn at the library. DID YOU KNOW YOU CAN GET EBOOKS AND AUDIOBOOKS FROM THE LIBRARY? You can. And it's saved me a ton of money.

What's JP Up To?:

He's currently going on a whirlwind book tour with Bill Clinton promoting their book, The President is Missing. They just did a signing at the Clinton Library right here in Arkansas. That's right. I could have very easily been in the same room as Jimmy Pat. But why?

So, I need a Jimmy Pat fan to explain the book shots to me. Are they just tiny, short stories for when you want to get hammered on Jimmy Pat? I get it when people like JK Rowling publish tiny companion novels between big releases. You gotta have something to keep your fans interested. But, when you publish a book *almost* every week, what's the point? I'm genuinely curious.

Our Pick Of The Week:

The Book of Essie by Meghan Maclean Weir

I chose The Book of Essie as my June Book of the Month selection. I started it on Friday and could not put it down.

Essie, a seventeen-year-old girl whose entire life has been televised, has just told her mother she is pregnant. This poses a problem because her family us ultra-conservative, very religious, and Essie has put their show and livelihood at stake. In an attempt to save the family's reputation and the shows ratings, the mother comes up with a brilliant solution. Little does she know, Essie is actually calling the shots.

I have zero interest in reality TV shows. I chose this book based solely on Troian Bellasario's recommendation and I'm so glad I did. I was hooked from the very beginning and stayed up way past my bedtime finishing it. So, read it immediately. Like, right now.

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