Kathleen Hale’s book, Kathleen Hale is a Crazy Stalker will be released by Grove Atlantic this June and I’m having a hard time finding humor in the scenario. I don’t care how “hilarious” her six essays promise to be. Grove Atlantic states the book is, “From a fresh gonzo American voice, a captivating and hilarious collection of essays
So… that’s a book club no thanks from me. And really – a “gonzo” (which means crazy) voice, unlike anything you’ve ever read before… There could be a reason for that.
Seriously, WTF? People who purchase this book are encouraging her ridiculous stalking behavior. In this article from The
Things I’ve learned this year about books and book reviews–if the book is touted to be intriguing, vibrant, emotionally charged, riveting, unexpected twists and turns–that’s code for WTF did I just read, plotless blunder. I mean the book MIGHT be great, but if the reviewer received an ARC or that review is on the book cover… maybe check what Goodreads reviews say.
You’ll thank me later.
One final note, while I really hope to one day be traditionally published, I really have to wonder what Grove Atlantic editors were thinking? What’s next? Kevin Spacey’s memoir?
And if you’re looking for great writing, amusing essays, try David Sedaris. He’s hilarious, but not gonzo. Me Talk Pretty One Day made me laugh out loud, much to the annoyance of the passenger sitting next to me on that long Hawaiian flight. When You Are Engulfed in Flames is great, but then so is Holidays on Ice. Actually, they’re all great. You can find them on Amazon here.