Saturday, October 17, 2009

Review: "Sex, Drugs, and Gefilte Fish" edited by Shana Liebman

From the Publisher's Website:

"Scoring weed for your uncle...Hanging out with porn stars on Christmas Eve...Eating nachos with the Mossad...Observing the Dyke Days of Awe...Getting held up at a Weight Watcher's meeting...Spying on your naked Hebrew School teacher.

From Heeb magazine--the definitive voice of a proud, searching, and irreverent new generation of American Jews--this first-of-a-kind fast and fun showcase spotlights the hilarious and heartful raconteurial gifts of many of today's leading writers, comedians, actors, artists, and musicians. Laura Silverman, Michael Showalter, Andy Borowitz, Joel Stein, Ben Greenman, Darrin Strauss, and others navigate sex, drugs, work, youth, family, and, on the lighter side, body and soul. You'll never bleach your arm hair again."

My review:

Sex, Drugs, and Gefilte Fish, the hilarious collection of short stories from Heeb magazine has something for everyone! Covering such topics as mastrubation, having a baby with your gay friends, and having sex with someone who loves Garfield just a little too much, this collection is not for everyone, nor is it for the easily offened. However, if you're open-minded and looking for a laugh, this is a great place to turn.

Even though I'm not personally Jewish, the humour in this book is universal and the stories covered a variety of interesting subjects. It's safe to say that you'll be able to find at least one story in here that has you nodding along and laughing. It was also nice that each of the stories in here were short. Busy raising my three kids as well as working and managing the house, I find that there are times when I can only read a page or two at a time. When I'm reading a novel, that can be frustrating, but since the stories in this collection were only a few pages long each, I found that I could really enjoy them. If I had to choose a favourite from this collection (and there are some really great ones!), I would choose "Prime-Time Playa" by Andy Borowitz, because I loved reading about one of the people who brought the show Fresh Prince into existence.

Don't forget to enter to win 1 of 5 copies of this book here! Thanks to the Hachette Book Group for this review copy!

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