A Walk in the Snark Paperback – January 8, 2015
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~Tony Eldridge, author of The Samson Effect
"Thank you for making the lives of women and men more intelligible, Rachel, and for making us laugh at ourselves!"
~Berit Ellingsen, author of The Empty City
"Crisp, cutting, and caffeinated. A gem of a read."
~Rebecca Tsaros Dickson, author of I Could Tell You Stories, Editor-In-Chief, Indie Ink
"The author's wicked sense of humor sprinkles every day stories of relationship angst with spicy hot pepper with keeping it real adventure."
~Bonnie Jean Adams, Chicago Culture and Events Examiner
About the Author
Not just an advocate for sexual abuse survivors, Rachel is the creator and founder of the hashtag phenomenon #MondayBlogs and the live Twitter chat, #SexAbuseChat, co-hosted with certified therapist/survivor, Bobbi Parish.
She hates walks in the rain, running out of coffee, and coconut. She lives in California with her family.
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I didn't realize how serious and akin to women the issues raised by Rachel are.
She had done a great deal of weaving what bother women about men and vice versa.
For me I got a better sense of Chickspeak; which 've always been oblivious of and taken for snobbing and or dishonesty.
I get it why a chic would rather be indirect than come out straight about something/an-issue in a relationship.
Wait...I got hooked by this book simply because it is too humorous to resist. And hey what's harm is that?
It's not your everyday sense of humour though; but a collection of men and women what nots especially viewpoints on different and simple things such as housekeeping habits. Did I mention; thanks to Rachel-that a girl needs make for her to satisfy her inner sense of self-image?
I would never have known that. It is not that I use make. Fair enough; get your copy!
The writing style flows like water almost too hot to touch. There are lines like "This piece has been sanctioned by The UN Committee of the Ambassador's Office for the Improvement of Male-Female Relationships, which doesn't exist and I totally made up, but which OMG, should" which I, as a writer, wish I had written, but which, OMG, I didn't. Awesome writing like this is a constant companion during your walk in the Snark.
After reading this book, I would buy a ticket to Rachel's comedy tour (which she should consider). She is telling cleverly intertwined stories one after the other - you have to keep up. But at the same time, this is not a sprint through the Snark--take your time. Don't skip the "Poignancy Alerts" -you will miss out on some real storytelling power. Stroll. Stop and look at everything. Breathe deep. It's worth it.
Who cares whether Men are from Mars and Women are from Venus, this author makes us laugh about the "good old issues". Very swiftly and talented she breaks any possibly existing ice by stating at the beginning:
"I also used to sell Trojan brand condoms. Yeah, it's hilarious, I know. I did it for three years way back when, and I was their top salesperson in the Western Region, a dubious honor at best."
From there she takes off: Every possible issue between men and women gets dissected and laughed about: from the famous "toilet paper roll"-thing (in a Q&A joke) to code words/sentences like "I am tired".
Rachel Thompson makes rules to remember. Once you read the story that goes with the rule you will laugh so hard that you can never forget the rules (e.g.):
"If we team cook, we team clean, damn it. It is written. Um, somewhere. At least, it is now."
"But we need our closet space. It's kind of a prerequisite for marriage."
If it wasn't for D's story, "A Walk in the Snark", would be all fun. Then again, D's sad story adds depth to the book and makes it clear that Rachel Thompson is a serious person with the immense talent to tell important topics in such a funny manner that every reader wants to hear what she has to say.
5 stars all the way; I will read more from this author.
Gisela Hausmann - author and blogger
The strength of A Walk in the Snark is not only humor, however. I appreciated the serious elements, dealing with the suicide of her ex-boyfriend. It made the book truly significant for me. She says many important things with comedy, but none as poignantly or raw. I thought over her words when he reached out to her. I wondered what I might have said in the same situation. To be honest, I have no idea. It's tragic to think of one person holding someone together long after they break-up. I wish her ex could have moved on and been happy. I wish that of all who reach that point of no return.
I read this book while traveling abroad with my boss on a 20+ hour flight. When we first took off, for whatever reason, we started talking about the difference between men and women. Towards the end of our first leg, I started reading this book. Of course he was curious what was making me laugh out loud. I handed my Kindle to him and although he only read a few pages he too was laughing. And when a man can laugh about how another man acts, in a snarky way, you know the book is brilliant!