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I'm reading this book through and through and it is brilliant!! I absolutely love it. Every story is laugh out loud hilarious. It's brilliant! --- --Johanna, Washngton, D.C.

About the Author

For more than two decades, Ed Spivey Jr. has consistently won top honors in humor writing from the nation's religious and independent press associations. His work has garnered praise from many sources and notables, including Bill Moyers, who wrote "If I could write this funny, I'd quit my day job."
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 336 pages
  • Publisher: Solo Books; Second printing edition edition (October 1, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0578037394
  • ISBN-13: 978-0578037394
  • Product Dimensions: 8.9 x 5.9 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,484,645 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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My wife gave me this book for Christmas, knowing I'm a big fan of Sojourners magazine--a faith-based peace and social-justice publication where author Ed Spivey serves as the award-winning humor columnist and art director. I started reading it around mid-morning on Friday, when the last gift was opened by my kids. I kept it handy and picked it up every chance I had over the weekend. I finished it by Saturday evening, then Sunday morning started reading it again.

The only book I've ever done that with before is "Pilgrim at Tinker Creek," and as odd of a comparison as it may seem, it was for the same reason. Unlike Dillard, of course, Spivey writes in the style of humor and satire rather than prose poetry. But like Dillard, Spivey says things in such a wonderful way that it caused me to enjoy the book on two levels: 1) how he said something, which was always hilarious, and 2) what he had to say in the first place, which was always brilliant.

Honestly I don't tend to enjoy the work of most humor columnists for long, finding it to typically be sophomoric and rather like reading the script of a stand-up act. It can be funny at first, but bores me quickly. Spivey's essays, however, are not only laugh-out-loud, repeat-favorite-lines-to-your-spouse-over-and-over-again funny, but also offer such intelligent satire of everything from religion to politics to parenting that you actually learn a thing or two in the process. The guy also flat-out called some things. While reading his biting, hilarious critiques of the Bush Administration's early years, for example, I found it interesting to think about how history has proven his remarks from the time period to be true.
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I am a big fan of witty satire, of which yes, I determine what constitutes wit, and as such have determined this brand of humor, short after short, to be it. And to be clear, it wasn't the liberal spots that were the funniest.

The way Ed observes life "during the Bush years" happens to be exactly how I observed this period. My favorite shorts were `Les French'--what an invective exchange; `Eighty in a 55 Zone'--too precious; `So, How About That Economy'--HaHaHa...as I so do recall that once upon a privileged generation; `The Man Without A Face'--ouch! Who would've ever thought laughing so hard could `really' hurt, too? But apparently not as much as when I came to `There's Something In The Room'! Oh. My. Goodness. Let's just say I came this close (two fingers mashed together) to being rushed to the hospital where I pictured written beside `nature of illness'--Ed Spivey.

I am now convinced. There really is a Hamster Missing in Washington, D.C. What a wonderful way to spend leisure time.
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At the time I began reading "A Hamster is Missing" I was grieving the loss of a loved one. I knew that humor is good medicine, but it was still very difficult to open the book and attempt to focus on the writing. In less than one minute, I was laughing and able to focus on the most creative and original humor of Mr. Spivey. The fact that each scenario was only a couple of pages enabled me to read without stopping and grasp the total hilarity of the subject at hand.
I soon found myself wanting to read more and more and more!

Mr. Spivey's ability to arrange the English language into a means of describing some very serious social and political issues in a way which makes one laugh is remarkable and a blessing in today's troubling society, without eliminating the need for some major social reform and justice if we are going to continue as a viable nation. He also has the experience of a parent raising two daughters who are in their middle and late teens and describing events that any parent can relate to with empathy and humor.

I hope that Mr. Spivey will consider publishing a sequal to this book. Furthermore, he would be a spectacular stand-up comedian and story teller.

Thank you Mr. Spivey for creating the Hamster Book at a time when I truly needed an injection of terrific humor!

Bob Brooks
Prescott, Arizona
bobb@cableone.net
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Spivey's book is terrific! From beginning to end, he has a knack for making the daily hum-drum of parenting and family life a non-stop series of chuckles, giggles, and laughing out loud. And his satirical look at political Washington gives Stewart and Colbert a run for their money -- except Spivey is better because his is rooted in an appropriately irreverent progressive Christianity that keeps you thinking as you're laughing.

My mostly apolitical wife loves this book. So does my left-leaning 19-year old son and my iconoclastic 13-year old daughter. But the real tribute to Spivey's brilliance is the fact that my conservative Republican friends love this book, too.
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