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This American Booklist

Are you a fan of the radio program This American Life? Try one of these collections from past and present TAL contributors.


My Misspent Youth: Essays
PS3554.A8564 M9 2001x

An eclectic and thoughtful collection of essays on everything from debt, to polygamy, to the horrors of carpet.


The Areas of My Expertise: A Compendium of Complete World Knowledge Compiled with Instructive Annotation and Arranged in Useful Order by Myself
PN6165.H64 2005

The most complete collection you will ever find of informative yet false knowledge.


Dishwasher: One Man's Quest to Wash Dishes in All Fifty States
TX910.5.J673 A3 2007x

Dishwasher Pete, the Zen master of dishwashing, chronicles his twelve year working tour of the United States.


Chuck Klosterman IV: A Decade of Curious People and Dangerous Ideas
PN4874.K574 A25 2006

Humorous and clever interviews, essays, and short stories with the likes of Britney Spears, Bono, and Val Kilmer, just to name a few.


Everybody into the Pool: True Tales
PS3562.I77 Z47 2005

In this essay collection, the loopy and off-the-wall Bay Area writer presents us with a mixed bag of nutsos: punk rockers, warehouse dwellers, drug dealers, and their ilk.


A Year in Van Nuys
F869.L86 V44 2001

Loh views Southern California through "dung-colored glasses" as she approaches her 40s.


Don't Get Too Comfortable
AC8.R217 2005

Rakoff aims his trademark sardonic wit at everyone and everything, from plastic surgeons to fashion shows.


Requiem for a Paper Bag
AM501.L67 R47 2009

What's the most interesting thing you've found on the street? It probably doesn't compare to these stories and anecdotes about people's favorite found objects.


PS3569.E314 Z469 1998x

A guffaw-filled collection of essays, including one in which Mr. Sedaris spends time at a nudist colony.


The Partly Cloudy Patriot
E178.6.V68 2002

A self-described curmudgeon and history nerd, Vowell delivers the goods with essays on all things American: voting, Rosa Parks, Thanksgiving, and Tom Cruise.