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4.05  ·  Rating details ·  6,945 ratings  ·  716 reviews

Lemony Snicket's work is filled with bitter truths, like: 'It is always cruel to laugh at people, of course, although sometimes if they are wearing an ugly hat it is hard to control yourself.' Or: 'It is very easy to say that the important thing is to try your best, but if you are in real trouble the most important thing is not trying your best, but getting to safety.'


Hardcover, 168 pages
Published April 24th 2007 by HarperCollins
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Jesse (JesseTheReader)
Jun 12, 2014 rated it really liked it
Oh my goodness, I loved this so much. It's full of brilliant little snippets of snicket's hilarious and beautiful writing. If you're a fan of Lemony Snicket, this is a must read. ...more
When I first saw this book, I thought to myself, "What a waste. It's one of those silly quote books, with at most a paragraph a page. Harumph." Yet once I was half-way through, I found myself thinking, "Every kid needs to know these things, preferably with as little pain as possible. This book is that painless means by which one may inform them, gently, of the inherent unfairness and occasional joys of life." By the time I was finished, I wished I could hop into a time machine, travel back in ti ...more
Nov 09, 2007 rated it really liked it
Shelves: kids-lit
This book is full of very short snippets of Snicket wonderfulness. It took me about 1 hour to read, and that was with me stopping to giggle and interrupt my friend (who was also reading) every 3 minutes to read aloud something.
Very funny, very insightful. I think anyone with a twisted sense of what is wonderful and terrible will enjoy this.
Sep 26, 2011 rated it really liked it
Life is a turbulent journey,
fraught with confusion,
and inconvenience.

This book will not help.

…or at least, that's what the blurb reads. I think this exactly the sort of book it's nice to have around when you're down and struggling with life's inherent unfairness.

Horseradish: Bitter Truths You Can't Avoid is a compilation of quotes from A Series of Unfortunate Events, Lemony Snicket, the Unauthorized Autobiography, and The Beatrice Letters and I am ecstatic to have finally gotten m
Dec 21, 2019 rated it liked it
"There are some who say that sitting at home reading is the equivalent of travel, because the experience described in the books are more or less the same as the experiences one might have on a voyage, and there are those who say that there is no substitute for venturing out into the world. My own opinion is that it is best to travel extensively but to read the entire time, hardly glancing up to look out the window of the airplane, train, or hired camel." ...more
Jon Nikrich
Sometimes I read books with my son.
Sometimes I read short books because I made a commitment to read 80 books in a year.
Sometimes I do both and misleadingly claim I am multi-tasking.
Jul 22, 2008 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: anyone who enjoyed Lemony Snicket's random quotes in A Series of Unfortunate Events.
This book is hilarious! It has many random bits from the Series of Unfortunate events. I think this book would make a great book for the coffee table, because you could open it up and giggle at it without having to read a whole story. I just recently read the series of unfortunate events and it was fun to find quotes that I had read aloud to my roommate.
MissBecka Gee
Sep 16, 2020 rated it it was ok
Completely pointless, and yet mildly amusing.
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Apr 10, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: middle-grade
4.5 STARS!
While some of this was more common sense, a lot of these were kind of wake up calls and others were just funny. They carry that same sense of doom that all of Snicket's words seem to convey, which I loved.
There was just something about this, it was a quick read but I still felt enlightened despite having already known and experienced most of these things (which may be why I loved it even more). He also described some things so perfectly, I just couldn't help but love this little collec
Erika B. (SOS BOOKS)
Aug 11, 2011 rated it really liked it
Shelves: inspire-me
O Lemony Snicket how I love you! He's like the Tim Burton of books! This book is a book of quotes-bitter truths you can't avoid! :) My two favorite quotes from this book-

"Everyone, at some point in their lives, wakes up in the middle of the night with the feeling that they are all alone in the world, and that nobody loves them now and that nobody will ever love them, and that they will never have a decent night's sleep again and will spend their lives wandering blearily around a loveless landsca
Mar 30, 2017 rated it really liked it
I actually started this book a while back and couldn't get into it. However, in cleaning off my desk I saw that it had a bookmark in it, indicating that I wasn't that far. So, I picked it up again today.

