This is our third week of highlighting this year’s releases for HOPress, Shorehouse Books and Corner Office Books for the holiday season. Up this week: Need One!: A Lunatic’s Attempt to Attend 365 Games in 365 Days and Just Another Day in Your Local Public Library
Book Description: Got a sports bucket list? His parents told him he was crazy. His friends said he’d never do it.
#HoldMyBeer In September 2013, Jamie Reidy set out to complete Sports Year, his Hail Mary attempt at a return to literary success while also recusing himself from self-inflicted midlife and debt crisis.
With very little planning and even less funding, the itinerary called for Reidy to hit a sports event every day, ranging from the Super Bowl down to a six-year-old girls’ basketball game. (FYI: the refs don’t call traveling.) Along the way, he’d visit all the iconic venues like Lambeau,, Fenway, Rupp, et al.
He saw a Heisman Trophy winner play… hoops … in a men’s rec league. Jamie tailgated with strangers at The Grove, The World’s Largest Outdoor Cocktail Party, and Army-Navy. He discovered his favorite new sport: women’s indoor volleyball. He also witnessed sports that didn’t really qualify as such: inner-tube water polo and Cleveland Browns Football.
Not to go to all Tom Rinaldi on you, but it “got a little dusty” at times. Reidy watched in awe as wheelchair bowlers and amputee softball players transcended any so-called limitations. He also brought wounded veterans to games on their sports Bucket Lists, giving him much needed perspective on what constitutes actual “problems.”
So, Jamie actually made it the entire year?! Yeah, no. He fell shorter than a Shaq free throw.
But, but for five magical months, the author was a daily spectator of the human condition, and the result – Need One! – is a hilarious and heartfelt road-trip memoir. Reidy learned that while scoreboards don’t allow for moral victories, life sure does.
Author Bio: Jamie Reidy is a University of Notre Dame graduate and a U.S. Army veteran. His first book Hard Sell: The Evolution of a Viagra Salesman served as the basis for the feature film Love and Other Drugs, starring Jake Gyllenhaal as “Jamie.” Real-life Jamie really likes typing that sentence. He has published two other books, but nobody wanted to turn them into movies.
book description: Library humorist Roz Warren, author of the popular Our Bodies, Our Shelves: A Collection of Library Humor, is back with a new book about the joys and challenges of library life, Just Another Day at Your Local Library: An Insider’s Tales of Library Life. Roz, whose work has appeared everywhere from The Funny Times to The New York Times, will make you smile, laugh out loud and maybe even groan with disbelief as she shares her real-life stories about what goes on behind the scenes at your local public library.
What really happens behind the circulation desk? And in the stacks? And what does your favorite librarian REALLY think of you? Roz, who has been featured on both Morning Edition and The Today Show, tells all! What’s the nuttiest excuse ever given for returning a book late? The most shocking sight captured by a library security camera? The funniest location a misplaced DVD has been found? What simple thing can you do to make a librarian’s day? In twenty-six entertaining essays, you’ll meet librarians looking for love, coping with challenging patrons, dreaming impossible dreams, finding amazing surprises in the book drop and saving lives. The most closely guarded library secrets will be revealed. You’ll never look at your local public library the same away again!
Author Bio: Roz Warren works at the Bala Cynwyd Library in suburban Philadelphia. She also writes, often about library work, for The New York Times, The Funny Times, The Philadelphia Inquirer, The Christian Science Monitor, The Jewish Forward, Reader’s Digest, Purple Clover, Zestnow, and The Huffington Post. Roz has appeared on both The Today Show and Morning Edition. She’s the author of Our Bodies, Our Shelves: A Collection of Library Humor and the editor of the ground-breaking Women’s Glib women’s humor collections, including titles like The Best Contemporary Women’s Humor, Men Are From Detroit, Women Are From Paris and When Cats Talk Back. She is also the curator of the “Library Laughs” Facebook page. Just Another Day At Your Local Public Library is her fourteenth humor book. You can read more of Roz Warren’s work at www.rosalindwarren.com, connect with her on Facebook at www.facebook.com/writerrozwarren, email her at firstname.lastname@example.org or follow her on Twitter at @WriterRozWarren.