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People Are Unappealing: Even Me Paperback – March 10, 2009
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—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.”
“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.”
“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
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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.
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.
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.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Just re-read this week and she still stands the test of time for humor.Published 21 days ago by Joseph Toone
Very funny story that anyone can relate to. Had me laughing numerous times which is hard to do for me. I'll be passing this around to all my girlfriends.Published 3 months ago by amy jackson
I thought it was amazing! I wish Sara would keep writing, I would buy everything!! I will be handing this out as presents to everyone I know (especially my waitress co-workers). Read morePublished 9 months ago by Amazon Customer
If you enjoy gender stereotypes and poor writing, then this book is for you. If you believe like the author that gay men lisp and have limp wrists, maybe you'll get a laugh at the... Read morePublished 10 months ago by J. Standish
R rated for language and NG for not a good read. I threw it away.Published 13 months ago by Pat Tri Cia
Sara Barron shares stories of her life and family in this congenial memoir. She grew up in a house with a father who loved show tunes and kept his socks in a drawer with freesia... Read morePublished 13 months ago by katherine tomlinson
Maybe because I'm a man, I don't relate to this so much. It gets kind of nasty, but I have to give the author 5 stars for creativity!Published 17 months ago by LME