And I finished it.

It's not a story, so don't go into it thinking you will get a tale. However, it has some great little quotes, some serious. Some humorous. Because of this, I was able to enjoy it. For example, I really liked "Everyone should be able to do one card trick, tell two jokes, and reci
Chloe Williams
Dec 11, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Back in elementary school I had a huge love for the Series of Unfortunate Events by Lemony Snicket, I would read these books over and over again and once I had read the whole series over and over again I finally pushed the books aside and moved onto bigger and better things. However, the other day when I was going through a pile of $1.00 books in an old book store I came across this book by Lemony Snicket, quickly a feeling of nostalgia came over me and I was forced to run to the clerk and purch ...more
Brendan Oshida
Jan 10, 2017 rated it really liked it
I actually liked this book a lot more than I thought I would! I thought that there novel was very witty and creative. I laughed a lot and got confused on only a few things. You do have to have a sense of humor to get it, as I was told by the person who recommended it to me. I would recommend this!
Aug 21, 2010 rated it really liked it
Shelves: dark, humor, life, ya, adult, not-graphic, j
How could I not give this a positive review with such obvious panders as:

Never trust anyone who has not brought a book with them.


A good library will never be too neat, or too dusty, because somebody will always be in it, taking books off the shelves and staying up late reading them.

Because even though those examples aren't what give Snicket's collection their depth,

One of the remarkable things about love is that, despite very irritating people writing poems and songs about how pleasant it is,
Jan 14, 2011 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Lemony Lovers =)
Recommended to Briana by: Some random bubbly patron <3
Read 95% of the book with a smile on my face. Snicket is rare, wonderful, and refreshing!!

Eight of my fave "truths you can't avoid":

Perhaps if we saw what was ahead of us, and glimpsed the crimes, follies, and misfortunes that would befall us later on, we would all stay in our mother's wombs, and then there would be nobody in the world but a great number of very fat, very irritated women.

It is one of life's bitterest truths that bedtime so often arrives just when things are really getting intere
Sondra Santos
Sep 07, 2007 rated it it was amazing
I just happened upon this quirky litle book in the store where I 'moonlight' on the weekends. There was one copy face-out on a display table with other books with titles like "7 Secrets of Success" or "6 Lessons on Life" ...

This one obviously stood out among the others, with its simply clean cover and of course, the interesting title. I picked it up to find out more.

It didn't take very long to read through the entire book. With chapters laid out on different aspects of one's life (Family, Home,
Jul 03, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: juvenile
I can't get enough of Lemony Snicket's dry, droll humor. In Horseradish, Lemony gives a collection of life's bitter truths. Here are some of my favorite quotes:

"Never trust anyone who has not brought a book with them."

"It is a curious thing, the death of a loved one. We all know that our time in this world is limited, and that eventually all of us will end up underneath some sheet, never to wake up. And yet it is always a surprise when it happens to someone you know. It is like walking up the st
Summer SSS
Oct 14, 2020 rated it really liked it
I forgot how Lemony Snicket’s writing is like pure serotonin in my brain. Somehow even when he’s writing bitterly it’s comforting?! Sorcery

However, like any collection of quotes, some are great, some fall flat, some are not great.

