A series of random, lighthearted anecdotes from a professional economist and family man. The book consists of 78 entries from Carrick's personal blog, tackling everything from family life, to being Canadian, to general observations about the world's eccentricities. Though the author definitely has writing chops and an easygoing, likable style, his subject matter may interest only a very limited northern audience. Chapters such as "The Curious Meanings of Some Canadian Place Names" and "Reasons to Want to be Governor of the Bank of Canada" will solely be humorous to a Canadian reader. A remark like, "Québec is Up, Ontario is Down and the Prairies are Flat" may be amusing to the author, but many will be left out of the joke. Some chapters are no more than retellings of mundane conversations with a schtick spin, as in "My Wife and I Argue Over a Plant." Readers will be left feeling that "you had to be there" to get the humor. Other entries are simply dated--the chapter "Only One, the Governor of New York," about Eliot Spitzer's woes, might have been funny when it was originally published in March 2008 but it's now a stale bit. When Carrick does attempt fiction, such as in "The Best Valentine's Day Present Ever," with its anagram punch line, or "Spartacus the Kite"--in which the author imagines himself in the titular role-- his efforts fall flat. The book works better when he takes on more universal ideas, such as "Which Letter of the Alphabet is the Funniest?," which only requires that the reader speak English and not be familiar with, say, the obscure habits of Canadian bachelors (see the chapter titled "Canadian Male Pick-up Lines.") Certainly Northerners who know the author personally will thoroughly enjoy "Two Scoops" Is Just Right, but for the rest of us it's not nearly enough. A blog by any other name is still a blog. --Kirkus Discoveries Review
From the Back Cover
Praise for "Two Scoops" Is Just Right:
- 5 Stars... A choice pick for short fiction fans. ~ Midwest Book Reviews.
- Really funny... If you want a good laugh (and who doesn't) you MUST pick this book up. MUST. ~ The Book Journal
- A fun read... If you want a good laugh buy this book, read this book, then buy one for a friend. ~ Barbara Kent, Success Books
- Who knew an economist could have a sense of humour? ~ PaulTheBookGuy Podcast
Praise for "Three Scoops" Is A Blast!
- "Just like your first book, this is a hit. Everyone should grab a copy!"
- "Alex Carrick has surpassed himself and brought back the charm of the perfect short story. You will not be disappointed."