Weddings in Bookshops and Giggles on the L…

As I’m visiting New York for the first time, I decided to read something by a local author… So of course I went to the wonderful Housing Works bookshop in Manhattan. I have been buying books from them for years (over the Internet of course), so it was amazing to actually step inside their store in person… 


Did you know they do weddings?! They closed early for one while I was there. I found this photo on Yelp:

It was at Housing Works that I found Jesse Eisenberg’s ‘Bream Gives Me Hiccups’. A wonderfully zany collection of stories…You can expect wry incites into the modern day and an abundance of humour. 


The collection opens with a set of ‘restaurant reviews’ from a young boy (with an underlying commentary on his relationship with his divorcee mother). 


This is followed by a series of midnight text messages between a brother and sister; a father’s guide to the medications his son is prescribed; a series of conversations where men try to avoid invitations to dance; letters written to a high school guidance councillor; a monologue from a middle school bully; personalised spam emails; a series of imagined historic conversations; and so on…. 


What happens when a young boy, asked to wear his seatbelt, continues to question “why” in ‘Bream Gives Me Hiccups’, you ask? This is your answer (or part of it!):

Eisenberg’s selective use of stereotypes and attraction to cultural issues, make this a timely, funny and thought provoking book. It’s topics and approach may be ‘eccentric’ and ‘fluid’, but there is no doubt that for the reader, this book is a tour de force. 

I giggled on the subway and people stared… I didn’t care. #JesseEisenbergGaveMeGiggles

6 thoughts on “Weddings in Bookshops and Giggles on the L…

    • I know! Such a fun idea and I’d love for it to be a charity bookshop, like Housing Works, which helps communities promotes equality! #bookshopLOVE

  1. So I see you’ve made it to the Big Apple, and also DC. I hope you’ve had fun on your road trip excursion. I think I like Eisenberg’s sense of humor — he cracks me up. But a wedding in a book shop? Ha. As long as it wasn’t near the self-help section! have fun, susan from BEA

    • I have had so much fun! But I look like a victim of domestic abuse right now (swollen skin around my eyes and lip) thanks to my allergic reactions to the bugs here in Boston, it’s kind of awful. Can’t wait to move on to Maine on Wednesday!

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