Honestly, even though I liked reading this collection, part of me thinks they were better in context and in the series.
Aug 27, 2009 rated it liked it
I chose to read "Horseradish" in part because of the hilarious cover and in part because I've heard so many great things about Snicket (and loved his picture book,The Composer Is Dead) but his Series of Unfortunate Events has never really appealed to me. This is supposedly a "bouquet of alarming but inescapable truths [from Snicket's work:] along with selections from his unpublished papers and remarks he has made at dinner parties and anarchist riots, in order to remind the reader that even the ...more
Dec 17, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: childrens-books
Snicket's constant sense of doom, of paranoia, of absurdity, never gets old for me. He undermines his own words by insisting that anything typed is not necessarily true, but offers advice so strange one has to listen to it. He brings up the oddities surrounding us that are hardly ever recognized, or restates the obvious banalities of life so as to make you think about why you do what you do. You can hear the voice of reason and the actual thoughts of an author bleeding through his quotes - somet ...more
Dec 01, 2011 rated it liked it
There were some gems in this book, real laugh-out-loud ones with LS's typical humour and I would definitely recommend it as a flick through read. It would also be a very good taste of his style for anyone interested ...more
Thomas A Andrew
Jan 31, 2017 rated it really liked it
Full of amazing, witty quotes and pieces of writing that make you happier having read them. Written in Lemony Snicket's unique voice, this book may not take you long to read through eagerly, but the words make you think about how you are living your life. I truly love this author. ...more
First Second Books
I think that Lemony Snicket’s advice about putting cats in your mouth if you’re allergic – don’t do it – is excellent.

That is all I have to say about this book.
May 26, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Lemony Snicket is one of my most favorite authors. If you agree, then ignore the title of this book. Even if you own or have read "Horseradish: Bitter Truths You Can't Avoid," there are mostly new quotes in this book, along with stylish and modern illustrations, some of which are fan art. Of course it includes a two-page print of one of my most favorite quotes: "never trust anyone who has not brought a book with them." This book is short and beautiful, so I'll only share one more that I particul ...more
Charlotte Fairbanks
Sep 24, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I read this in one sitting!!! I loved it! Definitely the best quote book out there! (In my opinion) Totally recommend!!!

"A good library will never be too neat, or too dusty, because someone will always be in it, taking books off shelves and staying up late reading them."
-Lemony Snicket
Panda Incognito
"So much inspiration and hope can be found in the pages of books other than this one."

When I first saw this on order at my library, I wondered if it was simply a reprint of the previous quote collection, "Horseradish: Bitter Truths You Can't Avoid," but I requested it anyway, since I would enjoy looking at the new illustrations. Happily for me, this is a brand new book! Although it does include some of the best quotes from the past, it predominantly features lines from more recent works, along w
Dec 13, 2016 rated it did not like it
It turns out, this is really not even a book. It's just a bunch of pages with quick paragraphs or sentences bound together.
The whole idea of this book is to present advice in a witty or humorous way. But it isn't really all that witty or humorous, because the author's just using a schtick. You know what, I can make another entry just like it out of the template he kept using: "Taking Physics is just like having a car accident. You're in utter terror throughout the whole experience and ultimatel
Nov 03, 2009 rated it really liked it
Shelves: children
Great fun! This is a charming and depressing book of quotes about some of the bitter truths of life. Some of these quotes I recognized from his unfortunate series but others are twisted truths and gloomy observations of common expressions. Like, "There are some people who believe that home is where one hangs one's hat, but these people tend to live in closets and on little pegs."

I particularly liked the quotes about reading and libraries. For example: "A library is like an island in the middle o
Nov 03, 2013 rated it really liked it
I found this at a library sale for $1 when I hadn't had the greatest of days. I opened it up twice, at random, and landed on the two quotes I shared on my status updates, clinching the purchase.

If you've read "A Series of Unfortunate Events," some of this might seem superfluous, but if you don't know Lemony Snicket, some of those same quotes are going to seem completely off-the-wall. And, yet, there are some quotes (including one about aphorisms at the end) that I think would've made me chuckle
Sep 27, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: humor
If you like Lemony Snicket, you'll enjoy this book. If you have stitches in your lip, it will be somewhat painful to read this book as it will be difficult to not laugh or smile. Please wait until you are all healed. And by "healed" we mean "no longer having stitches in your lip."

'Horseradish' is an excellent name for the book; bitter truths indeed. Funny, and worth reading (especially to your angsty 12-year old girl or 14-year old boy), but bitter.
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Lemony Snicket had an unusual education and a perplexing youth and now endures a despondent adulthood. His previous published works include the thirteen volumes in A Series of Unfortunate Events, The Composer is Dead, and 13 Words. His new series is All The Wrong Questions.

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