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

Ryan Moehring
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (71 customer reviews)

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Whether solving biblical foreskin mysteries, having his head split open by a crowbar-wielding man named Thor or getting busted for pickpocketing in a remote Mexican desert, Ryan Moehring reveals in his debut collection of stories and essays, The Fried Twinkie Manifesto, that his irreverent wit and capacity for uncovering nuggets of insight from the rubble of the mundane make him one of humor’s most promising newcomers.

While maintaining a voice unmistakably his own, Moehring evokes the wild imagination of Tom Robbins, the soul of Sedaris, and the wisdom of Vonnegut. Though readers will more often than not find themselves laughing out loud, Moehring’s eye for the profound and his unyielding honesty ensure that they are just as likely to cry—or cringe.


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  • File Size: 357 KB
  • Print Length: 244 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1463509952
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Gringo Tree Publishing (July 23, 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B005EA364I
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #12,824 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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21 of 26 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Moehring is a talented writer, working out his voice 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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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Thoughtful, funny, with a lot of heart July 26, 2011
By Jamtime
Format:Paperback
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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars great book July 7, 2014
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A Very funny & entertaining read. I couldn't put it down. One great story after another. Buy this book, you will not regret it
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars It's funny and frequently poignant. June 24, 2014
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I wanted humor and found myself laughing out loud at times. Clever writing style and I could relate to the stories of disaster and mayhem.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Easy read--David Sedaris style June 20, 2014
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Easy read--David Sedaris style. His stories are funny and keep you wanting to read more. Can't wait to read more of his books.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
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Easy to relate stories of childhood told in a humorous fashion. Unique style of story telling that left me laughing out loud.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Fun read! April 15, 2014
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Entertaining, more than a little bizarre in spots! Sometimes even shocking at points. I really enjoyed this book; it's definitely worth a read!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Solid 3 star 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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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars Decent, fun read.
Great stories. Not at all a bad first effort. I enjoyed reading it, and look forward to future work from him.
Published 3 days ago by David Ferguson
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Great book, equal parts humorous and insightful. Looking forward to more from this up-and-coming author.
Published 4 days ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Fried Twinkie manifesto etc by Ryan Moehring
I laughed out loud at parts-well done. Very personal story telling. I enjoyed these short stories. Clever writer who can write.
Published 10 days ago by lisa buffalo
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Excellent book and a very easy read!
Published 15 days ago by Ruth Childers
4.0 out of 5 stars enjoyable read, candid and funny
Ryan's honesty and humor are refreshing & entertaining. I just recommended the book to my husband, seems like he'll like it.
Published 20 days ago by McKenzie
3.0 out of 5 stars Amusing
not quite Sedaris but funny enough for a quick read on a commuter train after playing your guide to teenage girls from the UK in NYC
Published 20 days ago by cm
4.0 out of 5 stars Sedearis like? I think not
The book was slow from time to time but was actually something I actually enjoyed. I absolutely love David Sedaris and was a little surprised when this book was compared to one of... Read more
Published 1 month ago by Stephen D. Walters Jr.
3.0 out of 5 stars Fried Twinkies
This book started off with a lot of promise. The first few chapters were funny, but then it went downhill fast.
Published 2 months ago by Jamie M. Lynaugh
3.0 out of 5 stars Somewhat disappointed
I was a bit disappointed with this book as it was not as funny as I had hoped it would be. Quite a bit of philosophy; at times I wondered if I should just skip ahead. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Donna R. Volpone
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