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If you like Paula Poundstone’s ironic and blindingly intelligent humor, you’ll love this wryly observant, funny, and touching book.
Paula Poundstone on . . .
The sources of her self-esteem: “A couple of years ago I was reunited with a guy I knew in the fifth grade. He said, “All the other fifth-grade guys liked the pretty girls, but I liked you.” It’s hard to know if a guy is sincere when he lays it on that thick.
The battle between fatigue and informed citizenship: I play a videotape of The NewsHour with Jim Lehrer every night, but sometimes I only get as far as the theme song (da da-da-da da-ah) before I fall asleep. Sometimes as soon as Margaret Warner says whether or not Jim Lehrer is on vacation I drift right off. Somehow just knowing he’s well comforts me.
The occult: I need to know exactly what day I’m gonna die so that I don’t bother putting away leftovers the night before.
TV’s misplaced priorities: Someday in the midst of the State of the Union address they’ll break in with, “We interrupt this program to bring you a little clip from Bewitched.”
Travel: In London I went to the queen’s house. I went as a tourist—she didn’t invite me so she could pick my brain: “What do you think of my face on the pound? Too serious?”
Air-conditioning in Florida: If it were as cold outside in the winter as they make it inside in the summer, they’d put the heat on. It makes no sense.
The scandal: The judge said I was the best probationer he ever had. Talk about proud.
With a foreword by Mary Tyler Moore
Excerpted from There's Nothing in This Book That I Meant to Say by Paula Poundstone Copyright © 2006 by Paula Poundstone. Excerpted by permission.
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Posted April 9, 2010
I bought the book after seeing Paula perform. I have been a long time fan and she deals with her court issues with gusto. The book is in an interesting format-she talks about her life in comparison to other famous people, such as Charles Dickens, Helen Keller & Joan of Arc. Paula has always been very self-deprecating and this is no different. I also found the history aspect very interesting. She talks about what got the Wright Brothers interested in flight and it was something I had never heard before. All in all, I found the book very informative and funny.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted April 24, 2008
If you're a fan of quirky observations of human nature, you'll love Paula's book. I found myself laughing out loud numerous times as I read this book. Paula is both brutally honest, and hilariously subversive in her approach to modern life. If you enjoy reading David Sedaris, meet his female counterpart.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted December 29, 2011
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