columnist Calvin Trillin, a Kansas City native, now lives in Greenwich Village ("where people from the suburbs come on Saturday night to test their car alarms"). In this, his first effort at recording his own pieces, his droll reading makes his sharp wit even more hilarious. These short pieces cover a wide range of topics - American first names to Kansas City landmarks, food fads and even the proper attire for a guru. The author reads his own essays and after this sampling you'll find yourself wishing there were more "pieces" in the package [brought to you by HighBridge Audio]. -- Audiofile, Sept. 1996
Adult. Trillin's dry, laid-back reading of his own columns provides the perfect narrative foil for his humor. These pieces, which the reader may recognize from the New Yorker, Time
, and other publications, cover topics as diverse as being invited to the Oscar de la Rentas, teen speak, and the incredible itch a chigger bite causes. His narration lacks theatrics, but it needs none. The pieces hum along, evoking a smile, a chuckle, or a belly laugh. Trillin's matter-of-fact reading just adds to the humor [brought to you by HighBridge Audio]. -- Booklist, Nov. 1, 1996
Winner of the Audie Award for Best Humor of 1997 -- Audio Publishers Association
About the Author
CALVIN TRILLIN has been a staff writer for the New Yorker since 1963. He is the author of numerous books, including About Alice, Deadline Poet, Family Man, American Stories, Killings, Uncivil Liberties, and Remembering Denny, a New York Times bestseller. He lives in New York and eats heartily whenever he travels.