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(Not That You Asked): Rants, Exploits, and Obsessions

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Staff Pick

Funny. Really, really funny. I have been a fan of Steve Almond's books for what seems like forever, but Not That You Asked is the show-stopper of them all. A hilarious tome, with lots of laugh-out-loud details.
Recommended by Danielle, Powells.com

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How does Steve Almond get himself into so much trouble? Could it be his incessant moralizing? His generally poor posture? The fact that he was raised by a pack of wolves? Frankly, we haven’t got a clue. What we do know is that Almond has a knack for converting his dustups into essays that are both funny and furious. In (Not that You Asked), he squares off against Sean Hannity on national TV, nearly gets arrested for stealing "Sta-Hard" gel from his local pharmacy, and winds up in Boston, where he quickly enrages the entire population of the Red Sox Nation. Almond is, as they say in Yiddish, a tummler.

Almond on personal grooming: "Why, exactly, did I feel it would be 'sexy' and 'hot' to have my girlfriend wax my chest? I can offer no good answer to this question today. I could offer no good answer at the time."

On sports: "To be a fan is to live in a condition of willed helplessness. We are (for the most part) men who sit around and watch other men run and leap and sweat and grapple each other. It is a deeply homoerotic pattern of conduct, often interracial in nature, and essentially humiliating."

On popular culture: "I have never actually owned a TV, a fact I mention whenever possible, in the hopes that it will make me seem noble and possibly lead to oral sex."

On his literary hero, Kurt Vonnegut: "His books perform the greatest feat of alchemy known to man: the conversion of grief into laughter by means of courageous imagination."

On religion: "Every year, when Chanukah season rolled around, my brothers and I would make the suburban pilgrimage to the home of our grandparents, where we would ring in the holiday with a big, juicy Chanukah ham."

The essays in (Not that You Asked) will make you laugh out loud, or, maybe just as likely, hurl the book across the room. Either way, you'll find Steve Almond savagely entertaining. Not that you asked.

Review:

"A pop-culture-saturated intellectual, a kindly grouch, vitriolic Boston Red Sox hater, neurotic new father and Kurt Vonnegut fanatic....[Almond] scores big in every chapter of this must-have collection. Biting humor, honesty, smarts and heart: Vonnegut himself would have been proud." Kirkus Reviews (starred review)

Review:

"Almond will make you laugh, and wince, but his real goal, largely achieved, is to make you think." Hartford Courant

Review:

"[S]urely one of the more meandering collections of essays ever put forth by a major publishing house....Utterly self-absorbed, endlessly readable, Almond has little to say and knows how to say it." Oregonain

Review:

"Almond is a reader, a true devotee of the written word. The highlights of this book, what makes it a worthy addition to any home library, are his essays on Kurt Vonnegut, whom he memorializes with an appropriate mix of hero worship and critical scrutiny." Seattle Times

Review:

"[A] rich, fearless, cutting collection of essays on a variety of topics including inter-author jealousy, the odd sensation of touching fake breasts and good old standbys about Hollywood, hypocritical politicians and the confusion of new fatherhood." Los Angeles Times

Review:

"[An] absurdly funny collection of 20 personal essays." Boston Globe

About the Author

Steve Almond is the author of the story collections My Life in Heavy Metal and The Evil B.B. Chow, the nonfiction book Candyfreak, and the novel Which Brings Me to You, co-written with Julianna Baggott. He lives outside Boston with his wife, Erin, and daughter, Josephine, whom he cannot stop kissing. Visit the author at stevealmond.com.

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carolyn espe, October 20, 2007 (view all comments by carolyn espe)
In (Not That You Asked):Rants, Exploits, and Obsessions, Steve Almond
invites us readers to hear and then to feel his quirky experiences of
teenagerdom to adultness. Like in other writing, Almond approaches his
subjects straightahead with a sense of truth and rawness, written with
colorful seemingly glib consciousness. Hysterical and comical, real and
raw, Steve Almond succeeds with his book of essays to tell it as it is.



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Product Details

ISBN:
9781400066193
Subtitle:
Rants, Exploits, and Obsessions
Author:
Almond, Steve
Publisher:
Random House
Subject:
Form - Essays
Subject:
Authors, American
Subject:
United states
Subject:
Essays
Publication Date:
20070911
Binding:
Hardback
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Pages:
304
Dimensions:
8.38x5.84x1.07 in. .91 lbs.

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Product details 304 pages Random House - English 9781400066193 Reviews:
"Staff Pick" by ,

Funny. Really, really funny. I have been a fan of Steve Almond's books for what seems like forever, but Not That You Asked is the show-stopper of them all. A hilarious tome, with lots of laugh-out-loud details.

"Review" by , "A pop-culture-saturated intellectual, a kindly grouch, vitriolic Boston Red Sox hater, neurotic new father and Kurt Vonnegut fanatic....[Almond] scores big in every chapter of this must-have collection. Biting humor, honesty, smarts and heart: Vonnegut himself would have been proud."
"Review" by , "Almond will make you laugh, and wince, but his real goal, largely achieved, is to make you think."
"Review" by , "[S]urely one of the more meandering collections of essays ever put forth by a major publishing house....Utterly self-absorbed, endlessly readable, Almond has little to say and knows how to say it."
"Review" by , "Almond is a reader, a true devotee of the written word. The highlights of this book, what makes it a worthy addition to any home library, are his essays on Kurt Vonnegut, whom he memorializes with an appropriate mix of hero worship and critical scrutiny."
"Review" by , "[A] rich, fearless, cutting collection of essays on a variety of topics including inter-author jealousy, the odd sensation of touching fake breasts and good old standbys about Hollywood, hypocritical politicians and the confusion of new fatherhood."
"Review" by , "[An] absurdly funny collection of 20 personal essays."
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