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Bobcat and Other Stories
Rebecca Lee
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The Great Cat Massacre: And Other Episodes in French Cultural History
Robert Darnton
Duncan the Wonder Dog
Adam Hines
Born Standing Up: A Comic's Life - Steve Martin Steven Martin's a smart cookie and thoughtful so I expected this book to a bit more than it was. Still I loved listening to it (he narrates), and appreciated that his focus was not on the personal (although that enters a bit) as much as on his development of his comedy routine. He talks about his comedic life post his first album and SNL, but a full 3/4s or more is devoted to his life pre-fame and you get a real sense of how he worked through his comedic kinks. He is also very respectful of those people who helped him and supported him over the years. I don't think there's a nasty word about anyone except his father, and even that is mediated by his admission that he contributed to ensuring that the two of them would have a difficult relationship.