P.S. For those of you who haven’t been affected by Sandy, I’m told you can still read even if your power is working.
Don’t Put Me In, Coach: My Incredible Journey from the End of the Bench to the End of the Bench by Mark Titus
Mark Titus gives an inside look at the four years he spent riding the bench with the Ohio State basketball team. The founder of “Club Trillion,” Titus describes each year spent playing for an Ohio State team who had seven NBA players go through the program during his time there, including his best friend and eventual #1 draft pick Greg Oden. Regardless of how “embedded” reporters say they are nowadays, no journalist could even come as close to a program as Titus did in his four years spent with the Buckeyes.
This is a book by Demetri Martin
In my opinion, comedy books are hit and miss. Not every stand up comedian can put what he does so well in front of the mic on paper. Martin’s quick one-liners and odd anecdotes translate perfectly to print. Throw in a couple of drawings, and this best used next to the toilet to flick through next time you’re dropping the kids off at the pool.
The One-Week Job Project by Sean Aiken
This is the perfect book for any recent graduate. Unsure of what to do after college, Aiken decides to work a different job every week for a year. This is a ridiculously cool concept that should be required for every graduate so they can better understand what they would like to do with themselves. Aiken does everything from yoga instructor to professional sports team mascot. I’m usually against anything that entails “finding yourself” but this isn’t so bad.
Men, Women & Children by Chad Kultgen
The newest installment from one of my favorite authors, Men, Women & Children is a story about middle schoolers, their parents, the relationships they have and how in the end they aren’t that much different. Kultgen is a master at writing about how people actually think. If you haven’t already, be sure to check out his other two novels, The Average American Male and The Lie. Any time a book opens with, “Don Truby thought about Kelly Ripa’s anus,” you know you have a winner on your hands.
I Suck at Girls by Justin Halpern
Brought to you by the guy that wrote Shit My Dad Says who then followed it up with a horrible television show based on the book, thankfully Halpern returns to print. Before deciding whether or not to propose to his girlfriend, Halpern runs through all of his previous relationships. A quick read that has some funny stories. Think Tucker Max without all the bullshit. My only complaint is his dad only makes a cameo appearance.
Not Taco Bell Material by Adam Carolla
If you are familiar with Carolla, this will read exactly like one of his daily podcasts. If you aren’t, you won’t be disappointed. Carolla chronicles his life based on each house he lived in along with his typical rants, or what he calls “Tan Gents”. Hands down the best chapter is the one dedicated to his best friend Ray who is reckless.
An Idiot Abroad by Karl Pilkington
This is Pilkington’s personal diary that he wrote while he travelled the Seven Wonders of the World as part of a TV show produced by his good friends and The Office creators Ricky Gervais and Stephen Merchant. While most people jump at the opportunity to see the Pyramids and climb Manchu Picchu, Pilkington literally complains the entire time. While it might not sound like a real page-turner, Pilkington’s insights into his new environments are hilarious.
The Best American Sports Writing 2012 by Compilation
Imagine a ton of 30 for 30s wrapped up in one little book for you and you get the idea. All the top sports stories from the past year are compiled together for great read. You’ll find stuff from ESPN.com, GQ, Deadspin and the New York Times among others. Did I mention Michael Wilbon, aka one half the best sports show on television PTI,
compiled this edition?
Imperial Bedrooms by Bret Easton Ellis
From the twisted mind that brought us American Psycho and Rules of Attraction, Ellis’ latest work is the sequel to the first novel he wrote at 21, Less Than Zero. Imperial Bedrooms is what I imagine life is like for people with a stupid amount of money and a laundry list of vices.
Columbine by Dave Cullen
Anyone over the age of 21 probably remembers watching the Columbine massacre unfold on television. Cullen’s extensive research explains exactly what happened that day, the way the media covered it over the following weeks and what pushed Eric Harris and Dylan Klebold to such extreme ends. It might not be the most uplifting book, but it is an eye-opening read.