Book Talks: Yes, My Accent is Real and The Bazaar of Bad Dreams

yes my accent is realYes, My Accent Is Real by Kunal Nayyar

Kunal Nayyar, who plays the loveable, sincere yet incurably dorky character Raj in The Big Bang Theory recently released Yes, My Accent is Real: and some other things I haven’t told you, a memoir of hilarious and inspiring essays.  Kunal traces his journey  – from a little boy in New Delhi who mistakes an awkward first kiss for a sacred commitment, gets nosebleeds chugging Coca-Cola to impress other students, and excels in the sport of badminton – to a confident successful actor. Going behind the scenes of The Big Bang Theory and into his personal experiences, Kunal introduces readers to the people who helped him grow. He walks us through his college years in Portland where he takes his first sips of alcohol and learns to let loose with his roommate, describes his job for the university’s housekeeping department cleaning toilets for minimum wage,  his professional struggles in acting and his series of romantic exploits that go just about as well as they would for Raj.  The audiobook, which this listener enjoyed immensely, is fittingly narrated by Kunal in his lilting Indian accent. Yes, My Accent is Real can be requested in regular print or audiobook through the Haliburton County Public Library.

the bazaar of bad dreamsThe Bazaar of Bad Dreams by Stephen King

Master storyteller Stephen King gathers this collection of short stories published far and wide, from the New Yorker to Playboy, along with a few new tales in The Bazaar of Bad Dreams. From the man in “Afterlife” who is cursed to relive his life again and again making the same mistakes over and over; to the reporter in “Obit” who discovers he can kill people by writing their obituaries; to the old judge in “The Dune” who as a child canoed to a desert island and finds out the names he discovered written in the sand are of people who died in freak accidents; and the family in “Drunken Fireworks” where a feud between cottagers gets colourfully explosive. With introductions describing the history of each story and King’s motivation for writing it, The Bazaar of Bad Dreams will dazzle and compel with King’s signature eerie style. “I made them especially for you,” says King. “Feel free to examine them, but please be careful. The best of them have teeth.”

The Bazaar of Bad Dreams by Stephen King can be reserved especially for you in print and audiobook at the Haliburton County Public Library.

*Originally aired on 100.9 CANOE FM, November 15th – 28th, 2015.

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