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Kinky Friedman's Guide to Texas Etiquette: Or How to Get to Heaven or Hell Without Going Through Dallas-Fort Worth Hardcover – September 18, 2001


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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 208 pages
  • Publisher: William Morrow; 1st edition (September 18, 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0066209889
  • ISBN-13: 978-0066209883
  • Product Dimensions: 8.3 x 5.8 x 0.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.8 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (33 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,180,179 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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The commander-in-chief has called Friedman "a Texas legend," but the Kinkster hardly mentions GW a-tall, filling these pages instead with "Things You Would Never Hear a Real Texan Say" ("I'll have a decaf latte, please") and "The Texas Celebrity High School Football Hall of Fame," which reminds us that Tommy Lee Jones was guard for the Saint Mark's School of Texas Lions in Dallas. The Kinkster includes an invaluable glossary, "Texas Talk" (e.g., "'turd floater'--a very heavy downpour"); waxes poetic about the Alamo, the Yellow Rose, and Luckenbach; cracks wise about the weather, Aggies (Texas A & M students and alums), and armadillos; and quotes Willie Nelson, the Zen Texan featured in Friedman's 1997 mystery, Road Kill: "If you ain't crazy, there's something wrong with you." Interspersed with all the Texas ephemera are articles Friedman published first in such magazines as Rolling Stone and High Times, on topics ranging from the roots of Texas rock 'n' roll to the late Ace Reid, "the world's greatest cowboy cartoonist." Benjamin Segedin
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About the Author

Kinky Friedman is an author, musician, defender of strays, cigar smoker, and the governor of the heart of Texas.


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Customer Reviews

Texans, you need this book- you'll understand it perfectly.
K. Brantingham
I haven't read any of Kinky's other stuff but I imagine the humor is about the same - can be read in parts so makes a good "bathroom" book.
John Nichols
What I found was a hilarious book about Texas and Texans in general.
Dale Ray Thomas

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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful By K. Brantingham on December 12, 2006
Format: Paperback
I disagree with the reviewer who stated that Texans would not find this book amusing. I am a Texan and I find This book to be absolutely fantastic, hilarious, and honest. Kinky is not disrespecting people from the lonestar state, just having a laugh. He is proud of Texas and this book shows that in addition to making fun of things we make fun of all the time! Texans, you need this book- you'll understand it perfectly. Non-Texans, you need it as well, I promise that you will laugh.
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15 of 18 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on September 9, 2002
Format: Hardcover
As a devoted fan of Kinky Friedman, I've got all his books and even listened to some of his music. Of course I loved this book. It's full of the little gems that make you laugh out loud - and cause other people on the plane to look at you funny. What I noticed (because I've read all of his books several times) is that this book is like a "Greatest Hits" album, in that it is mainly composed of the good snippits from his books. That is not to say I didn't think it was great; I bought it for the same reason you buy "Best Of" albums when you've got all the songs already because you own all of the band's albums: all the good stuff is in one place! Keep 'em coming, Kinkster!
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12 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Max Swafford on October 24, 2001
Format: Hardcover
Kinky's "Guide..." is a bit of a twist for the author, speaking as someone who has read virtually everything he's ever written. I have to say, it's clever, features some very unusual pieces for the author, and as always, will have you laughing out every orafice.
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11 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Esther Rabinowitz on September 20, 2001
Format: Hardcover
This is a collection of Kinky's humor pieces, essays and profiles that could conceivably be called journalism, written for various magazines over the last decade. Some are terrific, some are just so-so, and rather unforgivably, some are stolen directly from those unattributed emails that get passed around the net. If you've had an email account for at least six weeks, you'll recognize the ones I mean. And frankly, that's just tacky. But if you're looking for something light to read at the airport, you could do worse.
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10 of 13 people found the following review helpful By R. Platten on December 29, 2002
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
Kinky is at his irreverent best here in a scrap book style book that generally talks about Texas, but wanders onto other topics without any particular reason. If you can't laugh at this book you can't laugh at all.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By J. Samuel Gregory Jr. on July 20, 2005
Format: Paperback
Even though I'm not from Texas I found this book to be both funny and informative. Once again Kinky has penned yet another satirical classic that everyone should enjoy. Not a "who-done-it" but a hilarious look into The Lonestar State and what makes it great!
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12 of 17 people found the following review helpful By J. Guild TOP 1000 REVIEWER on October 31, 2003
Format: Hardcover
James Joyce writes about Dublin like Friedman writes about Texas.I suspect the Dubliners could no more understand Kinky than could Texans understand James nor do I expect either would want to.This book is a collection of stuff that, though not too deep, is very enjoyable.
How's this for some simple philosophy that can be applied to anywhere..
"It's no disgrace to come from Texas;it's just a disgrace to have to go back there."
Or think about this...
"Somewhere in the universe there is a planet inhabited principally by sentient armadillos who occasionally carve up dead humans and sell them as baskets by the roadside."
Enjoy!
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Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
Kinky Friedman's unique and humourous take on life in Texas is spot on. My family is from Texas and it is one of the many places I lived over the years. He captures the essence of what makes Texans a breed of their own and coins phrases to describe that are coulourful and hilarious.
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