A Funny Christmas Book For The Inclusive Adult: Schmuck the [Woke] Buck

Sigh, I always knew that this would happen to me. I positioned myself and my brand to be a little satirical, slightly offensive, brutally honest, outright ridiculous, and expecting nothing remotely ordinary. I dreamed of The Uncorked Librarian being a little mean girl New England sassy meets southern hospitality with some whiskey and unpredictable hurricane attitude. No one has tested my wine-filled waters like the daring EXO books with their funny Christmas book. And yes, P.S. My keyword is ‘funny Christmas book;’ please cut me a break. You try making ‘Jewish reindeer’ searchable. Maybe this tale will do just that. Before We Get Started When asked to review what I thought would be a children’s picture book about a Jewish reindeer—an adaptation of Rudolph—I honestly thought: Schmuck the Buck, OH FUCK. There is a lot that can go wrong with a rhyming picture book taking a shot at inclusiveness. Not…

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Two Brand New Picture Books About Mental Health

Did you ever wake up to a bad day? Your snooze alarm screams that you are late, and you can’t figure out what to wear. Your food is bland and everyone around you is grumpy. It’s raining, school is boring, and it feels like the world is just closing in on you. How do you beat the funk? Or imagine waking up content in your bed every day, never wanting to leave. Safe and warm, you love your humble abode filled with good books and solitary activities. Although your friends have great parties and ice-skating adventures planned, you might catch the flu. Your hot chocolate might be too hot. These anxiety-prevalent and down and out scenarios greet readers in two new picture books about mental health, Rosie’s Glasses and Hector’s Favorite Place. Both titles address mental health and how to overcome scary and sad obstacles through courage and by approaching…

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4 Ridiculously Amazing Indie Books You Might Have Missed This Year

One of my favorite aspects of book blogging is shedding light on new and more invisible authors. While professional reviewing databases like NetGalley offer advanced reading copies for bestselling authors like Jodi Picoult, many of the indie authors are left in the dark. Although I am admittedly sometimes hesitant to review a self-published or indie title—I have had some real doozies—indie books have been by far some of my all-time favorite reads. From a romance bringing awareness about Alzheimer’s disease to philosophical science fiction thrillers and books for art history buffs, these are my four favorite indie books of 2018: 4 Indie Books and Authors You Might Have Missed This Year A Long Goodbye by Anthony Le Moignan Imagine receiving a solicited book in the mail covered in custom stamps with a personalized note. Across the pond in the UK, Anthony and his publicist sent A Long Goodbye with dreams…

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Get Social On…Pinterest?! What Are Pinterest Communities?

Oh f*ck!!!!! Just when I thought that I was slowly getting a handle on all of my social media accounts, Pinterest had to go and throw Pinterest Communities into the fire. It’s not like I don’t have to tweet my latest instagram complaint, instagram hugging contemporary art in Ohio, pin my latest blog posts, schedule all my social media, check in with my Facebook business page friends and family…oops, I mean followers, network on Google Plus, and gosh whatever else I have forgotten. Oh yea, and troll and police my Pinterest group boards, beg and plead in Pinterest tribes, and now say what?! Join, engage, and create Pinterest Communities?! Where did this feature come from, and why should we all get on board? Quite frankly, I just want to jump ship into a giant ocean of wine. But here I am, not only blogging about Pinterest Communities, but I also…

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Huggable Art: Cincinnati Contemporary Arts Center

Imagine a museum where you can hug the art, seesaw in a trailer, play “Mary Had A Little Lamb” with some neon cubes, and chill on a bench next to shark girl all the while learning more about art and humanity.  No matter where we travel to, I love cities with a strong museum culture, especially one where visitors can play. Even better: this museum isn’t a science center but instead all about the contemporary arts. While modern art tends to get some crap, this institution is more than fancy canvas splatters and abstract sculptures that all look like penises—which I equally love. The Cincinnati Contemporary Arts Center in Ohio is filled with interactive and engaging exhibits and is worth a visit if you are looking for fun educational opportunities within the city.  Did I mention that the museum is free? Cincinnati Contemporary Arts Center Park In A Nearby Garage…

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Neons Signs Are Not Just For Adult Playtime: The American Sign Museum

I live near Tampa, Florida so when I think of neon signs, I know the strip clubs are near.   And just like the Red Light District in Amsterdam, that glowing red speaks of the forbidden and sensual. Do I even need to mention Vegas?     Like a bug to the light or The Uncorked Librarian to breweries, I can never keep my curious eyes away from the windows and street corners. While these almost blinding rainbow lights have grown to represent a different side of history and culture—lets call it adult playtime—those brightly lit tubes own a prominent spot on the American history timeline. In the ultimate visual ode to antiquity, these signs demonstrate a progression of sign making, materials available, innovation, and advertising. PR relations back in the day appear pretty badass to me. Who knew that so much history existed in sign making? The American Sign Museum…

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