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Product Details

  • Paperback: 218 pages
  • Publisher: Aquitaine Media Corp. (July 15, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0984696512
  • ISBN-13: 978-0984696512
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.5 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8.5 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (25 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #482,567 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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This is an easy and enjoyable read.
Laurie Goldstein
While each of David Tabak's stories is unique in character and storyline, they're all incredibly smart with a dark, witty humor.
Mickilv
There are parts that are laugh out loud funny.
Disgruntled

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Booklover on September 21, 2012
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Great stories. There 's humor and suspense. Could not put it down, read it into the wee hours of the morning
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Brandi Barker on July 7, 2013
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I bought this book because I know the author but I read it because it's fabulous. David's writing makes the mundane absolutely delicious! If you have ever stood in line at the drugstore or DMV and pondered about the backstory of the person standing behind you muttering obscenities to themselves; this book is for you. The characters are quirky and you might even find one of them thinking one of those thoughts you'd never share with anyone, not even your dog.
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This is an extraordinary book of stories. It is an always surprising, sometimes disturbing, but always deft evocation of the inner life of characters ill at ease with their lives.

Several stories are favorites: The Naked Sniper; I'm With Stupid (the ending was devastating); Veal (really strange, but compelling); and Straight and Narrow, which captures perfectly the "voice" of the fussy professional and the effects of family dynamics. Five People is hilarious, and would make a great radio play. In A Stone's Throw Tabak get both families just right: the to-the-bone exhaustion of work, marriage, and small children that is the same if you've got money in the bank or not, the yearning for something different or better, the sense of failure and diminishment each man feels. The story as a whole is very powerful. And I laughed out loud reading Mulligan. I loved Tabak's description of the protagonist as "...an Eliza Doolittle with a five iron or some sort of heretic waiting to be baptized in a water hazard."
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By Jeff Flodin on March 4, 2013
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The stories in Lather Rinse Repeat propelled me into David Tabak's world. And what a strange and wondrous world they inhabit. Part of their allure is their universality. Ordinary people plunged into extraordinary circumstances. What is more benign than a seven year-old's birthday party? More mundane than a bureaucrat's commute? These folks do not live in the Addams Family mansion, with names like Morticia. They live next door--albeit behind closed doors and drawn shades. Ordinary people, like you and me. And we all think we're ordinary, at least by degrees, don't we? Reading the stories of Lather Rinse repeat is like watching a Hitchcock movie--everyman's bad day, when the planets' alignment is so precarious, yet so natural, that not even your daily horoscope warns you to sit this one out. Most entertaining, most compelling.
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By Disgruntled on November 13, 2012
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Lather Rinse Repeat is a funny book. I don't mean that is a book of humor. There are parts that are laugh out loud funny. What I mean is often the funniest parts are also the saddest. Tabak's characters exist in a world that at best is out to get them or at worst is determined to ignore them. There are times when Tabak hits a little too close for comfort, but, in the end, no one is ever completely destroyed. To paraphrase Dorothy Parker, there are always fresh Hells awaiting tomorrow. I recommend this book to fans of Russian Literature (think Gogol) or Southern writers (think O'Connor). I guarantee you at least one of Tabak's characters will inflict you like the worst earworm (think Carpenters).
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Fun & Funny, Mr. Tabak has created a great combination of gutsy prose and comical tragedy. He's proven himself to be a fearless writer of characters who fear everything. Well Written, a great book to give as a gift, especially to people you don't want to get together with for the holidays because this will keep them at home, reading, and away from your doorstep.
Beware of the homophobic juggling hemophiliac cannibal on page 37, she takes herself way too seriously and should have stopped toe-sucking while she had the chance. I don't want to give away her ending (oh rats, I think i just did), but she certainly gets her just deserts.
Enjoy this book and stop your whining.
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By Josh Lunsky on October 28, 2013
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A hilarious must read! Lather, Rinse, Repeat will keep you laughing with stories about the obsessive love affair we all have with our deepest insecurities and most absurd short comings. Witty, funny and poignant (optional) David Tabak celebrates how we cherish our own brand of self loathing, how we nurture it into a secret virtue, and then use it as a measuring stick to judge the world and those poor, less evolved individuals who suffer from an underdeveloped sense of self loathing. If you like to laugh Buy This Book! Lather, Rinse, Repeat will not fail you. You'll read it over and over again. Then recommend it to other highly evolved friends to enjoy.
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By gwen macsai on May 20, 2013
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If Woody Allen, Dante and Charles Adams had a three-way, their love child would be David Tabak. These stories are dark, twisted and hilarious, three of my favorite characteristics. Like the overused metaphor of the car accident you can't turn away from, I was drawn to these stories and characters with a macabre fascination, a little bit of horror and a thank-God-it's-not-me sigh of relief. Carefully drawn and really funny, the people in this collection are in us all, even though none of us would ever admit it in public. Or private for that matter. Buy it, read it, recommend it. You'll be richer, and happier for it, in the gloomiest kind of way.
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David Tabak (1965 - TBD) hopes he is long-lost King of the Gypsy, but fears he was born in suburban Philadelphia, went to school and now has a job in Chicago. On the plus side, he has a lovely wife, two great daughters, a neurotic dog, an imperious cat and a prickly hedgehog. He has been writing since age 9 when he took a bus to the mall and bought a poetry compilation.