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Everybody Says Hello Hardcover – April 16, 2012
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Top Customer Reviews
Sid Straw is not Joseph K. or Gregor Samsa, but if Kafka wanted a funny book to read, this would be my recommendation.
Prior reading of The Locklear Letters should be a prerequisite for this book, as it explains Sid's beginning, and how he has a real (but realistically platonic) relationship with Heather Locklear.
Kun's deconstruction of both Charlie Sheen and Denise Richards are reasons enough to buy this book.
There are 3 types of people who should read Everybody Says Hello:
If you are a Michael Kun fan (and who isn't?), Everybody Says Hello will fan the flames of your fandom.
If you enjoyed The Locklear Letters (and who didn't?), you will adore Everybody Says Hello.
If you love Jewish humor written by gentiles (and who doesn't?), you will kvel as if the author were your youngest child.
Everybody Says Hello is such a fabulous book that it reduces even the most pompous critics to spewers of blurbs. For example:
The funniest letters since St. Paul wrote to the Thessalonians!
Reads so fast you will finish it in one sitting . . . even if you are not constipated!
Delivers at least two laughs per page, even on those pages with only one word!
Epitomizes the epistolary novel: All pistols appearing in the first chapter are fired in the last chapter!
Best use of the color yellow (Yellow Pages, Yellow Cake, yellow narrator) since Alice Walker's The Color Yellow.
Examines what people really mean when they say "Everybody Says Hello"!
Provides the most incisive survey of American hotels and motels since Lolita!
Read it before Denise Richards sues the author for defamation of character!
Read it before the author counter-sues Denise Richards for defamation of character!
(Spoiler alert) The book not only has a happy ending, it ends happily!
Michael Kun, you are the Big Ka-Kun-a!
I'm amazed at how he can weave a whole complicated story in this epistolary style, especially when told exclusively form one perspective, that of the inimitable Sid Straw. The reader is left to fill in blanks as he complains about stationary, commits outrageous faux pas about coworkers, befriends transvestites and frets over vandalizing yellow pages. Kun gives just enough information for us to imagine the whole messy world Sid is muddling through, and never lapses into staged or situational writing.
Through all we're told a moving story of a rather clueless but decent guy looking to find his share of happiness in an often indifferent or sometimes hostile world. You'll be pulling for Sid the whole way!
Most Recent Customer Reviews
it was an entertaining, funny and interesting book that i look forward to reading again, and again, and again. it won its place in my bookshelf.Published on February 14, 2014 by Alfonso Navarrete
When someone I know asks me for a book recommendation, I usually throw out The Locklear Letters, by Michael Kun. Read morePublished on July 22, 2013 by Jason Donnelly
Michael Kun's Everybody Says Hello is a wonderful, funny epistolary (it means "consisting of letters," I looked it up a minute ago) novel. Read morePublished on July 23, 2012 by Lilian @ A Novel Toybox
Sid Straw isn't just anyone. Everybody Says Hello is now the second book that he's been featured in, the first of which was The Locklear Letters, a novel comprised of letters to... Read morePublished on June 28, 2012 by Sean P. Ferguson
This book is hilarious! Seriously! This is an epistolary novel, written through one-sided correspondences by Sid Straw through his many misadventures as he relocates to California... Read morePublished on June 19, 2012 by Shantria W
Wow! This book was very good. I look forward to the letters in other books, and since book was all letters I loved it! Ive never read anything like it. Read morePublished on June 15, 2012 by Amazon Customer
Michael Kun's newest book is a great summer read. It is fast, funny and fully engaging. After buying a couple of his other works, The Football Un-cyclopedia and The Baseball... Read morePublished on June 12, 2012 by Amy S
Its summertime and you want to bring a fun book to the beach, to the pool, or on that plane trip in which you are sandwiched between strangers. Read morePublished on June 11, 2012 by TRC