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The Fried Twinkie Manifesto: and other tales of disaster and damnation by [Moehring, Ryan]
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  • File Size: 496 KB
  • Print Length: 226 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1463509952
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Gringo Tree Publishing (July 23, 2011)
  • Publication Date: July 23, 2011
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B005EA364I
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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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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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I find this book is a concise, funny, even hilarious recap of one man's life adventures, true or not. His philosophies and core beliefs changed dramatically due to some of these escapades. When I break down my own life to the core, I find that who I am today is directly related to the me that lived through the trauma of early life. His approach is one we can all use. He takes a serious deed and puts a new spin on it. He can then look it in the eye and confront it for what it really was; a lesson taught the hard way. Instead of being horrified at what came out, he was able to laugh and turn each piece into something that taught a deep truth about life, living and loving. I had a lot of fun reading this book, but it didn't stop there. I was able to take my own experiences and tear them down to basics so that I could finally put them into a context that made dealing with them a real joy. I will never put my own stories in writing, but this author has made me think deeply. I have to admire his ability to reach the soul. As the end of the book shows, there are things that one can't always put into a favorable context, but this method of soul-searching can clear out a lot of excess space if you have the desire to do so.
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If you enjoy sarcasm, served with a side of ridiculous events then seasoned with a flavor of the 70's get this book. I haven't laughed so hard in a long time. I don't imagine this book will be for everyone. Sarcasm goes over many people's heads. I wish I could list the pieces I totally fell over laughing about but I really don't want to ruin this for anyone who does get the book.

I came to this author via a long distance phone call from a hysterical friend. At first I thought her son had died or something worse. Then I realized she wasn't crying, she was laughing. When she finally gasped out that it was a book she was reading, my frustration reached maximum capacity when she couldn't articulate words to describe what she had read. I got the book as this is probably the best recommendation literature can get; one friend communicating in laughter with another.

As always my thanks go to the writer who can convey images so clearly as to be able to rupture a funny bone.
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By Sharon A on January 11, 2015
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I enjoyed the first several chapters of this book, not that they were absolutely hilarious but because they made me think. Moving more towards the middle of the book something happened and I went from being entertained to being depressed and angry, and just not getting it. I wondered why did he even have to include this, how is it relevant to anything? Am I supposed to think this is funny? The book went downhill from there. The author can write very well and the book might have been good if he continued that way to the end. I'm honestly wishing I had never downloaded this and would not recommend it to anyone. There is a line between enjoying reading something and then being just disgusted, unfortunately for me he crossed it.
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