Saturday, October 22, 2016

Time to be grateful for female strength and wit...

It's the season of turkey, stuffing, pumpkin pie and stress. Why do we let these supposed happiest times of the year become our most dreaded human interactions? Whether you look forward to the holidays with joyous abandon or a bottle of scotch and dread in your heart, we could all use some things and those things would be gratitude and humor. Those two things will get you through a hell of a lot kids, a HELL of a lot.

If we can see the humor in even the roughest times, if we can remember to be grateful for even the smallest of graces, than you are ahead of the game my dears, you are ahead by MILES. So I thought I'd share with you a new book I read and fell in love with, by a woman I admire and love the work of so deeply, I can only hope you find the joy in her words the way I have. She is a goddamn gift, and she embodies the gratitude and humor thing like nobody's business. You're going to love her. GGBC, I present our November book for 2016:

From Amazon:
In the span of four months in 2012, Tig Notaro was hospitalized for a debilitating intestinal disease called C. diff, her mother unexpectedly died, she went through a breakup, and then she was diagnosed with bilateral breast cancer. Hit with this devastating barrage, Tig took her grief onstage. Days after receiving her cancer diagnosis, she broke new comedic ground, opening an unvarnished set with the words: “Good evening. Hello. I have cancer. How are you? Hi, how are you? Is everybody having a good time? I have cancer.” The set went viral instantly and was ultimately released as Tig’s sophomore album, Live, which sold one hundred thousand units in just six weeks and was later nominated for a Grammy.
Now, the wildly popular star takes stock of that no good, very bad year—a difficult yet astonishing period in which tragedy turned into absurdity and despair transformed into joy. An inspired combination of the deadpan silliness of her comedy and the open-hearted vulnerability that has emerged in the wake of that dire time, I’m Just a Person is a moving and often hilarious look at this very brave, very funny woman’s journey into the darkness and her thrilling return from it.

This is the book that will make you laugh out loud, will make you feel a whole lot of the feels, and appreciate the pain and love it took to write this book. I promise, you will leave Tig's writing feeling lighter, stronger and being grateful to have spent time in the pages of this woman's mind.

I hope that Thanksgiving is good to you my sweet Geeks, I am sure as hell grateful for each and every one of you. And I hope you'll be joining me for this read starting November 1st. We'll discuss starting the last Saturday of the month, and I hope I see you here, or on Goodreads, Twitter or Facebook. All the links are on the side of this blog. So I'll meet you in November, I'll be the one with the scotch, and a grateful heart.