Having lived in NYC also, I loved Rakoff's views/writing about NYC and was laughing out loud. Since that was was I heard as a sample, I was hoping/thinking that the whole book would be like that. So, I didn't find his rants/writing about politics such as the Bush administration, homosexuality, etc. as funny - which seems to be a lot more of the book. I bought this looking for humor, like a David Sedaris book.
I found this book easy and interesting to listen too. It has more practical detail as to how to eat better. And, it puts it in interesting context about the farming and food industry. He explains how to better shop for food. Like stick to the outside edges of the supermarket where the whole foods are, like produce, versus the processed foods in the rest of the store. Eat what your great grandparents ate a hundred years ago, versus processed foods. Added supplements and products with the latest health claims are more for marketing, like the Pom Pom pomegranate drink, etc. It's better just to eat a whole pomegranate. The Omnivore's Dilemma goes into more detail about the modern and traditional farming of food, which I found to be a little boring and less applicable, unless I want to grow my own food, go to a local small farmer, etc.
I see why some reviewers couldn't relate to or saw this book as a series of home movies. For me, those home movies were more like my own. Plus, I love home movies in general. I too partially grew up in Swarthmore and later on the Mainline. Although my application was rejected from the Shipley school. To apply, I even gave up my only chance to go to Europe and went to Shipley summer school, to improve my chances of getting in. I saw much of Tad's family in my own WASP family. It's nice to know I wasn't the only one on the Mainline being criticized and ostracized by inadequate table manners - using a knife instead of bread to push my food and lack of ability to take a proper mouthful (meanwhile my two other siblings were getting laid and stoned).
I was happy to find this as I've already listened to many other greats like David Sedaris, and am always looking for more humor. This didn't disapoint.
Fascinating, to better understand animals and their thinking/behavior. And, to also learn more about autistic versus non-autistic people's way of thinking. Very compassionate.
I see what another reviewer meant about this book being "depressing". The author seems to point out all the shortcomings of people - failings, bad habits, unhappy relationships, etc. At first I found it funny. But, then I found it hard to listen to, and it started to sound like whining. I was hoping to hear more insights versus his spending so much time pointing out or whining about all the problems about people that I already know.
I tried to keep listening but stopped due to boredom. Seems very self absorbed.
go above and beyond the call of duty in your job and life, like Fred does.
I couldn't put it down!
I loved this memoir and hearing about Martin's challenging upbringing and career path. I don't share Steve Martin's sense of humor. But, I love that he seems like a very kind, honorable human being.
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