Friday, January 16, 2015

Idiots And Children, by Diana Estill

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Synopsis: Idiots and children are said to be divinely protected, and to tell the unvarnished truth. To prove that theory, in her latest collection of humor essays, award-winning humorist Diana Estill delivers twisted tales of past and present. Having grown up with an absent-minded father and a mother who refused to wear—but nevertheless tried to sell—beauty products, Estill drolly recalls her childhood angst and confusion. The author’s keen observations about life and family straddle the line between satire and memoir, consistently hitting the comedic bull’s eye.

Besides poking fun at herself and her kin, Estill unleashes tongue-in-cheek commentary on subjects such as populating Mars, finding the “fun” in funerals, cloning Neanderthals, and store gun policies. (“If you’re feeling unsafe enough to pack a shotgun for your trip to purchase pork rinds, then maybe you ought to stay home and shoot your own snacks.”) Travelogues about crossing the pond (“Looking for the Loo in London”) and commissioning a hot air balloon to fly across a desert (“Fatal Attractions”) offer witty vacation advice. If you enjoy a good laugh, this book is one to add to your collection.

My thoughts: A fun book of essays that will resonate with most families. I laughed with recognition at several of the situations she described, such as "Family Pillow Fight." 

Each essay is fairly short, something you can read in five minutes or less. But they are so good that you're not going to want to put the book down after just one! Some of the essays also include photos, which is a nice touch. 

I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review, and all opinions are entirely my own.

My rating: Four stars

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