Sunday, April 28, 2013

My Planet: Finding Humor in the Oddest Places by Mary Roach

Follow New York Times bestselling author Mary Roach -- but be careful not to trip -- as she weaves through personal anecdotes and everyday musings riddled with her uncanny wit and amazingly analytical eye. These essays, which found a well-deserved home within the pages of Reader's Digest as the column "My Planet," detail the inner workings of hypochondriacs, hoarders, and compulsive cheapskates. (Did we mention neurotic interior designers and professional list-makers?) For Roach, humor is hidden in the most unlikely places, which means that nothing is off limits. Whether she is dwelling on her age or talking about the pros and cons of a bedroom night light -- "A married couple can best be defined as a unit of people whose sleep habits are carefully engineered to keep each other awake" -- Roach finds a lesson, a slice of sarcasm, or a dash of something special that makes each day comical and absolutely priceless.

In keeping with our mission -- curating the best reads in the land -- Reader's Digest editors neatly packaged these timeless (and hilarious) Roach essays together for the first time. Whether you read this cover-to-cover or during spare moments over morning coffee, flip to a page in this volume and try not to smile.

Mary Roach and Reader's Digest.  Just that alone should have you excited to pick up this delightful book!  Filled with three to four page essays, I had a ball reading My Planet.  At times I was shaking my head in agreement while smiling, as some of the things she writes about is definitely true.  And at other times, I was laughing so hard, I was crying.  

Nothing is sacred from Mary.  She will talk about anything, and hit you with a whammy when you least expect it.  Since each story is only three to four pages long, you could savor the book and read only a story or two a day.  But, if you're a glutton like me, you'll not be able to stop at just one or two.  Very well written and highly entertaining, My Planet is sure to be a hit!

*I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

1 comment:

  1. This sounds terrific and the cover is so eye-catching.


The old grey donkey, Eeyore stood by himself in a thistly corner of the Forest, his front feet well apart, his head on one side, and thought about things. Sometimes he thought sadly to himself, "Why?" and sometimes he thought, "Wherefore?" and sometimes he thought, "Inasmuch as which?" and sometimes he didn't quite know what he was thinking about.

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