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Amazon Best Books of the Month, September 2012: Following your heart can get you in a lot of trouble. This is true for no one more than Davy Rothbart, whose hilarious new essay collection is loosely built on the premise that he falls in love much too easily. But Rothbart's desire to impress his crushes is often just a starting place for a much wilder story. One involves rallying a group of strangers for the best Valentine's Day ever; in another, he finds a dead body in a swimming pool. (My favorite piece involves Rothbart's attempt to seek revenge on a scam artist by dumping urine on his head.) But none of these hilarious reflections would work if Rothbart didn't show such a clear sense of self-awareness. As a character, he's likable, shortsighted, and earnest; as a writer, he is a shrewd storyteller with a deep empathy for all the eccentric people he meets. Given his credentials--as a creator of Found Magazine and a contributor to This American Life--it's no surprise that Rothbart is so attuned to the world around him. Now if only his heart were as perceptive. --Kevin Nguyen --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.
I believe in Davy. He is a force to be reckoned with. (Ira Glass)
This book is f--cking great! (Elizabeth Gilbert, author of Eat, Pray, Love)
Rothbart...is a born raconteur, with a soldier's can-do spirit and a poet's mercurial soul. (The New Yorker)
[Rothbart's] irreverent brand of humor translates seamlessly to the page....He has an unforced curiosity and a natural empathy that make him an ideal traveling....Killingly funny. (The Washington Post)
Davy Rothbart has the humor and purity of heart you want and need in an observer of contemporary American life. (Dave Eggers)
Substitute Dr. Dre for Charlie Parker, and Davy Rothbart's new collection of sixteen essays reads like early Jack Kerouac....A brutally honest, heartfelt, and clever collection. (Time Out (New York))
[Davy's] capacity for serendipity and overshare is infectious. (The New York Times)
Heart-wrenching honesty. Wow! Story after story you will be continually amazed at the brutal honesty in the writing. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Amazon Customer
This is a book that you can't help smiling while you're reading it. I even had to contain some laughs at some points. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Margaret Carmel
This book is absolutely fantastic. It's hilarious, and I was so absorbed in the stories I almost forgot I was READING an actual book . Read morePublished 4 months ago by Monica
Great stories. You feel you're right next to Davy in the passenger seat in all his adventures. Non-fiction fiction. Or fiction non-fiction. Fun either way.Published 5 months ago by Jessica
Outside of three of the stories a largely uneventful boringly written book.Published 8 months ago by Michael M
I Loved this book! It was very engaging and really captured the moment in life.Published 10 months ago by Lori
Eventually you get tired of this guy getting drunk and screwing with other people's hearts while pitying himselfPublished 11 months ago by hm