Book Title: ‘Tis the Season to Feel Inadequate; Holidays, Special Occasions and Other Times Our Celebrations Get Out of Hand by Dorothy Rosby
Category: Adult Non-Fiction (18+) , 258 pages
Genre: Humorous Essay
Publisher: Unhinged Press
Release date: November 2022
Format available for review: print-softback (USA and Canada), e-book (GIFTED KINDLE, MOBI FILE (FOR KINDLE), PDF), audiobook (audible download)
Will send print books out: USA and Canada
Tour dates: Nov 15 to Dec 5, 2022
Content Rating: G – appropriate for general audience as defined above
Christmas comes but once a year; chaos never ends! Happy Halloween, merry Christmas and joyful Lumpy Rug Day. We didn’t make that up. Lumpy Rug Day is celebrated every May 3, though “celebrated” might be too strong a word. It’s the American way to create a celebration for everything, then turn it into a chore or worse, a nightmare. ’Tis the Season to Feel Inadequate is a collection of humorous essays about holidays, special occasions and other times our celebrations make us feel not-so-celebratory. It’s understanding for those who think Christmas form letters can be honest—or they can be interesting. or eaten all their Halloween candy and had to hand out instant oatmeal packets to their trick-or-treaters.
I was pleasantly surprised by this book, in a good way. You know the feeling, you are expecting one thing and getting another.
The collection of Dorothy Rosby’s newspaper articles, which not only focus on Christmas but also holidays in general, is written in a straightforward, unpretentious style and is full of wry, sarcastic, clever humor.
I couldn’t help but feel that we have all been in similar circumstances-feeling inadequate, unprepared, overwhelmed and worn out-as we navigate our way through holidays. I also couldn’t help but feel Rosby was writing from an all too familiar place of experience.
Her writing style brings a feeling of much needed relief from the normal over the top experiences we all want and create for the holidays.
I liked Rosby’s ability to make you feel as though you were having a cup of coffee or tea with her and she was simply chatting with you about the chaos of the holidays.
The humorous short stories had me laughing and reflecting on how to stay away from holiday pitfalls. I found myself saying things like, “Listen to this,” to my family as the stories touched close to home.
I know my goals, expectations and anticipation for the Christmas season are always thwarted by my gradiose ideas that no one could accomplish. I think I’m striving for the excitement and joy that accompanied much more nostalgic times of childhood. In order to avoid slipping into the familial, social and commercial traps, I will now frequently refer back to thisbook. After all, when I was younger, Christmas in particular was low-key but a lot of fun; surely it can be the same now, right?
I received a complimentary copy of this book from iRead Book Tours. I voluntarily chose to read and post an honest review.
Meet the Author:
Dorothy Rosby is a syndicated humor columnist and the author of four books of humorous essays. She’s the 2022 global winner of the Erma Bombeck Writers Competition, sponsored in part by the Erma Bombeck Writers Workshop. She lives in the Black Hills of South Dakota, 20 miles from Mount Rushmore, something she’s very proud of though she’s not on it—yet.
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