Do we dare go after the holiest of institutions, that bastion of reverence known as Motherhood and Fatherhood? Do we take a chance ticking off the entire world? After all, we're either a mother or a father or a son or a daughter. . . . Are we, indeed, on “Shaky ground?” Have we finally gotten to the one thing that we shouldn’t poke fun at? Is the sanctity of our home life ...
Do we dare go after the holiest of institutions, that bastion of reverence known as Motherhood and Fatherhood? Do we take a chance ticking off the entire world? After all, we're either a mother or a father or a son or a daughter. . . . Are we, indeed, on “Shaky ground?” Have we finally gotten to the one thing that we shouldn’t poke fun at? Is the sanctity of our home life the one untouchable?
Throughout the ages, the one constant in literature, music, film, politics, and life has been the love/hate relationship we have with our parents or kids. Whether we’ve sucked up to them to get what we want or we’ve ignored and alienated them; family is the cornerstone for the majority of headaches that we deal with on a daily basis. We love them, we hate them, we resent them, we loathe them . . . but unfortunately, no matter what, they still show up on Thanksgiving and eat the big turkey leg.
With that said, what’s a better gift for Mother's Day, Father's Day, Grandparents Day—hell any day—where you can tell your “loved ones” exactly how you feel.
But one word of caution. . . . Be careful. They know all your deep, dark secrets.
Another entry in the author's best-selling "Snark" series, following the insult edition and the sex edition. Aimed at parents and organized into categories such as "Motherhood," "Fatherhood," "Children," "Siblings," etc., the book collects humorous quotes ("A father is a man who carries pictures where his money used to be") and occasional contributions from the author, such as reorganizing popular parenting books into "worst" categories (Siblings Without Rivalry: Keeping Separate Households in Different States). VERDICT The "Snark" books are merely a compilation of quotes—sort of a mini Bartlett's, here targeting parents, with only the funny stuff included. It would seem the "Snark" series has jumped the shark and is ultimately unessential for libraries. If you want a good laugh, go with Edgerton's Papadaddy's Book for New Fathers, reviewed below.
Lawrence Dorfman has more than thirty years of experience in the bookselling world, including stints at Simon and Schuster, Penguin, and Harry N. Abrams. He is the author of the Snark Handbookseries including, The Snark Handbook: Politics and Government Edition, The Snark Handbook: A Reference Guide to Verbal Sparring; The Snark Handbook: Insult Edition; The Snark Handbook: Sex Edition, Snark! The Herald Angels Sing, and, the forthcoming Snark Handbook: Clichés Edition.