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Bertha Venation: And Hundreds of Other Funny Names of Real People

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An ideal gift book with personality and charm, Bertha Venation is a legendary editor's lifetime collection of the amazing names of actual people, with his own inimitable wit, commentary, and stories.

Roger Gotobed . . . Ida Slaptor . . . Formica Dinette . . . Honeysuckle Weeks . . . Gay Beach . . . Sappho Clissit . . . Dimple Mystery

This colorful collection of extraordinary
Hardcover, 176 pages
Published October 16th 2007 by Harper
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I hope that Larry Ashmead puts more effort into his job as an editor than he bothered to put into this disappointing, totally shameless excuse for a book.

Here is page 2, almost in its entirety:

here's a recent list of babies born in Upstate New York.

Caiden Lee
Tyler Ryan
carly Morgan
Jeremiah James Jr.
Sarafia Frances
Brianna Darcie
Hayles Tasha
Sabryn Maura
Bethanyann Busta
Kai Nolan
Autumn Elizabeth
Ashlwyn Zoe
Trinity Jade

Bette Harrison, who keeps an eye on new arrivals at O' Grady Hospital in Atlanta,
Eva Leger
Mar 31, 2012 Eva Leger rated it did not like it
Shelves: b-non-fiction, wtf, humor
Oh man. I was kind of hoping this would be hilarious but if the reviews are telling the truth - and I think they just may be - it's going to be a real disappointment. Luckily I only paid 50 cents for it at Goodwill. :)
I'm going to start glancing trough it today since it's not an actual story and won't take long to finish. Plus, if it sucks as bad as these reviewers say I want it out of here asap.

And guess what all? Oh God I feel bad saying this because the author truly comes off like such a nic
Feb 22, 2016 Gabrielle rated it it was ok

I picked up this book because it sounded so cool but I was just genuinely disappointed???

There really wasn't anything to it? It was just kind of a collection of different names and a rating of their strangeness?

I genuinely wanted to laugh at this book. I wanted to think it was funny, because the premise itself sounds genuinely hilarious!

And yet, I just couldn't. It definitely did have its moments! Just not as many as I thought I would when I originally picked it up.
Aug 12, 2008 D'Anne rated it did not like it
Shelves: non-fiction
I picked this book up from the library because the title made me laugh out loud. Unfortunately the rest of the book isn't so funny. Sure there are plenty of funny names mentioned, but to get to them one must also endure the ramblings of Larry Ashmead, who isn't all that interesting. I never did get to the part about the origins of the name the book uses as its title, but I did read several anecdotes about Ashmead's mother and his friends in the publishing world. My guess is that people who ...more
May 15, 2008 Beth rated it it was ok
Totally disappointed. I was so excited to read this, but it was actually kinda boring. Plus, Ashmead kept adding in stories that had NOTHING to do with anything - for example, what the heck was the Alec Guinness story doing in there?! It was about how the great actor told some kid not to depend so much on Star Wars- and had nothing to do with funny names! Here's hoping any future books will be better.
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So much material for humor, but grows sadly tedious.
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