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In the Event of My Untimely Demise by Brian Sack
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May 13, 10

it was ok
bookshelves: random-non-fiction
Read from May 09 to 11, 2010

This gets off to a good start with author Brian Sack poignantly remembering the letter his mother left for him (she died of breast cancer when he was a young man). It's a heartfelt moment in the book and sets a nice tone.
As the pages turn, however, the book moves from this sentimental premise to something closer to a memoir or set of anecdotes. What was meant to be a message for Sack's own sons turns into a chance for the author to insert jokes at every possible opportunity. This can't-turn-a-joke-down pace takes a lot away from the book's initial foundation and made me begin to think that Sack should've stayed the course (and he's probably not as funny as he thinks he is).
A bit self-indulgent, but the intro, first 30 pages and conclusion help save it.

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