Essays

Review: Chelsea Chelsea Bang Bang – Chelsea Handler

This is a book that has been on my to be read pile for the last two years and I’m just getting around to reading it now, but better late than never, right? Right.

Chelsea Handler is one of the funniest comedians on television today, she’s able to hold her own among some other veterans in late night television, because she’s all about keeping it real and she always says exactly what’s on her mind, which makes it all that much funnier. I was first introduced to Chelsea Handler about 5 years ago when I first read the ever popular, “Are you there Vodka, it’s me Chelsea“. Now with 4 successful books under her belt, including the book I just finished titled, “Chelsea Chelsea Bang Bang” it’s as if everything she touches turns to gold.

As I mentioned earlier, this book may have taken me a long time to read, but I’m so glad I took the time to spend my Sunday afternoon with it rather than cleaning (as originally planned). There is nowhere that Chelsea won’t go, she shares private and embarrassing stories with such confidence that your shock factor begins to diminish very quickly.

Chelsea Chelsea Bang Bang” remains in the same format as her other work, a collection of essays that share the day to day life of this hilarious comedian. As a reader, you’ll hear the terms she laid out for her parents  in an effort to get the “right” cabbage patch doll. You’ll hear of hilarious vacations with friends and staff that result in rolling an intoxicated woman around on a chaise lounge. There’s even a story that involves a combination of vicodin, lean pockets and Abigail Breslin.

If you’ve ever watched Chelsea Lately and laughed out loud (which I do all the time) then you will love this hilarious collection of antics that is Chelsea Handler’s life. She’s funny, quirky and out there (to say the least). You can also pick up her newest book, “Lies that Chelsea Handler Told Me

Review: Exes and Ohs – Shallon Lester

If Carrie Bradshaw were a real person (even though many of us like to think she is a real person), this is a book she would write. In reality, the author of “Exes & Ohs” is Shallon Lester and she’s most famous for being one of the stars of MTV’s “Downtown Girls“. She’s also well-known for her comical blog which I recently discovered and will continue to read from here on out. Her work is also found in a gossip column in the New York Daily News and she’s an associate editor for FHM magazine. In fairness, I’d only heard her name a couple of times before, but I knew I was going to enjoy this book after reading these sentences in the foreword,

 

 

 

 

Unfortunately, I wish that these 17 tales of love, loss, revenge, hockey, condoms, car thieves, hookers, “Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles” and many, many men are nothing more than fantasies. Hopefully, you’ll enjoy these tales as much as my therapist has.

Who wouldn’t want to continue reading after that enticing introduction. The seventeen stories that I read made me laugh out loud and shake my head. Typically when you read essays and stories that actually happened you can relate to them, you often find yourself saying “oh I’ve been there/done that”. This will not be the case when you read Shallon Lester’s adventures of a twenty something’s life in New York City. Let me explain, one story is about how she dressed as a Ninja Turtle for Halloween and it led to her official ban from a popular dance club. There’s another story that involves an ex-boyfriend, a missing shoe, a bike and Chace Crawford and Ed Westwick from Gossip Girl. See what I mean… these are not things that happen to the typical 20-year-old, but that’s what makes this collection so unique. It’s the bizarre life of an aspiring superstar and I loved every single essay.

My favorite story of the whole collection, hands down, was the essay titled, “My Chemical (Peel) Romance” in which Shallon discusses the things we do for love, especially when it comes to celebrities. We’ve all been there, ripping 8×10 pictures out of Bop… well in Shallon’s case, she first fell for Tom Cruise, Garth Brooks, Prince William and once had a framed photo of Josh Hartnett on her nightstand. Things went into high gear when she first saw the band My Chemical Romance’s guitarist Frank Lero. She had just come out of a bad relationship and decides to make it her sole purpose in life to become emo and win the heart and affection of pasty Frank. This includes going to endless measures to look like one of the kids from Twilight. I swear that when you read this essay, you will crack up laughing!

Even though I found it hard to relate on a personal level to her stories, because of their uniqueness, each story was built on a foundation of fabulous friendships. It continuously made me want to call my friends and relive hilarious and unique situations we’ve been through over the years. Things kept jogging my memory as I read this humourous collection of essays, especially this quote; “When I moved to New York, people had all sorts of advice about staying safe. Keep your money in a waist belt, avoid the subway after sundown, don’t trust red heads - the usual.” I chuckled after reading this sentence because of the comical video I taped one night where one of my best friends, Liz catches sight of a red-headed man who knows how to bust a move… listen for my favorite sentence ever spoke from Liz’s mouth – “…because you’re a ginger, I dig it”.

After watching this clip, please be sure to pick up Shallon Lester’s new book that’s in stores now and should be read on the beach and then handed out to all your favorite friends who love a good laugh!

Mindy Kaling – An actress and now… an author!

One of the books I’m really excited to read this fall is Mindy Kaling’s, “Is Everyone Hanging out with Me? (and other concerns)”. Her name might be unfamiliar, but she’s best known for playing the comical (and ditzy) Kelly Kapoor in the show ‘The Office’. She’s not just a character on the show, she’s also a co-executive producer and writer for the show, so needless to say, she’s got a funny bone (or two).

Here is a description about the book from the publishers website:

Comedy’s fastest-rising star takes to the page in a book of essays, personal anecdotes, and impassioned pleas.

Multi-hyphenate Mindy Kaling is an Emmy-nominated writer, the actress famous for playing the beloved Kelly Kapoor on The Office, and the author of one of Twitter’s most popular and quoted feeds.  She is a keen and witty observer of life, romance, and pop culture, whom the New York Times recently called “an entirely original and of-the-moment” performer and Entertainment Weekly deemed “one of the ten funniest actresses in Hollywood.”

In Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me?, Mindy shares her observations, fears, and opinions about a wide-ranging list of the topics she thinks about the most: from her favorite types of guys (including Sherlock Holmes, NBA players, Aaron Sorkin characters, and 19th-century fictional hunks) to life in the Office writers’ room to her leisure pursuit of dieting (“I don’t travel, speak other languages, do crafts, or enjoy sports, but I love reading about new diets”) and how much she loves romantic comedies.  Loaded with personal stories and laugh-out-loud philosophies, Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me? is a must-read by one of the most original comedic voices working today

 

So when I heard she was at Book Expo America, I was extremely bummed that I wasn’t present to hear her talk about her new book. However, thanks to the fabulous Book Expo Content website, they shared a clip from her speech and I wanted to share it with all of you! This book will be in stores on November 1, 2011.

http://blip.tv/play/hNRxgr3fdgI.html