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My Little Dysfunctional Family Album Hardcover – October 13, 2009


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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 128 pages
  • Publisher: Running Press (October 13, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0762435631
  • ISBN-13: 978-0762435630
  • Product Dimensions: 5 x 0.7 x 5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #379,562 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Sean Maher is the owner and creator of the greeting card line A Cry For Help Greetings and author of Poison Kool-Aid for the Soul (a letterpress chapbook). He is currently studying radiography and working on his new book The Origin of Feces. He lives in Ventura, California.

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He nails it again with his witty humor.
Greg Jones
I liked this book so much that I actually purchased several copies to give away as gifts, and my friends have just loved it!
Jennifer K. Norris
Sean Maher is a true artist of the humorist variety.
A. Bleicher

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By George on October 14, 2009
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This is great little book! An equal opportunity offender. Author Sean Maher has dared to say those things we're thinking when thumbing through Great Aunt Ethel's photo album. Laugh out loud funny and downright inappropriate. Overall, this is an extremely enjoyable read, mostly because the phrase " It's funny because it's true" comes to mind. Buy a couple of copies for friends, because you'll never get yours back!
Perfect as a coffee table book or a bathroom read. Can't wait for Sean's next book "The Origin of Feces".
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Kammie on October 22, 2009
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You will find yourself laughing out loud relating to these photos and hilarious quotes that Sean has made come alive. I have ordered many copies for all my friends for the holidays knowing it is the BEST CHRISTMAS GIFT EVER!! The gift that keeps on giving. You will find this book to lighten your mood whenever you are down. Therefore it is good, cheap THERAPY!! Be sure to get a couple extra copies for your friends. They will LOVE you for it! It is a good size for your office work space or as a bathroom book.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By T. Edwards on February 26, 2010
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DEADPAN and funny! If you like an irreverent somewhat dark(ok, not morbid)take on those things that people usually treat with kid gloves (just cause they think they're supposed to), you'll love this book. If you'd rather laugh then cry- even when you're sad, you'll love this book.

HOWEVER- If you think there are things that we should never ever ever laugh about- you may just find yourself on one of these pages and you won't be happy about that. You can probably infer that I think this will be a personal failing on your part. You are correct, but they say it takes all kinds. :)
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Anne on February 26, 2010
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I recommend keeping a copy of Sean Maher's book on your desk at all times; you never know when you're going to need a good laugh. Mr. Maher's subversive wit has saved my sanity on many a trying morning. I've read this book several times... and soda still shoots out of nose each time. Lots of writers have tried theit hands at family photo humor; I don't know of any who have hit the nail as squarely on the head as Sean! Bravo!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By A. Bleicher on February 26, 2010
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It is rare to find humor that surprises shocks and really makes you laugh in written form the way this book does. Sean Maher's, observations coupled with his choice of odd historical photography do just that.

Sean Maher is a true artist of the humorist variety.
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"Free spirit is just a euphemism for slut." - from MY LITTLE DYSFUNCTIONAL FAMILY ALBUM

MY LITTLE DYSFUNCTIONAL FAMILY ALBUM (MLDFA) is a little, square book, about the size of an overly-thick CD case that will appeal to anyone with a slightly warped sense of humor. Maybe even considerably bent. I fall into that continuum somewhere; I'm a sicko.

MLDFA is comprised of sixty-two sepia-toned snaps - each with a caption supplied by the author, Sean Maher, on the facing page - all of individuals ostensibly culled from family picture albums. Appearances suggest a date range from, say, the 1860s to the 1950s. There's one photo "mounted" per page. The appearance of an actual album is enhanced by the virtual, triangular, sticky mounts "holding down" the four corners of each shot.

Since each photo is contextually mated to its caption, and most of the former are visually nuanced and therefore hard to describe, it would be difficult to do justice to most of the pairings in any review. A few of the more obvious ones are:

A glamour shot of the head of a pretty, young, curly-haired woman looking over her left shoulder, pearl necklace visible, perhaps early twentieth century - "Looks can only get you so far because eventually you'll have to put out."

A group shot of six formidable, serious-looking basketball players, perhaps early twentieth century - "Winners don't need to worry about things like sportsmanship."

A handsome young couple's wedding photograph, perhaps late nineteenth or early twentieth century - "Newlyweds don't even like you to joke about wife-swapping."

A decidedly overweight young girl, bowed ribbon in her hair, perhaps 6-7 years of age, perhaps early twentieth century - "My favorite egg substitute is more bacon.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By KS on February 26, 2010
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What a fabulous book! It is perfect to give to friends and family (with a sense of humor) as a gift for all occasions. It's also perfect for having on your coffee table when guests come over! The pictures are wonderful. HILARIOUS!
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