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People Are Unappealing: Even Me Paperback – March 10, 2009
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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.”
“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
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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I had no idea what the hell this book was about, so here's a little background. The first part talks about her childhood- the embarassing moments, the silly parents, the bitch grandma, etc. The next part is about her college experience- crazy roommates, an awesome and outspoken friend named Maggie, and her early sexual exploits. The latter part of the book deals with her struggle to find a career- first acting, then stand-up, then a crazy try-out dancing on the bar at Coyote Ugly. Last stop is waitressing at one of Mario Bateli's restaurants in NYC. She tells a very entertaining tale about a very famous customer who dined after hours, keeping the staff there an extra 5 hours, who DIDN'T LEAVE A TIP!!! I won't spoil the fun of googling who it is, but I must say, what a bastard! WHO DOES THAT? I felt bad for her and the rest of the staff.
Overall, if you like this kind of genre, I think this is a good pick.
I bought her second book and went to a signing. #superfan I'll let you know what I think of Book 2!
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.