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Trashed – Derf Backderf
Action and Adventure , Autobiography / December 20, 2016

Trashed is a great fictional graphic novel by Derf Backderf that uses his experiences as a garbage man in the 1970s and 1980s, in a tiny town in Ohio, to tell the story. It reads like a normal book, but, in a sense, it’s a tribute to all the workers who have to deal with garbage removal. Trash, the smell, maggots, and waste that have been left out for days on end, this is what garbage men have to deal with. I would assume that working within these conditions could leave a worker sick and depressed. The main character is a college dropout named JB, who is still living in his mom’s house; his mom finally gets fed up with him leaving his garbage around the house and asks him to find a job, so he does. In the newspaper, there’s an ad for trash collectors, and he decides to take up the offer. In the graphic novel, the reader will find that the book is depressing because of how horrible and disgusting this job is, or, they may appreciate the humorous side of the “shittest” job ever that this college dropout experiences. Not only does JB have to collect…

Jobs – Walter Isaacson
Biography , Narrative Non-Fiction , Non-Fiction / December 20, 2016

  Steve Jobs is the biography of Jobs written by Walter Isaacson. It is written to tell the story of how Apple started and its co-founder’s life and what went wrong and right in the company’s development. Almost all of our modern-day cell phones and computer technology was based on or inspired by something Steve Jobs and Apple envisioned, designed, and assembled. During Jobs’s childhood, he would get into a lot of trouble because he was so much smarter than everyone else. He played some pretty crazy pranks, one of which was when he and a friend made an unauthorized “Bring-Your-Pet-to-School” day in elementary school. They made posters and everything and the next day the school was a zoo. He would act out in school because he was just bored. Later in life, his boredom led him to experiment with hallucinogenic drugs and to pursue certain types of religions that discouraged  showering, resulting in body odor. He thought eating natural foods would prevent that body odor but it didn’t work. Ultimately, he smelled, and people were repulsed by him at work. For example, at Atari his stench and his habit of not wearing shoes caused his co workers to hate…