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Adulting: How to Become a Grown-Up in 468 Easy(ish) Steps by Kelly Williams Brown
Adulting: How to Become a Grown-Up in 468 Easy(ish) Steps

Cyrus OBrien, May 25, 2013

What an interesting and necessary book! "Adulting" gives advice in steps, and is frank; it doesn't talk down to the reader or try and be 'with it'. It starts off with a bang- "Step One: You are not a special snowflake". The world doesn't care about your good grades in high school, and here's how to deal with that without having a quarter century crisis a few years too early. I love that it doesn't baby the reader. The world is scary, but it will be okay.

"Adulting" covers everything you'd think is obvious, but really isn't. From what to look for before signing the lease on an apartment, to how to use social networking (the face to face kind, not twitter) to your advantage when trying to land a job, how to fix a basic toilet issue to how to build an adult relationship with your mom and dad, this book should be standard issue for seventeen year olds. It's geared toward women first living on their own, or fresh out of college, it has valuable information for everyone, regardless gender. It doesn't mention college at all- this is for the real world.

I wish it had been around when I was first starting out (I'm 24 and have been on my own for a long time , but the things in the book still come up constantly). A great book for graduation... high school or otherwise.
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Bossypants by Tina Fey
Bossypants

Cyrus OBrien, November 13, 2012

Proving that Liz Lemon is merely a skewed version of herself, Tina had me laughing literally out loud at her tales of working the front desk at a YMCA, her stint in the traveling company of Second City, and how the gross-out writer room events from 30 Rock episode "Sun Tea" were 100% real. I have read and re-read Bossypants several times, each time enjoying it as if it were the first time I picked it up. Woefully embarrassing teenage years did her well!
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The Sisters Brothers by Patrick deWitt
The Sisters Brothers

Cyrus OBrien, November 13, 2012

Darkly funny, with a sweetly charming narrator who happens to be half of a villainous pair of murderers for hire. There is violence and 19th century sex workers, but as the story takes place in the Wild West-era Oregon and California, so it's not out of place at all. It's not a difficult read, but I zoomed through it so quickly, it left me wishing there was a follow up!
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