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Balsamic Dreams: A Short But Self-Important History of the Baby Boomer Generation Paperback – June 1, 2002
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The book is a loose collection of essays that excoriate, dissect, and firmly pin to the dart board the stereotypical "Baby Boomer" (a term which, with his usual irony, Queenan capitalizes). For Queenan's purposes, the official definition of a Baby Boomer is slightly outside the officially recognized statistical boundaries and includes those born between 1943 and 1960 or 1962. In his "Disclaimer Chapter," Queenan humbly acknowledges his own membership in this group.Read more ›
That said, the book starts slowly. Queenan's last book (the hilarious "Red Lobster, White Trash and the Blue Lagoon") saw him actually experiencing things. "Balsalmic Dreams," however, reads more like an essay, and it takes Quenan about half the book to really get warmed up. By the time he comes to the Chapter entitled "What a Fool Believes" and deservedly lambastes Tom Brokaw's silly notion of "The Greatest Generation," the book becomes laugh out loud funny. Queenan goes on to portray an alternative version of American History told as if Boomer values had been held by historical figures. Under this scenerio, Thomas Jefferson is impeached for having an affair with his "nanny" and Abraham Lincoln delivers a touchy-feely Gettysburg Address.
In the end, "Basalmic Dreams" is properly subtitled. It is indeed short at a mere 210 pages and it reeks of self-importance (in a self-effacing way). It is also quite funny, especially in the second half. Hopefully, its readership will also get its message and learn to "mellow out."
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Dull and self-centered as 94% of the generation he's writing about. I'd sell you my copy for under a cent if I hadn't already thrown it in the trash.Published 2 days ago by CityBoyInBurbs
wow! What a painful yet hilarious look at the Baby Boomer Generation. Genius.Published 2 months ago by David Gonzales
I picked up this book for a third time when someone who was reading it on my recommendation (at least partly) complained that it wasn't funny. Read morePublished 5 months ago by Christopher (o.d.c.)
Bottom Line First:
Joe Queenan is a capable writer, but if he is capable of being funny Balsamic Dreams is not proof. Read more
Very funny! I'm a baby boomer and I like his witty turn of phrases that described the baby boomers perceptions of the world at large and their role in it. Read morePublished 12 months ago by Michael Francis
I read a Joe Queenan article in a magazine and couldn't stop laughing. The book was interesting, but not as amusing.Published 13 months ago by Sandra Cohen
It's encouraging to see so many reviews of this book. People must be desperate to escape TV. And let's not miss there are a decent number of positive reviews. Read morePublished 19 months ago by Stewart Nusbaumer
After picking up Joe Queenan's fine "One for the Books" a couple weeks ago, I vowed to read all his books. Read morePublished 20 months ago by Timothy R. Sullivan
This sad collection of disconnected essays about how Baby Boomers have failed to live up to their promise is a most disappointing series of insults and slurs against an entire... Read morePublished on October 16, 2013 by Donna Einhorn