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Someone lent me "Straight Man" by Richard Russo. It is a campus satire typa thing, so far some parts have been laugh-out-loud funny, but I am having a hard time working up any desire to read past chapter 2.

 

Has anyone read "Running with Scissors" by Augusten Burroughs? That sounds like something I might like. Otherwise I'll just finish the Murakami back catalogue.

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Someone lent me "Straight Man" by Richard Russo. It is a campus satire typa thing, so far some parts have been laugh-out-loud funny, but I am having a hard time working up any desire to read past chapter 2.

i loved that book, but several friends have told me it's a 'guy book'.

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Someone lent me "Straight Man" by Richard Russo. It is a campus satire typa thing, so far some parts have been laugh-out-loud funny, but I am having a hard time working up any desire to read past chapter 2.

Being that I'm a total geek, I keep a journal with my thoughts on every book I read. According to my notes, I enjoyed this one. But, I'm a sucker for academic comedies/satires.

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I really liked Straight man on first reading. It was recommended to me by a mentor of mine and I found it very funny. I recommended it to a couple of friends/colleagues and they liked it too. But funnily enough, I read it again and I don't think it stands up to a 2nd readiing. For one, those long intros that Russo does in italics really grate on me and the jokes didn't come off twice--but hey, still funny the first time.

 

Same in Empire Falls--the italics business--Just write in regular font, why not? The above said, I did really like Nobody's fool--novel and film. Russo does have a good sense of comedy.

 

He's good, not top-notch or anything like, I think.

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Russo is top-notch. Try Mohawk, it is also quite good. He really has a feel for the ordinary people in the working-class towns of the Northeast U.S. HBO did a movie of Empire Falls with Paul Newman, Ed Harris, Aidan Quinn. It was pretty good.

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Wow, that's a lot of responses for Russo. I might just be too stressed out about work & visitors the past few days. I will try and give it another chance this weekend.

 

Hilarious and horrifying I generally like, so maybe Burroughs will be my next book.

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Someone lent me "Straight Man" by Richard Russo. It is a campus satire typa thing, so far some parts have been laugh-out-loud funny, but I am having a hard time working up any desire to read past chapter 2.

My first Russo, and I admit I was underwhelmed. Hubby seemed to like it better, so guajolote's comment about it being a "guy book" might have some truth.

 

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Has anyone read "Running with Scissors" by Augusten Burroughs?

Simultaneously hilarious and horrifying. I enjoyed it, but it's not for everyone.

I really enjoyed it, and his book about being a drunk.

I read the first couple chapters of Running with Scissors last summer. It was too weird for me--too dysfunctional. But now that I think about it, it wasn't the dysfunctionality that bothered me, it was his hyper-stylized way of talking about it.

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Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close, Jonathan Safran Foer's latest effort. I started it last night and read a great deal more than I meant to because it is un-put-down-able. Really funny, really sad. And different. Foer is a very talented writer.

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Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close, Jonathan Safran Foer's latest effort. I started it last night and read a great deal more than I meant to because it is un-put-down-able. Really funny, really sad. And different. Foer is a very talented writer.

I really, really liked this book. Even more so than his first one.

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Has anyone read "Running with Scissors" by Augusten Burroughs?

Simultaneously hilarious and horrifying. I enjoyed it, but it's not for everyone.

I really enjoyed it, and his book about being a drunk.

I read it on vacation this summer. I have Dry but haven't started it.

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Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close, Jonathan Safran Foer's latest effort. I started it last night and read a great deal more than I meant to because it is un-put-down-able. Really funny, really sad. And different. Foer is a very talented writer.

Good to know. Thanks.

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