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Oh, the Things I Know! Paperback – March 25, 2003
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With his sharp wit and conversational style (you can almost hear him speaking these words while you read them), he leads us through the too-often-times hellacious rollercoaster ride of life. He starts with college graduation and goes forward, till the bitter end of life and beyond. It's quite a journey through most of life's misadventures.
The title, is done in Dr. Seussian style and that style is repeated throughout the contents. Examples include chapters titled: "Oh, you shouldn't skip the introduction"; "Oh, the drugs you will take"; "Oh, the orgasms you will fake".
In the drug chapter, he advises people to use drugs responsibly, and that he would be a hypocrite to say not to use them at all, as he is high on drugs right now "prescription drugs, but drugs nonetheless". I can believe that one, but I can't believe his statement in "Oh pick a religion, any religion", that "he has absolutely no idea what he will write next". Franken knows what he wants to say and how to say it.
There's a whole lot of practical advice -- ok, maybe not so practical. Some examples include: every marriage has a "stomach-turning" phase you need to get yourself through. Or, how about, "try to view your stay in a nursing home as merely temporary, because in one way or another, it is". There's some advice for men: resist the temptation to cheat on your wife, and try instead to make sex with her reasonably diverting, by thinking about a younger, more attractive woman.Read more ›
Franken covers a wide range of life experiences: sex, drugs, religion, marriage, parenthood, finances, volunteerism, etc. Along the way he pokes fun at many targets: commencement addresses, Oprah's Book Club, the Enron scandal, etc. Both brainy and playfully vulgar, he's not afraid to hit below the belt--or go for the jugular. His prose style is mischievous and engaging, yet drips with sarcasm.
The chapters have such amusing titles as "Oh, the Weight You Will Gain!" and "Oh, the People You'll Sue!" This book made me laugh out loud several times. In fact, at one point I laughed so hard I nearly fell down and injured myself. And that's probably the best praise one can give to a book like this.
This book is in the same league as Steve Martin's "Pure Drivel." There were a few passages that provided some insite into the workings of Al Franken's pysche, however they went away quickly and we were left with stories of his Enron investment's and subsequent need for fund raising activities, such as authoring books.
If you love Al, borrow the book. If not, don't bother.
For serious and substantial laughs, stick with PJ O'Rourke and Michael Moore.
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Ruthlessly funny. Al is erudite, witty and all to often accurate. A fun book (audio book read by the author) which I recommend. Read morePublished 20 months ago by Dr. D. Watkins
If you love Al Franken then this is a hoot! I have purchased all his books and CD's and this is the one that still makes me laugh out loud. It isn't one of his 'political' books. Read morePublished 20 months ago by Nikki
Franken's a good writer and this book proves it. LIES and RUSH LIMBAUGH IS are enjoyable, and often historically useful, as well.. Read morePublished 23 months ago by P. Silverman
Worth the price of admission (and the time you spend reading it) just for stories about his father and this simple mantra for parents: "Quality time is quantity time. Read morePublished 24 months ago by Betsy Devine
I picked this book up as a high school senior, noticing the title to be a parody of Dr. Sues' "Oh, The Places You Will Go. Read morePublished on September 29, 2012 by Manic
Love Al Franken. But this book had one real laugh, and that was a retelling of a Buddy Hackett joke. Read morePublished on June 7, 2011 by Jean E. Pouliot