Bambi Evans: The Most Interesting Books Of 2004

Wednesday, February 9, 2005 - by Bambi Evans

(Part of a series on The Most Interesting Books of 2004)

HUMOR

“America (The Book).” By Jon Stewart and the Writers of The Daily Show. Warner Books. $24.95. From the fake news show comes a fake textbook, and like the show, it’s smarter and closer to the truth than the real thing. Banned in many places for the nude Supreme Court Justices, it still stays on the best seller lists.

“May Contain Nuts - A Very Loose Canon of American Humor.” Edited by Michael J. Rosen. Perennial. $15.95. Over 60 humorists contribute their best. Roy Blount Jr. gives travel tips in “See the World but Stay Southern.” Brian Frazer predicts the future in “The Cola Wars: The Next 50 Years.” Joe Bob Briggs defends his actions after an Earnhardt eulogy in “Forever Dale.”

“When Will Jesus Bring the Pork Chops?” By George Carlin. Hyperion. $23.95. Carlin’s third book is mercilessly funny. The older he gets, the braver he gets, because he is not afraid to skewer everybody and everything. The gems: his ode to marketing and buzzwords called “Modern Man,” and his cleanly logical reduction of the Ten Commandments in “Two Commandments.” NOT for the sensitive or the politically correct.

“No Shirt. No Shoes....No Problem!” By Jeff Foxworthy. Hyperion. $12.95. You don’t have to be a redneck to appreciate Foxworthy’s brand of humor. Even though he is making fun of his own culture, the stereotypes are universal: family quirks, loony in-laws, dating insecurities and raising kids. His stories will bust-a-gut but somehow it’s not mean spirited. The account of romancing his future wife is particularly touching. Ideal reading in a doctor’s office waiting room.

“The Homer Book” and “The Bart Book.” By Matt Groening. Perennial Currents. $9.95 each. Two books in The Simpsons Library of Wisdom. Explore your inner Homer (yes, we all have one) with his “Things To Do List” or “A Typical Day In The Life.” Examine “What’s On Bart’s Mind?” Check out his “Secret Codes for the Classroom.” You can read them once and come back a month later and it’s twice as funny.


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TDOT Halts Highway Construction For Christmas Holiday

4-H Healthy Habits Day Camp

Street Closings Announced For Special Events


The Tennessee Department of Transportation is once again halting all lane closure activity on interstates and state highways in anticipation of higher traffic volumes across the state. No temporary ... (click for more)

Hamilton County 4-H Healthy Habits Day Camp will be held at the Extension office on Jan. 2, 3, and 4, from 9 a.m.-noon each day. The camp is open to county youth in 4th – 8th grades and cost ... (click for more)

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Happenings

TDOT Halts Highway Construction For Christmas Holiday

The Tennessee Department of Transportation is once again halting all lane closure activity on interstates and state highways in anticipation of higher traffic volumes across the state. No temporary lane closures will be allowed for construction on Tennessee roadways beginning at noon on Friday until 6 a.m. on Wednesday, Jan. 2, 2019. “With over two million drivers expected ... (click for more)

4-H Healthy Habits Day Camp

Hamilton County 4-H Healthy Habits Day Camp will be held at the Extension office on Jan. 2, 3, and 4, from 9 a.m.-noon each day. The camp is open to county youth in 4th – 8th grades and cost is $10 per person. Participants will learn about food safety, nutrition lessons and make applesauce, potato pancakes, smoothies and more. Call 423-855-6113, UT/TSU Extension – Hamilton ... (click for more)

Breaking News

Police Investigating Death Of 9-Month-Old Boy Found Getting CPR At W. 37th Street Residence

A baby who was found at a residence on W. 37th Street receiving CPR was pronounced dead after being taken to a hospital, Chattanooga Police said. Police are investigating the circumstances of the death of the nine-month-old boy. Officers went to 1020 W. 37th at 11:35 a.m. on Sunday. They found a baby receiving CPR. Hamilton County EMS responded and transported the baby ... (click for more)

Michael Joyner Shot And Killed In Decatur On Saturday

A man was shot and killed in Decatur in Meigs County on Saturday. Deputies found Michael Joyner dead with a gunshot wound after responding to 290 Warren Lane. The case is being treated as a homicide. The TBI is assisting in the investigation. Anyone with information is asked to call the Meigs County Sheriff's Office at 423-334-5268 or the TBI at 1-800-TBI. (click for more)

Opinion

An Open Letter Concerning The Proposed Ooltewah Waste Treatment Facility

The Hamilton County Water and Wastewater Treatment Authority and County Commissioner Tim Boyd want to build a sewage treatment plant in my backyard. I bought my house in Ooltewah in 1994, raised my children here and worked hard to pay it off. My home has been my small piece of the American Dream. Now, the WWTA and Commissioner Boyd want to reward my hard work by taking away about ... (click for more)

Roy Exum: Let The Games Begin

It makes no difference if you are in the “Second Grade Sunday School Class” or must use a walker to take your place in “The God’s Waiting Room Sunday School Class for Seniors.” We all know Christmas fun begins in earnest today. Christmas is not until a week from this Tuesday, but if you play it right, you can have just as much fun this week as next. Today I am going to present ... (click for more)