Thursday, September 30, 2010

Review: The New York Regional Mormon Singles Halloween Dance by Elna Baker

Every single week I get a bunch of books in my mailbox or on my doorstep. Some of them I have agreed to review but most are just sent on the off chance that I might choose to review them. It is a little like Christmas every day, which is fantastic. Some of the books I receive are not books in genres that I like or about subjects that interest me, so they go into the "giveaway or read when I have nothing else left (HA HA!) pile. Many are historical fiction, which I love, or other types of fiction that I might muster up an interest for eventually...they go into the ever expanding to-be-read piles that clutter up my house.

Very, very rarely does a book come in that I did not ask for, have never heard of before, but that catches my attention immediately. For me to take it out of the package, sit down and start to read it? Seriously, it has happened maybe two or three times in the last two plus years. This one, happily, was one. By page seven I was laughing so hard that tears were running down my face. Here's the dedication:
Mom and Dad,

I could never have done this without your faith, support, and constant encouragement. Thank you for teaching me to believe in myself, in God, and in my dreams.

This book....aside from the nine F-words, thirteen Sh-words, four A-holes, page 257, and the entire Warren Beatty chapter....is dedicated to you.

You might want to avoid chapters twenty-one, twenty-two, twenty-three, anything I quote Mom saying, and most of the end as well.

Sorry. Am I still cute as a button?

Love,

Elna

How, I ask you, could you resist reading on after an opening like that? In her first book, Elna Baker takes you along with her on her life since she moved to New York at age eighteen. She grapples with big questions: religion, faith, sex, love and life in an endearingly honest and frequently hilarious way. I think she's cute as a button, too. And I loved this book!

But don't take my word for it...here are some clips of the author herself, telling some of the stories that are included in the book. Bet you'll be hooked, too.




You can visit Elna's webpage and blog for more information about her! The New York Regional Mormon Singles Halloween Dance is published by Plume/Penguin, ISBN 978-0-452-29649-7. Many thanks to Penguin for randomly sending me a wonderful book!!

9 comments:

Zibilee said...

I love books that make me laugh, and if the dedication is any indicator, I think I would really love this book. I am going to have to check it out. Thanks for the great review! I had not heard of it before, but now I am all over it!!

bermudaonion said...

This book sounds wonderful to me! I love authors who don't take themselves too seriously.

Heather J. said...

That second video has be in tears from laughing so hard!! I'd never had thought to read this book but it sounds HILARIOUS.

avisannschild said...

Oh my goodness, this sounds hilarious! Thanks for sharing those videos!

Michele at Reader's Respite said...

Oh my gosh, I just about peed my pants reading that dedication!!

The Tome Traveller said...

Michele- this is the book that Mr. TT said that I had to send to you...but I have a Mormon friend that is borrowing it first!

Booksnyc said...

This book is on my TBR - watching the videos has only made me want to read it more - thanks!

Chism said...

Recently read this.

Hilarious book. Loved the FAO Schwartz moments.

Sheila Deeth said...

Okay. You hooked me. Looking out for it.

Thank you!!

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