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Funniest Book for Ages,
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This review is from: How Not to Be American: Misadventures in the Land of the Free (Paperback)
This is a hilarious and considered dip into American culture, with weirdly quite a lot about clothes in it. The opening essay 'Thoughts on the New American Uniform' is just exactly what America looks like, then there is the funniest thing ever about Cary Grant's suit. If you are a fan of North by Northwest, let me just say you need this book LOL!
A study in American repression and denial? Partly so. But there is something much more gentle about How Not to be an American. There is an article about the Elks in it which while touching, never stops, like the rest of the book, ridiculing the lot of it, or at least allowing it to ridicule itself. We all know America is in decline, and even though this is obvious in terms of economics and foreign policy, it is just plain funny seeing how all this has manifested itself in, well, what folks wear and what they eat.
Very funny book :)