The book of essays by a curmudgeon is pretty well established as a subgenre. This book is mostly snarky, occasionally amusing, and about a 3-star effort for me.
OK, so Adam Resnick is anti-social in a hipster sort of a way. His parents were eccentric to say the least. Rather than letting that get him down, he cast them and his brothers as wacky characters in the story of his life. He treats his family with a sort of ironic detached amusement. Most of the other characters in his story are not spared his rapier wit.
In spite of being brought up in a family of all boys who (at least according to Resnick) were intent on killing him, he grew up, got married, and had a daughter who is the apple of his eye - but that is not the point of his story. I think the reader is supposed to marvel at the fact that he survived and has a sense of humor about the whole thing.
The setup reminds me of the great Jean Shepherd (A Christmas Story, Wanda Hickey's Night of Golden Memories) but without the charm. Undoubtedly Adam Resnick has his fans. To my mind, his brand of misanthropy is best taken in small doses when I am feeling a bit misanthropic myself.
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