True Stories From Painful Beaches

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"John Hodgman--New York Times bestselling author, semi-famous personality, deranged millionaire, increasingly elderly husband, father, and human of earth--has written a memoir about his cursed travels through two wildernesses: from the woods of his home of Massachusetts, birthplace of rage, to his exile on the coast of Maine, so-called 'Vacationland,' home to the most painful beaches on earth. Vacationland is also about John's wandering in the metaphoric wilderness of his forties, those years when dudes especially must painfully stop pretending to be the children of bright potential they were and settle into the failing bodies of the wiser, weirder dads that they are. Other subjects covered include the horror of freshwater clams, the evolutionary purpose of the mustache, which animals to keep as pets and which to kill with traps and poison, and advice on how to react when the people of coastal Maine try to sacrifice you to their strange god"-- Provided by publisher.
Publisher: New York, New York : Viking, [2017]
ISBN: 9780735224803
Branch Call Number: 791.45028 H6899v 2017
Characteristics: 257 pages ; 22 cm


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Mar 09, 2018

"Ladies and gentlemen, the white privilege comedy of John Hodgman."
If you don't already like John Hodgman, erstwhile "Daily Show" contributor, sometime actor ("Bored to Death"), and catnip to the NPR/This American Life crow, his latest book probably won't change your mind. Unlike some of his previous books, which contained made up information masquerading as facts, "Vacationland" is a sort of memoir made up of short essays. Hodgman is droll, insightful, and self-deprecating, all appealing qualities to me, also an overeducated privileged white male, but I don't how well they'd connect with a general audience. The title takes is name from Maine's license plates.


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