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Horseradish: Bitter Truths You Can't Avoid Hardcover – Bargain Price, April 24, 2007

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About the Author

Lemony Snicket claims he was nowhere near the scene of the crime. He is the author of several other unpleasant stories, including those in the bestselling A Series of Unfortunate Events and The Lump of Coal.

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 176 pages
  • Publisher: HarperCollins (May 1, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0061240060
  • ASIN: B0013L4CRM
  • Product Dimensions: 7.2 x 5.3 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (43 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #961,317 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Lemony Snicket claims he was nowhere near the scene of the crime. He is the author of several other unpleasant stories, including those in the bestselling A Series of Unfortunate Events and The Lump of Coal.

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57 of 57 people found the following review helpful By Lisa Dawn on April 27, 2007
Format: Hardcover
Think of this book as an advice book Snicket-style. Each page has a quote on it pertaining to family, love, work, school, death, and other universal topics. Some of the quotes are just silly and others are outlandishly clever, as would be expected from a Lemony Snicket book. No, it isn't a story about the Baudelaires or Mr. Snicket's life, but it does contain some of the best quotes in A Series of Unfortunate Events along with other original ones. These are the lines that you would be frantically flipping through every book of A Series of Unfortunate Events to find because they are so brilliant, but you simply can't remember the correct page number. One of the more memorable ones is the beautiful quote about the death of a loved one that was first found in The Reptile Room. Therefore, I find it very convenient to have all of these witticisms together in one easy-to-scroll-through book.

It begins with a short and ironically tragic story about a woman searching for knowledge, and the rest of the book contains the sad, yet brutally honest knowledge that she was never able to find. Each page has a message that you probably weren't expecting, and I guarrantee that whoever reads this book will find at least one of the quotes to be brilliant. It's a very good book to read if you are down and are seeking wisdom that won't give you false hope or advice that won't actually work.
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26 of 27 people found the following review helpful By L. Smith on September 28, 2007
Format: Hardcover
I got this book for my 18th birthday and thought it was very fitting. No, it does not tell an actual story; yes, it is a little expensive; and no, your young children probably won't enjoy it as much as you hoped they would. It's aimed more at YA and up and is basically a book of Snicketified proverbs that will temporarily relieve some of the bitterness that goes along with these truths.

There is never anything surprising that Lemony Snicket puts out, so stop acting disappointed when you should have known perfectly well what the book would be like. If you're not a fan of Lemony Snicket already or can't yet define the word satirical, then you're not likely to enjoy it.
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47 of 55 people found the following review helpful By K. Walgrave on April 27, 2007
Format: Hardcover
In purchasing this book I was expecting something similar to the Unauthorized Autobiography or the Beatrice Letters. Let me tell you, this book is NOT that. This book contains 13 chapters on various topics. The content of the book is like reading chinese proverbs with a Lemony Snicket twist. You won't learn anything about the Series of Unfortunate Events, if that is what you are expecting. You also learn nothing about Lemony Snicket himself (other than to see his pessimistic nature once again).

All in all, if you are looking for something related to the Series of Unfortunate Events I wouldn't recommend this book. If you like reading chinese proverbs, and you like the Snicket writing style, I would recommend it.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By S. Davitt-Style on June 19, 2007
Format: Hardcover
Highly entertaining and dispite its lack of gore, or bad language it is a book likely best read by *adults* This book is comprised of little inerently depressing wisdoms, truths and anedotal evidence and homilies from strange countries where they occasionally mishear things.

If you enjoyed the SoUE and laughed yourseilf silly at the subtle twists of language like, -- when the gibrish speaking baby finds the neckties to lower into the elevator shaft, and announces in her baby voice... "Armani!" --you will likely enjoy this book.

If not, its a quick read, so the book will still look new when you give it away.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By S. Darrow on June 12, 2008
Format: Hardcover
Snarky and Sarcastic...and just a little bit funny. I didn't love this book,but I didn't hate it either. It is mostly made up of quotes about different subjects. Had I not ordered this on a whim, I would not have purchased it say...at a bookstore, where you can take a peek.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By R. C. Helmer on April 5, 2008
Format: Hardcover
this is a very short book but a really long message. Each quote of Lemony Snicket barely takes up a page, but each one has so much meaning that i regularly use them in conversation. Every thing he wrote seems insane but no one i have ever met can contradict whats in this book.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Yesenia C. De Hoz on June 1, 2007
Format: Hardcover
it was a great book, written in the style only lemony snicket knows, if you like to read quotes, etc, you'll love this book, but it has absolutely no information on the Baudalaires or on anything related to A Series of Unfortunate Events
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Format: Hardcover
This book is full of juicy, satrical anctedotes that I enjoyed. Cliches are twisted and given new meaning. Truisms are written in an interesting and often clever way. This is something that you can pick up fast and read in between reading another book, studying, or in transit somewhere. It's a quick read, but worth having around.

Some of my favorite quotes in this book (as this book is nothing but interesting quotations by the author).

"There are times to stay put, and what you want will come to you, and there are times to go out into the world and find such a thing yourself."

"If writers wrote as carelessly as some people talk, then adhasdh asdglaseuyt [bn[ pasdlgkhasdfasdf."

"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."

"It is one of life's bitterest truths that bedtime so often arrives just when things are really getting interesting."

"Members of your family might say they are working hard all day long, while you are off at school or clarinet lessons, but the only way to know this for sure is to follow them at a discreet distance."
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