Ready for a good laugh? A new book by Mary Roach, My Planet: Finding Humor in the Oddest Places will make you laugh and make you think the author is living your life. And, you’re life is pretty darn funny after all.
The book is filled with essays that Roach published through her column for Reader’s Digest under the same name as the title, My Planet.
What’s so funny?
Roach talks about her husband, Ed, in just about every essay. She introduces Ed in the first essay in the book. She wrote, “It was our first date together. The man who was to become my husband, the man I call Ed.”
Below is a sampling of the essay topics included in the book:
• Dealing with automated, computer customer support
• Driving with her husband Ed.
• The difference between her visit to the dentist and Ed’s visit to the same dentist.
• Why she calls her husband Mr. Fix-it-later.
• Furniture shopping with Ed.
• Living in hotel rooms while on book tours
• Her unique way of predicting the weather
This book is one of those books that you will laugh out loud when reading. You’ll also find yourself and parts of your own life in many of the stories. One good example is the excerpt below from her essay on clean versus filth.
“As time went by, we reverted to our true selves and the Hygiene War commenced. More than anything else, it was a war of perception. Ed has crud vision, and I don’t. I don’t notice filth. Ed sees it everywhere. I am reasonably convinced that Ed can actually see bacteria.”
The only issue I found with the book is that it would have been nice to have published dates printed on each essay. Roach started her column in 2002 so the dates would have offered a nice timeline of the topics. Besides that, the book is funny, easy to read and very relatable, especially to those married folks that have experienced many of the seemingly mundane occurrences Roach details.