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Review: Sh*t My Dad Says

Shit My Dad Says
Shit My Dad Says by Justin Halpern
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I thought this book was hilarious – so much of what the writer’s father says reminds me of the dad of a good friend of ours, who used to tell his son and my husband “Stop playing grab-ass and get outside, goddammit!”

Beneath the veneer of sarcasm and poking fun at his dad, Halpern shows a soft spot for his old dad, a doctor who came from an impoverished family and made a better life for his wife and three sons.

I loved the sections with short topic headings and the quotes beneath them. For instance: ON BOB SAGET’S DEMEANOR WHILE HOSTING AMERICA’S FUNNIEST HOME VIDEOS: “Remember that face. That’s the face of a man who hates himself.”

My favorite was this: ON WHETHER TO VOTE FOR GEORGE W BUSH OR AL GORE: “Gore seems kind of a pompous prick, but every time I see Bush I feel like he’s probably shit his pants in the last year, and it’s something he worries about.”

The book is full of profanity-laced bon mots like this, but the undercurrent of his father’s character and circumstances is great. Near the end of the book, Halpern finds out more about his dad that helps shed light on his personality and shows that he’s more than a hard-edged pop who doesn’t care that the tasty snack he’s been eating turned out to be Snausages dog treats.

Sh*t My Dad Says was one of the most enjoyable books I read all year, right up there with Tina Fey’s “Bossypants.” And that, my friends, is saying something.

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Review: Bossypants

Bossypants
Bossypants by Tina Fey
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Probably THE funniest book I’ve ever read. I finished in a day and can’t say enough about it. Fey’s book is hilarious, moving (in a few parts), but mostly, it’s a wild and hysterical ride through the mind of one of the most witty people in our generation.

I think my favorite parts involved her bewildering entry into the world of motherhood, including her reference to the breast pump as the “Williams Sonoma Tit Juicer,” and this about infant formula:

“If you’ve ever opened a can of infant formula mix, then you know it smells like someone soaked old vitamins in a bucket of wet leaves, then dried them in a hot car. Also, formula is like forty dollars a can. They keep it locked up behind the counter with the batteries and meth ingredients That’s how bad people want this stuff!”

And after a long section about how people made her feel guilty for not enjoying or prolonging her breast feeding experience, she says this: “When people say ‘You really, really MUST’ do something, it means you don’t really have to. No one ever says ‘You really, really must deliver the baby during labor.’ When it’s true, it doesn’t need to be said.”

 

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Review: I’d Rather We Got Casinos: And Other Black Thoughts

I'd Rather We Got Casinos: And Other Black ThoughtsI’d Rather We Got Casinos: And Other Black Thoughts by Larry Wilmore
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Some great laugh out loud funny moments (“Queen Latifah has officially become Pearl Bailey”) and chapter headings (“Why Brothas Never See UFOs”) and it really helps if you’ve watched Larry Wilmore on “The Daily Show.” What I liked was that the humor was not the same familiar jokes other comedians have trotted out for years; instead, his humor is more off-kilter and unexpected. A quick read, and good brain candy between other books.

 

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Review: Stuff White People Like

Stuff White People LikeStuff White People Like by Christian Lander
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Better as the blog where it originated; this book read in one sitting was abrasive and got old really fast. Many cringe-worthy identifiers of hipster behavior had me laughing at myself and people I know, but all in all, not worth the time to read.

 

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Review: Squirrel Seeks Chipmunk: A Modest Bestiary

Squirrel Seeks Chipmunk: A Modest BestiarySquirrel Seeks Chipmunk: A Modest Bestiary by David Sedaris
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

One of the best collections of Sedaris’s writing, he puts animals in human situations and hilarity ensues. I’m not sure how to describe the book, other than hilarious!

Sedaris is one of the few writers whose work I can read over and over, like enjoying a good song on the iPod. He’s out of his mind, and in that way, helps restore my sanity by making me laugh.

 

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