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Tasteful Nudes: And Other Misguided Attempts at Personal Growth and Validation


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eljamez, August 6, 2012 (view all comments by eljamez)
This book is full of amusing and funny anecdotes, in a memoir format. Perfect amusing easy reading. His cadence complements his sense of humor well and it is even more fun if you have heard him speak (he is sometimes on This American Life and he has his own podcast). He has a great way of telling stories and the themes are easily relatable. Funny guy and a generally good times book. Look him up.
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11 Stories, August 6, 2012 (view all comments by 11 Stories)
This book is pretty funny and totally rocks! Still, things can get pretty raw. Dave Hill tempers his hilarity with some real downers like depression and death. All in all, it was honest, heartfelt, and I assume mostly true. Rock on!
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Minty79, April 27, 2012 (view all comments by Minty79)
I haven't read this book yet, but I've been reading Dave Hill's blog for a couple of years and he is hilarious. I usually read it at work and get weird looks becuase I laugh so hard, I snort and make other unattractive sounds. I can't wait to read this book and laugh till I tinkle a little bit. I see the purchase of this book is an investment in my happiness.
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And Other Misguided Attempts at Personal Growth and Validation
Hill, Dave
St. Martin's Press
Entertainment & Performing Arts
Humor : General
Form - Essays
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8.25 x 5.5 in

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Product details 240 pages St. Martin's Press - English 9781250002037 Reviews:
"Review" by , "Comedian Hill trades in mock braggadocio, following each punch with a tickle. To wit, 'Scar or not, I realize at this point in my book there's probably no question in your mind as to whether or not I'm one of the biggest badasses that ever walked the face of the planet. (Authors note: I am.).' Over the course of these 17 short autobiographical essays, the rhythm grows familiar enough that it could become cloying, but it doesn't because Hill is just so funny, observant, and likable. Whether he's riffing on adolescent affairs of the heart ('Loving You Is Easy Because You Live Pretty Close to My Parents House'), the thrill of playing Santa Claus ('Northeastern Ohio Velvet'), or his brush with rock 'n' roll stardom ('Big in Japan'), Hill has a knack for hitting the high points, eliciting some laughs, and then offering a poignant twist that reminds the reader there's no two-drink minimum. Essays about depression ('A Funny Feeling') and his mother's death ('Bunny') treat their subjects humorously without being glib. Well worth a read."
"Review" by , "Dave Hill refers to himself as a 'famous writer person' in the intro to his seriously funny new book, Tasteful Nudes ... and Other Misguided Attempts at Personal Growth and Validation — and we think he's onto something. Unlike many comics, who string a bunch of jokes together with clunky transitions and call it a book, the NYC-based author actually can write."
"Review" by , "Anyone who's listened to Hill recount his tales, particularly on This American Life...will hear the deliciously deadpan delivery of every word."
"Review" by , "Dave Hill speaks, rocks, and now writes with a voice so powerful and funny and compelling that I'm pretty sure he's channeling some weird god from another dimension. Basically, this dude is a comedic Cthulhu, and when you read this book, you will either go COMPLETELY MAD or BECOME A SLAVE TO HIS MAD GENIUS. Pray for the latter."
"Review" by , "This book should affirm Dave Hill's rightful place as a major American humor writer. You will laugh. Buy two and brighten a friend's life as well."
"Review" by , "I run into Dave Hill all the time at the coffee shop in our neighborhood. He's always unshaven and badly hungover, with some 16-year-old groupie from Cleveland in tow — and he's just as funny then as he is in Tasteful Nudes. He is my idol."
"Review" by , "We have Dave Hill on our radio show as much as we can because he's so winningly funny, and it's thrilling to see how well his sense of humor translates to the page. I've never seen a comedian quite like him: full of unjustified bravado, but also amazingly vulnerable. There's something very bare through all these stories that are so full of jokes and brags. He's a rocker who shreds his way through mindblowing solos while somehow also communicating to you that maybe he thinks the whole thing is just a little much. I don't say that as a metaphor, I've actually seen him do this. I enjoyed the hell out of this book."
"Review" by , "First of all, Dave Hill is a pathological liar, a fantasist, egoist, and unlicensed podiatrist. I cannot confirm the veracity of anything in this book, but my feet have never felt better. And as Dave always says, when you have your feet, you have everything."
"Review" by , "If you want to get inside Dave Hills head, then you have to go for it. Throw caution to the wind. Jump into the icy waters. Speed across the Bonneville Salt Flats. Trek the Himalayas. Take a solo flight around the globe. Or just read his new book, Tasteful Nudes, the most dangerous way to get there."
"Review" by , "This book, in addition to being a hilariously fun read, is exactly the kind of book that will get Dave Hill totally laid."
"Review" by , "Not only did Tasteful Nudes take me on an emotional journey through the seedy underbelly of Dave Hills life, but it also introduced me to a whole new slew of colorful and imaginative euphemisms for my pud. For this, I shall forever be in Mr. Hill's debt."
"Synopsis" by , A hilarious book of essays from comedian, This American Life contributor, and rock god Dave Hill.

Dave Hill is like any other guy just trying to make it through life. He has accidentally arranged a lunch with a high-end prostitute, hes become an unwitting accomplice to the theft of three hundred pounds of meat, and hes lost his innocence to a Japanese toilet. Average, run-of-the-mill stuff. His collection of mind-blowing (and mildly superlative) essays recollect real life experiences of a grown man who hasn't borrowed money from any of his family members in a seriously long time. Nearly every page is packed with red-hot action, startling emotion, and borderline futuristic insights all delivered in scorching and largely grammatically correct verse. Dave Hill wrote this book mainly to make people laugh, cry, soil themselves, and maybe even touch a few hearts. And if it ends up leading to sex for him, well that's just a bonus.

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