Mother. Wife. Sister. Human. Warrior. Falcon. Yardstick. Turban. Cabbage. by Rob Delaney
Release Date: November 5, 2013
Publisher: Spiegel & Grau
Source: Personal Copy
Buy It: Amazon | IndieBound
Who is that hairy guy in the green Speedo?
Rob Delaney is a father, a husband, a comedian, a writer. He is the author of an endless stream of beautiful, insane jokes on Twitter. He is sober. He is sometimes brave. He speaks French. He loves women with abundant pubic hair and saggy naturals. He has bungee jumped off of the Manhattan Bridge. He enjoys antagonizing political figures. He listens to metal while he works out. He likes to fart. He broke into an abandoned mental hospital with his mother. He played Sir Lancelot in Camelot. He has battled depression. He is funny as s***. He cleans up well. He is friends with Margaret Atwood. He is lucky to be alive.
First thing you should know about Rob Delaney is that sticker on the front calling him the funniest person on twitter? Very probably true. He is also an outspoken feminist ally, which has endeared him to me forever. He has bits of privilege in his writing (he loves the c-word, for example), but this book made me laugh out loud and then cry in the same paragraph. Jamie Kilstein, another comedian I like, has talked a lot about how comedy is about taking the darkest parts of your life and making them funny. A laugh so you don’t cry kind of thing. Delaney is great at that. He’s a recovering alcoholic who began drinking at age twelve, so there’s a lot of semi-heartbreaking stuff in this novel, but it’s perfectly balanced by humor, not to mention how obvious it is how much Delaney loves his mother. I’m tearing up thinking about his dedication at the beginning of the book right now.
This is a personal coming of age tale, though that’s an arguable definition. We hear how Delaney got sober, a resolution to all the wacky/terrifying stories about his drunken adventures. We hear about his parents and sister, but we don’t hear much about his wife. I’d like to read about how they got together someday too. I liked his random observations, like how humans are supposed to squat instead of sitting on a toilet, but I also was hoping to see more of his politics in the writing. Maybe next time! Check this one out. I liked it a lot more than Mindy Kaling’s effort, and remember to follow Delaney on Twitter at @robdelaney.