Toolkit In Paradiseby B. Elwin Sherman
Following the critical acclaim of his first book, The Miradors-Descensions of a Man, we arrive at Toolkit in Paradise, a decade of the best in American seriocomic reportage. Finally, we have "the last thing we thought we'd ever need in the last place we thought we'd ever need it." Fine-tune your wit and wisdom, laugh until it hurts, and cry until it hurts less as… See more details below
Following the critical acclaim of his first book, The Miradors-Descensions of a Man, we arrive at Toolkit in Paradise, a decade of the best in American seriocomic reportage. Finally, we have "the last thing we thought we'd ever need in the last place we thought we'd ever need it." Fine-tune your wit and wisdom, laugh until it hurts, and cry until it hurts less as you travel through these painfully funny passageways to our most intimate inner selves-from the domestic front to the world stage-and beyond. And, yes-you CAN take them with you when you go.
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¿It was a dark and stormy night¿¿ ¿ one of literary history¿s all time worst opening lines, and not the way B. Elwin Sherman starts his anthology of short essays. He did use it somewhere in one of his pieces, and I spent a few moments scanning the pages to try and find it. I was unsuccessful, but did manage to purloin a few other, more catchy opening lines along the way: 1) 'Hair.¿ 2) ¿Men Spring from Winter. Women Fall from Summer.¿ 3) ¿Cloning.¿ 4) ¿I¿ve chosen breasts as our mission for two reasons.¿ 5) ¿I¿m doing a dangerous thing.¿ As a self declared HC (humorist columnist), Sherman has put together a loosely grouped compilation of about 100 columns published (as the observant ready might deduce), over the last ten or fifteen years. Each is short (think newspaper column again) and at about three pages sometimes laughing out loud funny, sometimes cynical, and sometimes revealing the deeper feelings Sherman pretends to mask with his humor. Don¿t like one? Read on, dear reader `cause there¿s another insight just a page turn away. Sherman delivers in a snappy, down-to-earth I¿m talking to you kind of style, which luckily only partially masks his command of the English language. You get to know the man as you prowl through his inner thoughts, and find yourself sharing his feelings on family, relationships and the occasional pot shot at politics and our society. All are well worth your attention, so read them one at a time or relax and enjoy for a couple of hours. I¿m sure he wouldn¿t mind the suggestion of keeping a copy handy in the rack next to the TP in the two-seater outdoor convenience center. Highly recommended for the humor crowd.
Pick up a copy of this book and you won't stop laughing till the last page. Great Book.