This month, we’re blessed with two hilarious new books: Earth: The Book by Jon Stewart and the folks at The Daily Show (Grand Central), and Half Empty by the brilliantly sardonic David Rakoff (Doubleday).
Stewart and staff have compiled a terrifically sarcastic history lesson that covers all things “Earth”ly. Any ET will get everything they need to know about our culture, history, live, calamities, and relationships. Pay attention — there’ll be a test on this.
David Rakoff’s favorite tenet is "expect the worst and you’ll never be disappointed," and in this collection of dourly witty essays, he pokes fun (with a big, sharp stick) at our overly-inspired culture. Whilst skewering, Rakoff will have you laughing and crying, and ultimately gleefully joining him on his path to Negativity. The burst on the book’s jacket says it all — ”WARNING! No Inspirational Life Lessons Will Be Found In These Pages."
— Chris Avena