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The Fried Twinkie Manifesto: and other tales of disaster and damnation Kindle Edition

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  • File Size: 496 KB
  • Print Length: 226 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1463509952
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Gringo Tree Publishing (July 23, 2011)
  • Publication Date: July 23, 2011
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B005EA364I
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24 of 31 people found the following review helpful By SarahAnnNoel on October 14, 2011
Format: Paperback
I am of the strong opinion that authors should never make comparisons between their own writing and the work of other writers, particularly more well known ones. When I received Ryan Moehring's first collection of stories, The Fried Twinkie Manifesto, it was accompanied by a letter explaining the book's success and development thus far, and also claims that this new author was breaking into the humor genre with the gusto of "the big boys." As I began my read, I braced myself for the shocking humor of Sedaris and Klosterman.

It's always a mistake to have expectations. These stories simply weren't all laugh-out-loud funny. But because I was set-up to think that they were, I spent the greater part of the first half of the book not appreciating them for what they are: quirky, witty, insightful, and, at times, soulful.

As I read the essays out loud to my husband on our recent road trip, we did find a similarity between Moehring and Klosterman: he's offensive. I did anticipate a grimace here or there at foul language and vulgar references; but certain chapters, for instance, the section on failed prenuptial rules, made even my husband (who, like most young men can appreciate the truly off-color) shake his head.

In the category of humor, if you're not dirty you're not funny. I don't understand it, but I am aware that it's the standard. But Moehring takes his offenses beyond vulgarity. Displeased with his so-called "white trash" and religious upbringing, he rags on his family and experiences so hard that it made me wonder if the main motive of the books wasn't just to piss-off his parents. Really, the over-the-top rants bear the appearance of someone trying so hard to convince you of something that they end up trying too hard for you to believe it.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Jamtime on July 26, 2011
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The Fried Twinkie Manifesto is a great book to get some laughs while also having your intellect massaged and your heart strings pulled with stories about family, religion, loss, friendship and what matters most in life. The writing is rich with authentic characters, but also has solid doses of magical realism, historical re-imaginings and adept religious and political commentary.

The stories range from short, humorous vignettes to full-blown narratives that challenge assumptions and resonate emotionally while managing to never being didactic or preachy. Also many of the stories are quite funny. Think Bill Bryson, but edgier.

A very good mix of philosophy, religion, humor, and the occasional use of recreational drugs. Definitely a page-turner!
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By MsAshe on January 8, 2012
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This book is a collection of amusing anomalies sprinkled with truths, torments, trials & sweetened dreamily with tantalizingly fun fantasies. This is a book from a man who obviously fears no lonesome territories of topic nor any potential lightning bolts to smote him for his daring to tread them. Revelations found in this book are many, including: broken languages can not only get you into trouble, get you laid & get you illicit rude looks from natives but can be highly amusing when translated & written out; that contemplating the mere existence of God can make for romps into innocent, child-like absurdity & back again; that family dysfunction is indeed widespread & rife with humorous, rather bitter gems...when mined for them many years & miles down the road, far away from that accursed family; that contemplations about any religion are bound to leave one as cold towards choosing to believe anything at all as choosing to eat the cauldron-like surface of the sun with one's cold-sore inflamed & already pained mouth; and many other equally painfully learned revelations of the laugh out loud variety. How could one laugh at such things, you might ask? Easy. It's the same way one can laugh at a clumsy stage-hand's look of terror as they trip over an unseen classic Farfisa cord stretched out in the back of a darkened stage. It's funny when it's not happening to you & it's not your Farfisa...when it so very easily could have happened to you, because all the world is a stage, after all...& we all have those things waiting for us...repeatedly, over & over again, until we die. Ah! Sweet release. Anyway, this book is one man's experience on a darkened stage. Enjoy!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By That Guy on August 11, 2014
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Mr. Moehring's writing style is engaging and VERY funny. Many of us can relate to growing up in a dysfunctional home and the neurosis that ensues, but few can look back on it as fondly and humorously as Mr. Moehring. I read this on my kindle mostly while on the treadmill and be warned, you WILL laugh out loud. If you like Justin Halpern (I Suck At Girls, Sh*t My Dad Says), you will love this book. Thank you Ryan!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By GenkiRocket on April 9, 2014
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Overall, I enjoyed The Fried Twinkie Manifesto. I think that, for a first novel, it's pretty decent, quick read.

Part of why I didn't give it a higher rating was that some of the stories did not seem to go anywhere or add much to the book.

I also felt that his multiple references to people with special needs were a bit juvenile and unnecessary. There are dozens of other ways to be self-deprecating without comparing yourself to those with disabilities in order for a cheap laugh. Also, the prenuptial chapter made me cringe. I understand it was supposed to be satire (I hope) but it wasn't really well-executed. It seemed to come off as a bro telling his other bros about what rules he'd lay down when he married his chick, bro.

Mr. Moehring doesn't really seem like a bro, however, but rather an intelligent and thoughtful person. I enjoy his writing style and a few of the stories were very well written and even made me pretty emotional - particularly the one about his grandfather. I enjoyed how he was so open about his past, although some of the stories seemed to stretch credibility quite thin.

Overall, this was a pretty solid read. I think there are a good handful stories in it that are strong and well-presented. Other stories just felt kind of like filler. I look forward to what else Rye Bread has in store as he becomes a more experienced writer!
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