Tuesday, May 22, 2012

VBRT: A Walk in the Snark by Rachel Thompson


This post is part of a Virtual Book Review Tour scheduled by Goddess Fish Promotions. Click on the banner to see the other stops on the tour. The author will be giving away a chocolate treat to a random commenter at every stop and a $20 Amazon GC to one randomly drawn commenter during the tour. Remember to check out the other reviews and leave comments. The more you comment, the better your chances!


If you're a fan of snarky humor about the differences between men and women, pick up a copy of A Snark in the Park. For me, it was best savored in small sections, much like her blog, on which the book is based. There are funny, laugh out loud sections; sections I would have to say to my husband, 'Listen to this'; and sections I would read and then assure him that 'no, of course you aren't like this--but there are men that are!.' There are also sections that are very poignant.

From her view that the week should be rearranged alphabetically to her advice on never, ever buying food at the drugstore, you will find yourself laughing and wanting to share--I challenge you to pick this book up and not find something to laugh about, not see yourself or people you know, or not to want to read parts of it out loud.

About the Author:
I'm a chick who writes stuff that makes you laugh. My book A Walk In The Snark hit #1 on the Kindle Motherhood list this past September (do you think they know I talk about sex? Shhh.). It's since hit about oh, SEVEN more times. #woot! I've been nominated for Funniest Blog, Best Humor Writer & Redhead Who Makes A Killer Dirty Martini (okay, I made the last one up, but it's true. Honest.).

I released The Mancode: Exposed right after Thanksgiving 2011! Two books of snarky goodness, baby.

I've been told I write in the style of that Dickens guy. Kidding.

I'm a mom, a wife, and a recovering pharmaceuticals rep. It's been a long process but I'm doing okay, thanks.

I also used to sell Trojan brand condoms. Yeah, it's hilarious, I know. I did it for three years way back when, and I was their top salesperson in the Western Region, a dubious honor at best. My number-one customer was the Mustang Ranch. No, seriously. The Mustang Ranch. I couldn't make stuff like that up.

The experience definitely gave me insights into the... er... ins and outs of men.

So it should come as no great surprise that I write about how men (The Mancode) and women (Chickspeak) approach most things differently. And since I did, in fact, grow past my Trojan days (in more ways than one or--insert your own joke here), I've thrown in a few tidbits about marriage, kids, being a mom, living in the OC (ya know-being a pale redhead living in a sea of blondes), coffee, and vodka. Not necessarily in that order, depending on the day.

Don't read this book to find advice about how to be sweet or nice. I'm pretty much allergic to both of those words. Actually don't read this book for advice on anything. (My lawyer made me put that in just in case you know, you thought I could save your marriage or something - not).

Or if you are looking for some light, heartfelt humor in everyday life (Erma Bombeck-style), well, I'm really not your girl, either. Nothin' homespun about the Queen of Snark, baby. Mostly I just laugh at stuff and make up words (See "Refrigeratoritis and Manesia.") Yet somehow it all seems to work.

And don't call me cute. (Hint: Babies and puppies are cute. Grown women are soooo not.)

Special note to men: I write frequently about "The Mancode"--like how you guys do goofy stuff and we women try, and often fail, to understand. (Um, change the toilet paper roll much? Yeah, that's what I thought.) If that offends your sensibilities, this may not be the book for you. Yeah, I'm crushed.

Like everyone, I've also had some rough times. I share those with you, too. Life can't always be martinis and beaches. Wait, this is the OC (Orange County, CA, for those of you from Canada, or people on the East Coast who don't know California beyond LA). Naw, not even here.

So, welcome to RachelintheOC.

Now go read an essay or two and find something to laugh at, would ya?

I have to go help my husband find the butter. Again.

Blog: http://rachelintheoc.com
Twitter: http://twitter.com/rachelintheoc
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/ExposingTheMancode

10 comments:

Rachel Thompson said...

Thank you Judy for you sweet and honest review. The great thing about essays is just what you said -- read a few, share with someone you love, come back later. That's my goal with a collection -- though I write them with a journey in mind, you don't have to read it from start to finish.

My second book is all original material, also humor, though still in essay format. That's just my thing :). And I'm working on book three now (not humor).

I so appreciate having you here to support indie authors. Kudos!

Anonymous said...

Good to know you don't have to read in sequence...that's a nice change!

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Goddess Fish Promotions said...

Thank you for hosting Rachel today.

MomJane said...

What a great idea. Alphabetize the days of the week. This book sounds really fun.

Catherine Lee said...

I love a book that prompts me to read out passages to my hubby. He likes it too--usually! Alphabetize the days of the week? That's a head scratcher, for sure. The advice about NOT buying food at the drugstore, right there with ya, Rachel! I buy candy at the drugstore, but that's IT. I thought it was just WEIRD when they started carrying packaged foods, like cereal, and perishables, like milk. UGH.

Rachel Thompson said...

Thank you for your comments! And yes -- I worked at Longs starting at age 15 thru college. It's SCARY what I saw growing on food. #skeeve

So not even kidding. Sadly.

Appreciate everyone coming here today!

annaliterally said...

I'm a snarky redhead, myself. Can't wait to read it!

marybelle said...

I'm a believer. Loving the tour.

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throuthehaze said...

I'm definitely going to read this book!
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Lana A said...

I'm going to gift your book to a friend, because I enjoyed reading your first book quite a lot. Candy and soft drinks are the only food article I buy in drugstores, anything else not so much.

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