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Half Empty by David Rakoff
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Jul 26, 2011

This is not a quick read, but David Rakoff's offbeat humor and insight into the human condition makes it worthwhile. If you don't like skewering satire, then this book isn't for you. Rakoff looks at a variety of situations from his life and finds that indeed life usually throws you more curves that you want. The phrase "Everything will turn out for the best" is not in his repertoire.

One of the funniest is his chapter on the Jews love affair with pork. This sounds like one of those things where people indulge in all the hidden taboos in the comfort of their own homes. Sort of like eating the pint of Hagen Daaz in your bathroom.

Rakoff has a self deprecating humor that toggles between hilarious and sad. The last chapter is a heart felt look at a major crisis in his life, which actually did turn out for the best. Growing up he had everything against him, but someone made things work out for himself.

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