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True Lies: The Book Of Bad Advice

3.63  ·  Rating Details ·  72 Ratings  ·  5 Reviews
The unsuspecting public is in for a treat in this book as Mariko Tamaki shares humour, sensitivity, love, joy, pain, social commentary, and complaints (about everything and everyone and all places, spaces, evens and things). Her in-your-face humorous commentary on social life is innovative, clever, intelligent, artistic and sweet. The sweetness comes at the reader in a sub ...more
Paperback, 131 pages
Published April 26th 2002 by Women's Press (UK)
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CaseyTheCanadianLesbrarian
Humour—what exactly each person finds funny—is such a personal thing. I mean, it’s about as personal as what turns you on and what kind of erotica/porn you like. So reviewing True Lies: The Book of Bad Advice, Mariko Tamaki’s collection of funny essays/stories-that-are-true-but-kind-of-not-true, and telling you which ones I thought were funny feels a bit weird. I mean, how am I to know what I think is funny is what anyone else would find funny?

So let me tell you all about this odd little book of
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The unsuspecting public is in for a treat in this book as Mariko Tamaki shares humour, sensitivity, love, joy, pain, social commentary, and complaints (about everything and everyone and all places, spaces, evens and things). Her in-your-face humorous commentary on social life is innovative, clever, intelligent, artistic and sweet. The sweetness comes at the reader in a subliminal way, so that it is upon reflection that the warmth from the heart washes over you. Tamaki's love of the world and the ...more
Sasha Boersma
Jul 11, 2015 Sasha Boersma rated it liked it
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The book is a somewhat memoir-ish, with the author collecting various stories of various uncomfortable topics in narrative-essay form. It starts a bit slow and dark, but if you stick with it, her stories get a bit more lighthearted (in perspective). Having only read her later YA work, (and being a fan of it) I was surprised to read such edge, but I liked it! Not quite my sense of humour, but a worthwhile read.
Marian
Jul 08, 2008 Marian rated it liked it
Great quick, short stories about amusing topics. I highly recommend it for some mindless, entertaining reading. One of my favorites was titled, "Cats Are Not People: Questions you should ask yourself when considering the line (and how you cross it) between cats and people."
I really would like to give it a 3.5 instead of a 3.0, but I guess that's not possible.
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Aug 15, 2012 Ethan rated it really liked it
One of my go-to favourites when I'm in need of a seriously good LOL.
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Mariko Tamaki is a Toronto writer, playwright, activist and performer. She works and performs with fat activists Pretty Porky and Pissed Off and the theatre troupe TOA, whose recent play, A vs. B, was staged at the 2004 Rhubarb Festival at Buddies in Bad Times Theatre. Her well-received novel, Cover Me (McGilligan Books) was followed by a short fiction collection, True Lies: The Book of Bad Advice ...more
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