I usually do not take recommendations for books, as I have far too many from my own interests and collection to read through. However, a student from my English class showed me a selection from Simon Rich’s Free-Range Chickens that related to something from our study of Voltaire’s Candide. I read a few pages of this funny book, and went through the whole thing, laughing all the way.
Currently the youngest writer on Saturday Night Live, Simon Rich gives us a book that is a cross between The Onion, David Sedaris, and that really funny friend in high school that you not-so-secretly envied. Free-Range Chickens is funny, funny stuff.
I’m already planning on getting his previous book, Ant Farm. You can download a chapter or two of each on Kindle for free to get a taste.
Thanks, Zoey, for this recommendation!
A conversation between the people who hid in my closet every night when I was seven
Freddy Krueger: When do you guys want to kill him?
Murderer from the six o’clock news: How about right now?
Dead Uncle whose body i saw at an open casket funeral: I say we do it when he gets up to pee. You know, when he’s walking down the hallway, in the dark.
Freddy Krueger: What if he doesn’t get up?
Murderer: He’ll get up. Look at how he’s squirming. It’s only a matter of time.
Dead Uncle: Man, I cannot wait to kill this kid.
Murderer: Same here.
Freddy Krueger: I’ve wanted to kill him ever since he saw my movie.