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The League for the Suppression of Celery - Wendy Russ Kate Pearson’s on top of the world. Not only is she this close to graduation, she already has a job offer — from dreamboat celebrity chef Warren Hoffman! He’s funny and charming, and it doesn’t take too long before Kate’s halfway in love with him.Then she finds out he’s married. And his wife’s something of a kook. What’s a girl to do now?She packs her stuff and heads to California for her job, that’s what. Along the way, she tries to sort out her feelings for Warren, but gets distracted by the silly, zany things she encounters. And a boy. Of course, it’s all fun and games until it’s not — which is definitely true when Kate runs into the militant League for the Suppression of Celery, and psychotropic strawberries.The League for the Suppression of Celery is a fun and quirky read, with each section’s “introduction” a news clipping featuring something – murder, mayhem, chaos, excerpts – related to celery. Yes, celery. And Kate’s adventures follow in the same vein, from “investigating” a rival strawberry grower, to visiting the Hillbilly Love Doctor and Burning Pig, getting kidnapped by the League, and checking out Vegas. Along the way Kate learns about life and love, and where she draws the line.I quite enjoyed Kate’s adventures, and was plenty entertained by The League for the Suppression of Celery. It’s fun and light, and imparts lessons like Why You Shouldn’t Get Involved with Your Married Boss. And Do Not Drive While Suffering From Allergic Reaction and Sunburn. Wendy Russ is a storyteller, indeed. drey’s rating: Excellent!