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Public Apology: In Which a Man Grapples With a Lifetime of Regret, One Incident at a Time Hardcover – March 19, 2013
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Let’s face it: we’ve all done things we regret. Most of us just prefer to keep these indiscretions to ourselves. Not Bry. He wants to go public. Again. And again. And again. In this amusing, if somewhat wearying, essay collection, he bemoans a surfeit of shameful behavior: spitting chewed horse meat back onto his plate in a Paris bistro, selling fake drugs to gullible junior-high classmates, wearing jeans with “Jackson Pollock–style bleach splatters” to a friend’s bar mitzvah. Wait, there’s more, from the harmless (singing “Stairway to Heaven” into the ear of his dance partner during a school shindig) to the heinous (having sex with a friend’s girlfriend). If confession heals the soul, Bry is giving his a ’round-the-clock massage. Among the parade of cringe-worthy regrets are some moving gaffes, too, like when Bry fails to answer his cancer-stricken father’s call for help. For better or worse, Bry, now a dad, feels the need to come clean. It’s a dirty job, but somebody’s got to do it. --Allison Block
"Hilarious and heartbreaking."―-Rolling Stone
Praise for PUBLIC APOLOGY:
"Dave Bry has written a series of witty and poignant apologies to those whom he has wronged over his life. Together, these dispatches build into a wonderful and powerful coming of age story."―David Grann, author of The Lost City of Z
"In these funny and heartfelt confessions, Dave Bry apologizes for the mistakes we've all made in our lives-disappointing others, but more often, ourselves. At turns skillful, sensitive and sly, each letter burns a spotlight on Bry's own fateful moments, exploring how to make peace and move on."―Hannah Tinti, author of The Good Thief
"So funny that I laughed out loud almost continuously while reading it. And it's funny in the best way-the way that David Sedaris, Sloane Crosley or Meghan Daum is funny-in that Dave Bry captures certain touchstones of contemporary American life with keen intelligence and genuine warmth."―Joanna Smith Rakoff, author of A Fortunate Age
"Yeats wrote that 'in dreams begin responsibility.' Dave Bry shows us that compassion and maturity start with contrition. If you've ever behaved badly at a family gathering or worn sweatpants on a date, maybe it's time to say you're sorry. With abundant humor, humanity, and a voice all his own, Bry shows the way."―Rosie Schaap, New York Times Magazine columnist and author of Drinking With Men
"As you plow through Public Apology, Dave Bry will make you laugh, cry, cringe, and think repeatedly of Bon Jovi."―Rodney Rothman, author of Early Bird
"Dave Bry has taken a clever concept and turned it into a hilarious, moving and pathetically honest -- and I mean that in the best sense -- memoir. Think of him as suburban New Jersey's answer to Nick Hornby."―Jonathan Mahler, author of The Bronx is Burning
"Public Apology is a brilliant slice of memoir: funny, awkward and painful, but capable of making a person misty-eyed now and again."―-Donald Powell, ShelfAwareness
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I'd pre-ordered it based on the comments of early reviewers & was looking forward to an enjoyable read. For me, it came over as kind of self-indulgent & I struggled to get past the first few stories.
I'm pretty sure that for some it will a useful & informative read, it simply didn't quite work for me.