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“These days, the market is pretty well saturated when it comes to memoir. Which means it has to be good; it has to be different. Sara Barron's essays about her childhood, her parents, her life in acting school in Manhattan and her fellow actors are, dare we say it, as funny as David Sedaris'. . . . Barron swats these quirks around like a cat with a big, juicy catnip toy. When you aren't squirming, you're laughing out loud.”
Los Angeles Times

“[W]hat happens to a bildungsroman in the Craigslist age. It follows the author on a mad-as-hell/not-taking-it-anymore complaining spree through the dregs of thankless, low-wage jobs. Along the way, Barron makes several keen observations about the strange things people do, and also manages to canonize John Stamos as ‘the most flawless man who has ever lived,’ which had to be done by somebody.”
—Gothamist

“Humorist and former Highland Park resident Sara Barron thinks many people, including her, are unappealing. Sexed-up college roommates, freaky online suitors, dads who know way too many show tunes -- they're all rib-ticklingly eviscerated in Barron's relentlessly self-deprecating new book, People Are Unappealing.”
Chicago Sun-Times

“With People are Unappealing, a collection of hilarious personal essays, Sara Barron will attract comparisons to David Sedaris and Sloane Crosley. But anyone tempted to buy into that idea should know that Sedaris and Crosley come off as adorable children in Barron's presence.”
Cleveland Plain Dealer

“Barron [is] a delightful combination of Saturday Night Live's Kristin Wiig and a frizzier-haired Lucille Ball.”
Independent Weekly (Raleigh/Durham, NC)

“Sara Barron has written one of those books that force readers to make a choice: Either you’re willing to find the humor in a young Jewish woman talking about getting diarrhea after meeting John Stamos and suffering through Schindler’s List or you're not. For those willing to go on this adventure, welcome. Everybody else, please continue on to the ‘S’ section of the bookstore, where you'll find the milquetoast humor of David Sedaris, to whom Barron will undoubtedly be compared…. [S]he possess a good pen for breezy narrative and a well-tuned awareness of the line separating the everyday absurd from the entirely too-much-personal-information-to-share-in-your-out-loud-voice…, but even better is the shameless glee with which she crosses that line again and again and again and again.”
Baltimore City Paper

“A wickedly funny and dirty treasure trove of modern-day oddballs. The darker and more unsparing Sara Barron gets, the more her essays transform into a warped love letter to life’s most unusual citizens.”
—Sloane Crosley, author of I Was Told There’d Be Cake

“With this smart and funny debut, Sara Barron establishes herself as the Michael Phelps of complaining.”
—Andy Borowitz, New Yorker contributor

“Truly a pee-inducingly hilarious book. . . . Unrelenting, fearlessly funny essays.”
—Mike Albo, author of The Underminer

“Fast, reckless, and precarious–an out-of-control tour bus careening though the horrors of Nerve.com dating and waitressing at the Olive Garden and bar-top dancing for NY rednecks: The ride will leave you reeling and breathless.”
—George Dawes Green, author of The Caveman’s Valentine

About the Author

SARA BARRON’s work has appeared on Showtime’s This American Life, National Public Radio’s Weekend Edition, and the Today show and at the HBO Comedy Festival in Aspen, Colorado. She lives in Brooklyn, New York. This is her first book.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Three Rivers Press; Original edition (March 10, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0307382451
  • ISBN-13: 978-0307382450
  • Product Dimensions: 5.7 x 0.9 x 8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (129 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #271,074 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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My kids and I were stuck at the airport all day, fortunately for me I found this book. I have never read anything that made me laugh out loud so many times. People came and went, occasionally people asked what was so funny, when I read a few excerpts out loud some went over to buy it themselves (unfortunately the airport shop only had like 3 copies.)
I am a huge David Sedaris fan, I also like Augusten Burroughs, Cynthia Heimel, Laurie Notaro, but here's my question - it took those authors at least 3 books to get even close to this funny! This is her debut?!!!? Wow!!!
If you like smart edgy dark witty smartass desperately funny writing, you've got to read this book. I PROMISE you will laugh yourself inside out.
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I haven't ever written a review before but this book deserves one. I got this from my boyfriends mother and I am not much of a reader; I figured I could read it on the bus to work. Well needless to say everyone on my bus route now thinks I am a crazy because I would read and laugh, with tears sometimes. Anyway I expected little and got a huge reward in return. It was a good read.
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Sara Barron has created a laugh out loud collection of personal essays. It's natural that comparisons to David Sedaris, Chelsea Handler, and Sloane Crosley would follow, but Sara is in a category all by herself. She's written a tome for those who like (or liken themselves) to Tina Fey: honest, hilarious, and 50% unaware and 50% unashamed of the unique ridiculousness that is her family, friends, and self. I also really appreciate her writing style - it's clear Sara loves words; she plays with them, breaks them down and puts them back together in ways that are as engaging as the stories contained in the collection. And although these are stories that you just know her friends have peed their pants listening to, they are completely universal and will appeal greatly to anyone who enjoys pieces that are a little bit bawdy, a whole lot self-deprecating and utterly enjoyable.
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Mostly because I'm THAT guy who keeps laughing a little too loudly. I challenge you to get through Chapter 2 (when a certain porno script written by a 12 yr old is discovered) without breaking out.
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This is such an amazing book. It sat in my wish list for a few weeks, and then I finally decided to throw caution (and money!) to the wind and buy it. It proved to be a great decision. I haven't had a moment reading the book that I didn't relate, laugh hysterically, or think about life and how awkward and messy it is. Wonderful read!!!!
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...she IS unappealing. Ok. That's a little harsh.

This was the first Sara Barron book I've ever read. Although I didn't know what to expect, I was excited to dig in. In the end (and frankly throughout) I was disappointingly unimpressed. I don't know who Sara Barron is (maybe that's the problem) but her book seemed more like a sad autobiography of a someone you may run into on the street than one of hilarious essays by a well-paid, or even merely paid, comedian. I didn't particularly care for her writing style, grammatical errors, terrible puns or misspelled words. I often found myself reading the same sentence over and over trying to find the correct inflection/meaning. The book wasn't a complete loss, things took a turn for the better toward the end - not laugh out loud funny but at least entertaining enough to warrant finishing the book. Unfortunately, that isn't reason enough for me to read any of her other books or even recommend this one to anyone I know.
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I think it is fair to state first that another review set me up to think this book was going to be somewhat similar to Sedaris/Burroughs/Rakoff/Vowell, so I went into reading this with expectations that were WAY too high.

Having said that, I laughed out loud reading it once. Even Patton Oswald's "Zombie Spaceship Wasteland" is funnier than this. (To be fair to Patton Oswald, his poignant essays were by far better than the "humor" pieces. But I digress...)

Now I am slightly horrified that I also purchased Sara Barron's next book when I purchased this one. Wish I had held off. Maybe I will give it another shot.
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Hilarious. Her self-deprecating style makes it impossible not to love her. "The Porn" was so pee-your-pants funny that I couldn't stop laughing long enough to read it out loud to my husband and forced him to read it himself. Her family is every bit as colorful and likable as Sara. Definitely a book to read more than once.
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