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Not Tonight, Honey by Susan Reinhardt
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Jun 25, 12

Read from May 27 to June 22, 2012

I always feel a little cheated when a book of purportedly humorous essays includes ones that are total downers. Many in this book were laugh-out-loud, but then Reinhardt would throw one in about a friend who died of cancer or how sad sending her children to school was. It was very disconcerting.

I do love self-deprecating humor, and Reinhart is exceptional at it. But she's too heavy-handed with adjectives and sometimes just seems to be trying too hard. And as a childless woman, I had trouble relating to a lot of her essays. And the one about her breast-feeding her child until she was nearly 3 years old made me very uncomfortable, which perhaps was her point.

I just like humor to be a little more broadly targeted. The tagline on the front says something about her being the "southern David Sedaris." Sedaris and I live very different lives, but his humor still appeals to me. I wish Reinhart's had as broad a funny brush, as well.
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