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My Planet: Finding Humor in the Oddest Places

Sunday, February 19, 2017

My Planet: Finding Humor in the Oddest Places (2013) Mary Roach

(T)he complete collection of her “My Planet” articles published in Reader’s Digest. She was a hit columnist in the magazine, and this book features the articles she wrote in that time.

I adore Mary Roach’s writing. She makes me laugh, but also writes about all KINDS of fascinating things, like corpses and what happens to them.

This is a collection of short essays, some better than others, but sometimes you need a quick and amusing story.

Home repair projects around our house generally fall into two categories: “I’ll get to that this weekend” and “I’ll get to that this summer.” Followed by an eventual shift to a third category: “I’ll get the Yellow Pages.”

My mother always fed our cats PET milk, and I’d assumed it was a special inexpensive kind of milk for pets. “Why, sure,” said Ed. “It’s shelved right there next to the IDIOT Milk.”

I believe prewashing is demeaning to the dishwasher. If people wash the dishes first, the dishwasher is reduced to a sort of unneeded front-loading autoclave.

It is an amusing collection, and I picked it up on sale. I don’t think I’d recommend paying the list price for it, but on sale it was amusing.
Rating: 7/10

Published by Reader’s Digest

Categories: Anthology, Non-Fiction, Science & Nature


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