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Bedfellows Paperback – October 16, 2012
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About the Author
Bob Garfield is a columnist, broadcast personality, and author. He is co-host of On the Media, a Peabody Award–winning weekly news magazine produced by WNYC and distributed by NPR. He is also co-host of the insanely popular Slate podcast Lexicon Valley, a weekly conversation about language. An inveterate journalist, he is a columnist for both MediaPost and the Guardian and the author of three previous nonfiction books. Another book, yet untitled, will be published in January 2013 by Penguin Portfolio. Garfield has also written for such diverse publications as the Washington Post, the New York Times, The Atlantic, Wired, Sports Illustrated, and Playboy. He lives in suburban Washington, D.C., with his film-producer wife, Milena Trobozic Garfield, and youngest daughter. He can barely locate Brooklyn on a map.
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Top Customer Reviews
While certainly entertaining, i can't really recommend the novel except as an airplane read or for other Bob Garfield fans. It's light and amusing, but also extremely campy and not remotely believable. And i'm not talking about technicalities of organized crime or anything like that, as i'd be in no position to vet such details. When i say it's 'not believable', i mean it's hard to imagine there exists, anywhere in the world, people who would make the series of decisions that are made in this book. A healthy dose of Suspension of Disbelief is needed.
Did i laugh out loud while reading it? More than once. But did i also consider putting the book down because it was just too contrived? Probably more times than i laughed out loud.
This book is proof that a bad economy affects everyone. You were promised "change" and unfortunately we all got it. Could anyone else have dreamed up a story where a Mafia Family looks to Amway as their back-up income stream? Too funny.
The Donato crime family is in serious trouble. Revenues are declining, the russians are moving in on their turf, and not worst of all, they seem to be losing their edge when it comes to being a feared crime family. Don Donato and his crew of semi-competent mobsters must band together before they lose influence in their own neighborhood...or worse, have to go legit.
The book is almost farcical, the way it portrays the gangsters, mixing stereotypes with complete absurdity. For example, the only hitman the crew can afford is an outrageously stereotyped Jewish chiropractor. But the humor surrounding the violence that goes with any mob story makes the book. Garfield's character dialogue and situation descriptions will keep you smiling (when you aren't flat out laughing).
Definite crude humor, violence and language. More of an "R" than a "PG-13." But definitely a great read.
Fans of Christopher Moore will seriously enjoy this book.
If you don't find this review helpful, please leave a comment as to why so I can improve my reviews.
"Mr. Mattress" - Jack Schiavone - a former advertising executive who took the fall for his previous girlfriend's embezzling company funds has opened a mattress store in the Village. On the eve of his grand opening, he is introduced to the family's influence in the community. A fellow merchant tells him to expect Casper, Don Donato's representative and an aspiring lounge singer. When the Russian mob is spotted in town and seeks to take over, the action and activities of the characters become hilarious.
"Bedfellows" is rich with quirky, conflicted individuals whose dilemmas provide ample fodder for Bob Garfield to exploit. What other crime novel has a mob boss who, because times are tough, wants his crew to become Amway distributors? What other crime novel has a chiropractor who is engaged as a hit man, even though he has never committed a "hit?" What other novel has a former hit man who becomes a star mattress salesman? These and numerous other situations and characters kept me smiling as I read "Bedfellows."
Conservative readers should be warned that some of the language used by the characters is inappropriate in polite society, but is realistic with respect to those characters. The f-bomb is dropped regularly during conversations between the characters.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I really enjoyed this book. Light hearted, funny, and filled with unique characters. Well worth the Kindle price. Recommend it to anyone looking for a leisurely read.Published 5 months ago by Happy Husband
So cool...and different. A mafia comedy, believe it or not. Or actually a comedy of errors by almost all the characters in this story. Read morePublished 14 months ago by Judith Rapisarda
Very funny book, excellent cast of characters. Highly entertaining all in all a GREAT book.Published 14 months ago by PJNYC
I thought this was a delightful story that happened to fit my reading mood at the time. Humor mixed nicely with mild violence in an up-to-date setting. Read morePublished 15 months ago by Mark Burcham
I am not a fan of the mafia story genre, but found this one very enjoyable. The characters were intentionally predicable, in a very funny way, and I enjoyed the twist ending.Published 15 months ago by Minned
The writing is a little too clever. Trying to sound like a Jersey gumba; doesn't quite work. Actually at times it was annoying. The story is good and interesting. Read morePublished 16 months ago by EQ Man
The book started a little slow. He kept trotting out one unbelievable character after another and I started to wonder when was something going to happen. And then it did. Read morePublished 16 months ago by Bob Troy
Garland spins a humorous story, fun characters and plot. Found myself chuckling at times at some of the scenes and dialogue.Published 16 months ago by dcslb