My Planet: Finding Humor in the Oddest Places
written by Mary Roach
read by Angela Dawe
I’ve loved (and been grossed out by) every book that I’ve read by Mary Roach… except this one. This is quite the departure from the other books since it’s actually a compilation of short anecdotes that she wrote for a regular column in Reader’s Digest. They’re often cute and funny but I didn’t find any of them particularly interesting and by their very nature, they were fairly repetitive when in a collection rather than a serial: her husband Ed gets introduced at the beginning of at least half of them. They’re essentially a cheery little sitcom of a life, with many of the traditional sitcom tropes including both mocking and perpetuating 1950s stereotypes of married life. And I just don’t care for sitcoms.
To summarize: it’s well written for its intended audience, but that audience isn’t really me.
This might be for me! I find Mary Roach’s other books (or the one I’ve read) very funny but also maybe a little too gross for me?