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  • Paperback: 224 pages
  • Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (May 31, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1463509952
  • ISBN-13: 978-1463509958
  • Product Dimensions: 5.7 x 8.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.1 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (69 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #590,970 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I laughed out loud when I read these stories.
Panda
The stories that Ryan Moehring weaves here are emotionally insightful and bowel-shakingly hilarious.
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Sometimes a funny title is the best thing you get out a book.
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21 of 26 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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2 of 2 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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Robert Kennemer on 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 By Martin Sizemore on 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 By Shelley Austin on 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 By Donavan Rocher on April 16, 2014
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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 By Amazon Customer on 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 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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