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

Ryan Moehring
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (90 customer reviews)

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Book Description

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.


Product Details

  • File Size: 496 KB
  • Print Length: 226 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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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #43,034 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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23 of 30 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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3 of 3 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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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Amusing Anomalies, Lived & Humorously Written January 8, 2012
Format:Paperback
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
5.0 out of 5 stars SO Funny! 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
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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Most Recent Customer Reviews
3.0 out of 5 stars Humor
This is a work of self-indulgence by the Author, Ryan Moehring.
There’s nothing wrong with that, especially if your sense of humor matches his. Read more
Published 8 days ago by Amazonianz
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Was pretty dang good - can't rerember why i churlishly withheld the 5th star.
Published 26 days ago by Tom Moore
2.0 out of 5 stars The fried Twinkie manifesto
Some of the short stories were pretty funny, and right on target with the craziness people have over fried Twinkies
Published 1 month ago by Lee Fitzgerald
3.0 out of 5 stars eh.
some chuckle moments, but no lol omg im going to pee my pants hilarity.
Published 2 months ago by Alicia M.
3.0 out of 5 stars Easy read
Mildly offensive at some points but over all a a pretty Sunnybrook.. Easy to read and relax with. Not quite as good as david Sedaris books
Published 2 months ago by Amy Heffelfinger
2.0 out of 5 stars Not for me
I enjoyed the first several chapters of this book, not that they were absolutely hilarious but because they made me think. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Sharon A
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Hilarious! Reminds me of Augusten Burroughs short stories.
Published 2 months ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars MORE OF THIS GUY PLEASE!
Very good, quick read. Wish he had more books!
Published 2 months ago by G Squared
2.0 out of 5 stars Waste of time
I read this book off and on for a while. It didn't hold my interest enough that I would be anxious to read more, but enough to finish it. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Amazon Customer
4.0 out of 5 stars Quirky but fun....
Nothing deep, until he leaves you depressed in the end. Some may become fans, I do not think I will be among them.
Published 3 months ago by Amazon Customer
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