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Roz Warren, “the world’s funniest librarian,” writes for The New York Times, The Funny Times, The Christian Science Monitor, The Jewish Forward and The Huffington Post. And she‘s been featured on the Today Show. (Twice!) Roz is the editor of the ground-breaking Women’s Glib humor collections, including titles like The Best Contemporary Women’s Humor, Men Are From Detroit, Women Are From Paris and When Cats Talk Back. Our Bodies, Our Shelves is her thirteenth humor book. Years ago, Roz left the practice of law to take a job at her local public library “because I was tired of making so damn much money.” She has no regrets.

You can read more of Roz Warren’s work on her website, www.Rosalindwarren.com, connect with her on Facebook at www.facebook.com/writerrozwarren, email her at roswarren@gmail.com or follow her on Twitter @WriterRozWarren. .
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 146 pages
  • Publisher: HumorOutcasts Press (April 1, 2015)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0692406468
  • ISBN-13: 978-0692406465
  • Product Dimensions: 5.1 x 0.3 x 7.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (28 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #593,853 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Are you kidding? 20 hilarious Roz Warren pieces for $4.99? You gotta get this. I read my Kindle version in one sitting. They are just funny as heck, as anyone who is a Roz fan might expect. Order it now and prepare to be amused.
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Roz Warren is a skillful writer with a deliciously dry wit. Having a librarian friend who has mentioned sometimes it's hard to believe what happens at the library desk, I expected this book to be full of stories of the adventures that transpire in a library, and I was not disappointed. It's a quick, delightful read and a book I expect to re-read. I heartily recommend it as a change of pace and very entertaining work.
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Save your money and ILL the book. I was disappointed with this one. I purchased after reading an article written about it and I have to say that the article was actually more enjoyable and entertaining. I was expecting a book of humorous stories from fellow librarians about working in libraries. Instead I got maybe two good laughs in the entire book and several chapters almost unrelated to library work besides a couple sentences about the library.
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Four –years ago I was under the impression/misconception that libraries where hanging on for their dear book laden lives. I was ridiculously mistaken.
Libraries are alive and well and combined they are the largest book buyer in the world.
Another misconception I had was in thinking that librarians were plain, boring people. Boy was I wrong.
Our Bodies Our Shelves is a compilation of essays written by humor writer and librarian Roz Warren covering her observations and experiences working in a library in the affluent suburb of Bala Cynwyd, Pennsylvania.
While reading Our Bodies, Our Shelves I was extremely grateful that I never lied about or squawked about paying a fine for an overdue book. If I had I could have easily been portrayed negatively yet hilariously in one of these essays.
Some of the short essays in the book left me saying, “Oh my did this really happen, some made me smile and others had me laughing hysterically.”
The book is quite educational I learned that if you borrow a GED study guide and don’t return for three –years, you can actually be arrested, if you live in Texas or several other areas. I also learned I should start to envision the tag sale and the comments from patrons to the sale after my demise and I am purging and/or adding belongings accordingly.
If you happen to know Roz and decide to visit her at the library and she acts a bit strange, be kind. She suffers from face blindness and has no idea who you are. It’s a real thing.
This book for me was an enlightening, easy and delightful read.
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Roz Warren’s "Our Bodies, Our Shelves: A Collection of Literary Humor" is really funny. Really, really funny. I got it today as a birthday present and read it in one sitting, laughing out loud the whole time. If I were the type to steal a book from a library, this would be the one. But that would be wrong. Indeed, Ms. Warren may use Paul’s Flying Squirrel Squadron to track down book thieves, page rippers, cell-phone shouters, and fine dodgers anytime she wants.

Any librarian, any son or daughter of a librarian, any one who’s dated a librarian will appreciate the joys and struggles of your library’s workers and heroes. And gosh, who knew they could be so funny? While in high school, St. Mary’s, a school for librarians, sent me a brochure encouraging me to go there. I chose to go to another school and major in economics. After reading the wonderful "Our Bodies, Our Shelves," I wonder if I made the right choice.

Well written, Roz.
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I'm sitting in my public library as I write this, looking at the colorful crowd here. As a library junkie, even though I'm not a librarian, I've seen funny, awkward things. So I expected "Our Bodies, Our Shelves: A Collection Of Library Humor" by Roz Warren to deliver a pile of smiles.

Unfortunately, it isn't funny.

Instead, it is a collection of weak anecdotes. It has several sexually-inclined stories about porn stars and erotica. It is littered with unnecessary profanity, as she portrays herself as a coarse dive bar comedy shop wannabe. In fact, she has an entire chapter called, "Confessions of a Cursing Librarian."

Warren seems to have a disdain for her clientele. While naturally frustrated with those making excuses for their late fines, she takes it a step too far. She spends a chapter derisively commenting on them in "What Would Steven Slater Do?" and sprinkles similar jibing throughout the book.

It needs an edit. Stories could be tighter and less self-indulgent. Too many stories are about sex, whether she's discussing her political views of sexual orientation or the oft-stolen Sports Illustrated swimsuit edition. Overall, it is thin and poorly designed.

I give this two stars, not one, because she typed a lot, and because I did, in fact, smile at the vintage photograph on the cover. My appreciation of this book ends there. Don't buy it.

Anthony Trendl
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Some of the stories were funny. I'm a librarian, so I probably had had a few happen to me, but fortunately I haven't experienced some of the crazy things that the author either experienced or heard about.
An okay quick read (and freely borrowed from Amazon Unlimited), but probably not something I would buy to reread.
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