- 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 LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B005EA364I
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Not Enabled
- Lending: Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #42,582 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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The Fried Twinkie Manifesto: and other tales of disaster and damnation Kindle Edition
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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.Read more ›
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!
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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This collection of personal essays started off relatively strong. I really enjoyed the first essay, and also thought "Amber Anderson" was done well. Read morePublished 9 days ago by S.J. Marie
Funny and poignant, clever and insightful. Laugh out loud funny at times, and totally relatable. Looking forward to more by this author.Published 1 month ago by Dana G. Meldrum
Out loud laughs. This was just what I needed after reading too many dark tales. Thank you Ryan!Published 3 months ago by Kathleen Eschner
I just loved it. He has a humor similar to Sedaris BUT his vulnerability and depth touches much deeper. He made me laugh out loud (on the subway! Read morePublished 3 months ago by Joyce O'Brien
Very well written and entertaining. Gives some insight into the perspective of a growing boy.Published 4 months ago by mzmony
Feel bad for his wife. Kept reading to laugh. Really didn't. Here are nine more words to make a reviewPublished 4 months ago by Amazon Customer
It had some cute moments, was funny at times and thoughtful at times. But those times were kind of rare and the rest of it I thought was a bit slow. Read morePublished 5 months ago by Karen D