Category: Books

And the Funniest Woman (and Author) in the World is…. Chelsea Handler

chelsea handler in chelsea chelsea bang bang cover

Chelsea Chelsea Bang Bang

Chelsea Handler is quite possibly the funniest woman on the planet. After reading her books and watching her ridiculously awesome TV show for many months, it’s time for me to sing her praises. I read her first book, My Horizontal Life about two years ago. This absolutely hysterical book chronicles Chelsea’s one-night stands of years past. She’s irreverent, honest, and blunt. Three of my favorite personality traits in another woman. Last year, she released her second book, Are You There Vodka? It’s Me, Chelsea. Awesome title, incredible read. It’s a great collection of short essays/observations. I read it on a plane and literally starting crying I was laughing so hard. People stared as tears ran down my face–it’s THAT funny.

Chelsea just released her third and latest book a couple months ago: Chelsea Chelsea Bang Bang. I read that on a plane too. Same thing happened: Laughing out loud, tears running down my face, lots of looks from strangers. It’s another collection of stories from her life. While I assume she’s exaggerating in many of her recollections, you can’t help but picture these things really happening to her. It’s just amazingly funny.

In addition to her books, her daily show, Chelsea Lately is top notch comedy. The way she interviews people is just awesome. She’s blunt, calls everyone on their shit, and does it without offending anyone. There is no one else in the world I’d rather get a cocktail with then Chelsea Handler.

Buy her books. Trust me.

A Must Read: The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo

The Girl With the Dragon Tatoo

Several months ago, after seeing multiple reviews for it in EW and other publications I respect, I decided to buy and read the book, The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo. And within the first few pages, I knew it was a little different–in fact, it was spectacular.

The book centers around two main characters; a young female computer hacker and a middle-aged journalist. The writing, the dialogue, and most of all, the character compositions are outstanding. The female heroine, Lisbeth Salander, is by far the best character I’ve discovered in the past decade. So interesting, so complex.

Sadly, the author Steig Larsson died in 2004. He wrote two sequels, The Girl Who Played With Fire and The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet’s Nest, but died while writing the fourth in the series. Rumor has it he was planning on writing 10 total books featuring Lisbeth Salander.

This book, and the two sequels, truly were amazing. They were like candy (or chocolate for all you chocolate lovers) — I couldn’t wait to read them and once I picked one up, I couldn’t put it down. The third one isn’t even available in the US yet — but my friend ordered a copy on Amazon UK and let me borrow it. That’s how obsessed we were with this author, these books, and the pixie-haired heroine named Lisabeth Salander.

Trust me, it’s worth the read. And let me know what you think if you do pick it up….