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Book Review: Not Taco Bell Material by Adam Carolla

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Not Taco Bell Material, by comedian and TV and radio personality Adam Carolla, is a personal biography about a man who climbed the ladder of success working at jobs, such as carpenter and later progressing to radio, televison, comedy and acting.

Carolla grew up in a house that was termed “The Barn” by the neighborhood. During his teen years, the family had little money and he had low self esteem. For a long time, Carolla and his family moved laterally and not vertically up the ladder of success.

Not Taco Bell Material shows how Carolla progressed from small dingy houses with weak foundations to bigger and better ones. Ultimately, he graduated to high society when he moved into a huge house in Hollywood Hills.

This memoir has many black and white pictures, such as, “The Barn,” grandma’s house, Ron Tomi ( a twelfth grade counselor), and a picture of Carolla outfitted in a sombrero in Baja, Mexico. These pictures add a considerable reality and personal touch to the overall presentation.

Carolla was a man who grew weary and resentful of having to live on the edge. He had the character and fortitude to decide to change things instead of blaming his parents or surroundings for life’s tribulations. In due time, Carolla changed things for the better through perseverance and hard work in a number of endeavors.

Not Taco Bell Material is a wonderful book which illustrates the need to tackle misery forthrightly instead of wallowing in pity. A grateful Carolla, who refers to the Hawaiian word “Majalo”– “thank you”–ends the book by saying that dedication and the use of one’s talents are the road to pursuing dreams for a better life no matter the starting point.

The presentation of Not Taco Bell Material is very easy to read with a comfortable colloquial style of writing. Carolla’s honesty and self-deprecating humor are present throughout the book.

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About Dr Joseph S Maresca

I've taught approx. 34 sections of collegiate courses including computer applications, college algebra, collegiate statistics, law, accounting, finance and economics. The experience includes service as a Board Director on the CPA Journal and Editor of the CPA Candidates Inc. Newsletter. In college, I worked as a statistics lab assistant. Manhattan College awarded a BS in an allied area of operations research. The program included courses in calculus, ordinary differential equations, probability, statistical inference, linear algebra , the more advanced operations research, price analysis and econometrics. Membership in the Delta Mu Delta National Honor Society was granted together with the degree. My experience includes both private account and industry. In addition, I've worked extensively in the Examinations Division of the AICPA from time to time. Recently, I passed the Engineering in Training Exam which consisted of 9 hours of examination in chemistry, physics, calculus, differential equations, linear algebra, probability/ statistics, fluids, electronics, materials science/structure of matter, mechanics, statics, thermodynamics, computer science, dynamics and a host of minor subject areas like engineering economics. A very small percentage of engineers actually take and pass the EIT exam. The number has hovered at circa 5%. Several decades ago, I passed the CPA examination and obtained another license in Computer Information Systems Auditing. A CISA must have knowledge in the areas of data center review, systems applications, the operating system of the computer, disaster recovery, contingency planning, developmental systems, the standards which govern facility reviews and a host of other areas. An MBA in Accounting with an Advanced Professional Certificate in Computer Applications/ Information Systems , an Advanced Professional Certificate in Finance and an Advanced Professional Certificate in Organizational Design were earned at New York University-Graduate School of Business (Stern ). In December of 2005, an earned PhD in Accounting was granted by the Ross College. The program entrance requires a previous Masters Degree for admittance together with a host of other criteria. The REGISTRAR of Ross College contact is: Tel . US 202-318-4454 FAX [records for Dr. Joseph S. Maresca Box 646 Bronxville NY 10708-3602] The clinical experience included the teaching of approximately 34 sections of college accounting, economics, statistics, college algebra, law, thesis project coursework and the professional grading of approx. 50,000 CPA examination essays with the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants. Additionally, membership is held in the Sigma Beta Delta International Honor Society chartered in 1994. Significant writings include over 10 copyrights in the name of the author (Joseph S. Maresca) and a patent in the earthquake sciences.