Thursday, March 19, 2009

Rave of the Day: "Three Weeks With My Brother"

"Three Weeks With My Brother" 
by Nicholas & Micah Sparks

This is one of my all-time favorite books.  I don't want to get too detailed in my rave, (you do like to be surprised when you're reading, right?!) but here's my general reflections.

This journey hits some of the most amazing places in the world, and Nicholas and Micah's "very real" descriptions are better than anything you will find in a history book or travel guide. Non-fiction at it's finest.

Nicholas & Micah Sparks are great storytellers, and their touching memoir made me laugh out loud AND grab for the Kleenexes...NUMEROUS TIMES.  They masterfully tied the tales of their childhood and adulthood into their trip around the world, and take you full-circle on their journey.  You begin to realize this isn't just a story about their travels; this is really about the journey of their lives. (Um, did you really expect anything less from the author of "The Notebook?")

Please, if you haven't already, get a copy and escape for a few hours. Perfect for a long flight, makes a great beach read, and I've heard the audio version is A M A Z I N G.  

Saturday, March 14, 2009

Rave of the Day: Car Talk with Click & Clack

Car Talk with Click & Clack 
The Tappet Brothers on NPR

I love talk radio, especially when it's informative AND funny.  Car Talk is the epitome of this, and I always look forward to their weekly podcast on iTunes.  (Thanks Dad for making me listen to this with you!  I was hesitant because I have no interest in cars, but YOU WERE RIGHT and the show is soooo funny.)

The hosts are two insanely hilarious brothers, Tom and Ray Magliozzi, aka Click and Clack.  They come complete with Boston accents, and callers try to stump them with various car problems, which they are usually able to diagnose.  Sounds boring, but trust me, it's not with these two!  No problem is too silly, and no solution is too outrageous.  These two poke fun at each other, themselves, and their callers, and it's all in good fun.

Click and Clack are even featured on Wikipedia (although, is that really any major feat?!) and the article gives a great overview of the show's features.  So go check it out if you want to find out more.  

Tune in, and you will learn about car repair, mechanic rip-off schemes, and the "names" of the Car Talk Staff, like the Snowboard Instructor, Soren Dekeester.  (Hee hee!)

Waste an hour with them today!