Carl Reiner's How Paul Robeson Save My Life and Other Stories is a collection of about 28 very short stories more like vignettes, that can be comfortably read in one sitting. There is certainly some humor here and a couple pieces that are written as reminiscences that may be true. The title story involves a face-off between a Corporal Carl Reiner and a bigoted Army Sgt. at a time and place when such a face-off may have happened. The remainder of the stories run from faintly amusing to clever little turnarounds. Taken together the term that comes to mind is" bagatelle".
Carl Reiner fans will enjoy the chance to share some lighter moments with the famous comedian and writer. As long as you can savor his sense of irony in his mostly homey touch you will not be disappointed.