Friday, August 19, 2011
So it's a well-known fact that I'm a humongous fan of Southern literature and especially Southern humor. I mean, how can you not love the title of this book of essays from Celia Rivenbark? I've read Rivenbark's other books (which have equally amazing titles) and have enjoyed her humor for several years now, so I was excited when Tanya at Wunderkind PR offered me a chance to review this one. And it met and exceeded all of my expectations. I picked it up last night expecting to read an essay or two before falling asleep and ended up staying up half the night and reading the entire thing.
I've said it before, but it's really hard to judge the writing of humorous essays. Either you think the writer is funny or you don't - so I combined the sections for this one. Rivenbark's humor succeeds for me because I find her entertaining. Whereas a work of fiction can be well-written but dull, if you find humor dull, it's usually because you don't share the author's sense of humor and therefore don't appreciate the writing. All of that to say that Rivenbark totally shares my sense of humor. She's sassy and snarky, but with an air of Southern charm that keeps her sarcasm from being too bitter. She's also smart and irreverent and her jokes are relatable and relevant. While this is a good example of Southern humor, it's also relatable on all levels, so I don't think it's going to come across as something that only Southerners will get - Rivenbark examines yoga and tweeting and politics and pop culture that are going to appeal to everyone.
If you've got a smart and somewhat snarky sense of humor, you're going to like this one. There were several points where I actually laughed out loud and then had to go back and explain why I was laughing to Luke because he hates not being in on a joke. This one just came out this week, but it's reasonably priced online, so I highly recommend going ahead and giving it a try.
Posted by Julie G at 4:59 PM